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Popayán

The Pan-American Highway twists and turns for 248 kilometers (149 miles) north from Pasto, arriving at Popayán in the Valle de Pubenza. To the south, east and north of this city are verdant plains studded with mountains. To the southeast is Volcan Puracé and the national park named for it.

Popayán is nicknamed Ciudad Blanca, or the White City. Its narrow streets are lined with two-story buildings constructed in rococo Andalusian-style architecture. Their whitewash is almost blinding on a sunny day. The cathedral is styled in clean, classic Roman lines. The central plaza, Parque Caldas, is a pleasant place to seek shade beneath palms and flowering trees. Here, musicians and comedians frequently entertain the crowds.

Traveling north towards Cali (142 kilometers/85 miles away), you then enter the humid Valle del Cauca, surrounded by mountain ranges on either side. During this journey you can occasionally see Nevado del Huila.

Neighborhoods in Popayán: Near Popayán,

Other places nearby Popayán: Pasto, Tierradentro, Ipiales, Parque Nacional Puracé and San Agustín.







11 Aug 2011

VIVA Colombia

Top Museums

Museums of Popayán

115109One place to get out of Popayán's rains are the museums. Many are the historical homes of past illustrious citizens. A few premier art museums also are on the scene, the Museo de Arte Religioso and ...
Museum
Popayán, Colombia

Museo Arquidiocesano de Arte Religioso

115110The Museo de Arte Religioso was founded in 1972 by the city's Archdiocese to protect and conserve the most valuable artworks of Popayán's churches. Divided into six halls devoted to specific ...
Museum
Popayán, Colombia

Museo de Historia Natural

115111Under the auspices of the Universidad de Cauca, the Museo de Historia Natural is a nice break from the usual art and miscellanea-housing historical museums. With splendid collections explaining the ...
Museum
Popayán, Colombia

Popayán's Culinary Best

No-Name Restaurant

On Calle 8 you can find several cheap restaurants. But this no-name, family-run eatery stands out from its neighbors in the quality of food it prepares (even boiling the water from which drinks are ...
Restaurant
Popayán, Colombia

Madeira Cafe

You can join locals for a quick cup of coffee or tea in this small corner café. Perhaps you’d like to have that accompanied by a brownie or other sweet, or a sandwich. On a hot payanés day, a ...
Restaurant
Popayán, Colombia

Comedor Vegetariano Bio-Integrales Kanda

Ah, vegetarians, does Popayán have a surprise for you! A real, honest-to-goodness vegetarian restaurant with flavorful, nutritionally well-balanced meals. You can be guaranteed your complete ...
Restaurant
Popayán, Colombia

Mey Chow

Upon entering Mey Chow through the plain wooden doors, you are not immediately exposed to the grace of this establishment. Step out of the vestibule, past the sandstone reception, and its elegant ...
Restaurant
Popayán, Colombia

Carbonera Parrilla

Sorry vegetarians: Carbonera Parrilla is for meat eaters only. A generous portion of chicken, pork, fish or succulent beef is served hot off the grill on a wooden plank to your picnic table. If you ...
Restaurant
Popayán, Colombia

Restaurante Pizzaría Italiano

Step into this Italian café with its wood-trimmed, mustard colored walls hung with Montreaux Jazz Festival posters. Pull up a wood-and-leather seat at one of the tables. A pizza or pasta, you will ...
Restaurant
Popayán, Colombia

Cafetería Santo Domingo La 4ª

Cafetería Santo Domingo is a small, simply furnished café. Its lunch special sells out quickly--and for good reason. Not only is the meal tasty and inexpensive ($1.60), but the presentation has a ...
Restaurant
Popayán, Colombia

Restaurant China

As you can guess by its name, Restaurant China dishes up Chinese food prepared with chicken, pork, beef or seafood and served with steamed white rice. Vegetarian options are limited to chop suey or ...
Restaurant
Popayán, Colombia

El Portón del Patio

After spending a few hours in the Museo de Historia Natural, stop by El Portón del Patio for a quick bite to eat. The menu includes not only the usual daily meal for meat-eaters or vegetarians, but ...
Restaurant
Popayán, Colombia

La Viña Parrillada

Mornings people drop in to catch up on the events, on gossip, over a cup of coffee and pan de oro from La Viña\'s in-house bakery, or over breakfast. Come afternoon, the place hops with business ...
Restaurant
Popayán, Colombia

Restaurante La Oficina

The interior of Restaurante La Oficina is a bit incongruous with its name: the decorations are rustic, a bit humble, with pink cloths draping the tables—not quite like an office. But nonetheless ...
Restaurant
Popayán, Colombia

First-Rate Accomodation

Hotel El Paso

On the second floor of a colonial-era building is the Hotel El Paso, a good mid-range hostel choice in Popayán. Furnished with solid, carved wood furniture (including a dressing table), all rooms ...
Hotel
Popayán, Colombia

Hotel Los Portales

Take a seat in one of the rocking chairs around the front courtyard of Hotel Los Portales and listen to the water spilling from the fountain. Your room will look out upon this patio or one of the ...
Hotel
Popayán, Colombia

Hotel La Plazuela

A first-class hotel just across from Iglesia San José, Hotel La Plazuela is in a 1742 building rescued after the 1983 earthquake. Beautiful period pieces furnish the common sitting areas, original ...
Hotel
Popayán, Colombia

Hotel Colonial

As its name implies, the Hotel Colonial is in a building from the early centuries of this city. A small inn, the lobby is tastefully adorned with original artwork and flower-filled vases. The rooms ...
Hotel
Popayán, Colombia

Hotel La Casona del Virrey

Hotel La Casona del Virrey, a stylish inn set in a colonial-era building, is a surprisingly affordable alternative right in the heart of Popayán. This is the perfect place to watch the Semana ...
Hotel
Popayán, Colombia

Hotel Panamá

It's cheap, it's clean and the beds aren't bad. The rooms are small, though--not even big enough to swing a cat in--and the ground floor rooms are dark. There's only common-bath with cold-water ...
Hotel
Popayán, Colombia

Hotel Capital

If you can afford to spend a dollar more, Hotel Capital is a comfortable choice for budget travelers. All rooms have common baths, but here there is deliciously hot water. The back courtyard garden ...
Hotel
Popayán, Colombia

Hotel Dann Monasterio

Hotel Dann Monasterio is the cream of the Popayán hotel crop. This Franciscan Monastery turned hotel in 1920 is the only accommodation around with a swimming pool. The 47 rooms still have that ...
Hotel
Popayán, Colombia

Hotel Camino Real

Food connoisseurs will want to stay at Hotel Camino Real. The hotel’s restaurant has been recognized with multiple gastronomy awards and the menu covers a variety of plates. History buffs will ...
Hotel
Popayán, Colombia
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