Centro Historico de Popayan

Centro Historico de Popayan

Centro Historico de Popayan
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Flojos2
Tucson, AZ54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
Popayan has an interesting place in the history of Colombia and provides several sights that will entertain you for about two days.
The Cathedral is located on the main square (which is bordered by pedestrian only streets). The Cathedral is not really very new but is interesting for the fan of architecture.
The San Francisco church, within a few blocks, is rather old and is in very good shape; it is also a good visit for the fan of architecture of that period.
The house where Guillermo Valencia is interested for the furniture, the house itself (with the creaking wood floors), the memorabilia of the family. The original owner of the house was a poet and regional figure of importance. His son one of the presidents of Colombia (when JFK was president of the US).
There are portraits of several generations of the family, an art gallery and lots of furnishings that belonged to the family.
The building is a beautiful example of Spanish colonial architecture.
All the sights in Popayan are within walking distance of the main square.
Written September 26, 2016
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rbrow018
308 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
As I was making my way down to the Ecuadorian border. I took a microbus (9k Colombian Pesos or $3 USD) from the Cali bus terminal to the next biggest city to the south and ended up in Popayan three hours later. My hotel, La Casona, turned out to be a great choice as it was right in the middle of the city and had a balcony overlooking the town square, Parque Caldas. Popayan reminded me of Antigua, Guatemala minus the overwhelming amount of tourists. While the central area had similar colonial architecture, many of the people I saw walking around were Colombian’s going about their everyday lives. The area was also filled with boutique cafes and pastelerías (or bakeries). I did have a close call as I rolled my ankle walking around the city’s uneven cobblestone streets and couldn’t walk for nearly two days. In addition, near the outskirts of the city, there was a hill known as El Morro del Tulcán which hosted a run down park but had a nice view overlooking the city, especially at sunset. Due to my foot, I was unable to really do much else outside of the city. My only criticism is I felt I had to work way too hard to find a good restaurant that wasn't a bakery or street food vendor located in the immediate area. However, I enjoyed Popayan and would definitely recommend those passing through to stay longer than the three days I did.
Written October 1, 2019
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Angela María C
Cali, Colombia63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
I went with my husband to enjoy the Holy Week celebrations in Popayán, in its Historical Center. The so-called "White City" has to offer tourists, Catholic and non-Catholic, religious processions, from Holy Monday to Holy Saturday. They are processions of the steps recreating the passion of Christ, similar to those in Spain, with great detail in their organization and with the fervor and respect from the people who enjoy them on the streets, where you can breathe tradition, art and history.
The processions have all the solemnity and the steps are beautiful, coming from several places, like Peru, Ecuador and Spain. They represent the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, and other saints. They have many silver and gold ornaments and are decorated with flowers, whose colors vary according to the day. Carrying each step is a tradition of Popayán families and, generally speaking, young people do it. It is an honor to participate in this event. People from Popayán are very proud of this tradition which has 461 years of history!!
Written April 25, 2019
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hulstra
Maple Ridge, British Columbia91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Little is visible of the devastating 1983 earthquake. The streets are filled with people, as is the Parque Caldas, all in a well-explained, white-washed atmosphere.
Written April 2, 2019
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lewishe2002
Guatape, Colombia22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Having adored the Colonial architecture of cities all over the world, I'll admit I had low expectations of Popayan. Fortunately for me, this city's charming historic district more than delighted me. I expected the 'White City' to be a bit drab and lacking in color, but the warm glow that the nice street lanterns cast on the cream-colored buildings was incredibly romantic and seemed to provide a continuity that I found very relaxing and special. Take along someone you love and enjoy wandering Popayan's almost empty romantic streets at night!
Written October 8, 2018
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TheBirdSpokane
Spokane244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
Popayan has a lot of history. I went around with an engish speaking guide and that was very helpful to get the most out of my visit. I had arranged for the guide prior to coming through a travel agency based in San Agustin. (Chaska tours). If you are going there also they may be able to get that set up for you.
Written January 20, 2018
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Traveler
Washington DC, DC125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Business
The historic center of Popayan has all the sites you need to see in the city. The center is less busy on weekends (almost empty on Sundays) so the best day to visit would be Friday or Saturday. You can definitely go around the center in a day.
Written July 7, 2016
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MMVR
Medellin, Colombia57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
Lovely walkable historical city Center. Beautiful colonial houses. Safe at nighttime. And many different place to enjoy the traditional pipián empanadas with peanut sauce! Recommend!
Written November 27, 2018
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Adrian M
Popayan, Colombia6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
Beautiful white colonial-era buildings, cafes, restaurants, shopping and churches all with it's own different story.
Written January 11, 2018
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Panamajoe2017
Sechelt, Canada315 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
A nice area in which to stroll around. Many of the buildings are painted white, there is an historical reason for this, and there are loads of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and churches. Several of the streets are cobblestones.
Written December 12, 2017
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