"On Finding the Pipián in Popayán" Top 5 Page for this destination Popayán by richiecdisc
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In a country filled with colonial gems, Popayán stands out even in Colombia. While it may lack the cobblestone streets of Villa de Leyva, hilly perspective of Barichara, and mixed tropical flair of Cartagena, it has an amazingly large assemblage of perfectly preserved chalk-white colonial buildings interspersed with a fine collection of churches. That it became the most important stop on the trading route between Cartagena and Quito is only more impressive in light of a storied history ravaged only too often by earthquakes. But La Ciudad Blanca or White City is more than its history. It is a thriving and authentic city that takes great pride in its past but embraces the future without losing sight of its present day stature as an up and coming tourist center for the southwest of Colombia. As the country rightfully grows into one of the continents most popular destinations, Popayán will likely join the ranks of its more famous colonial cousins. But for now, it remains marvelously unspoiled. So, enjoy this marvel before you have to fight over its wonders.
Popayán is in itself an impressive city that keep you busy for quite a few days but it is the surrounding area that will make it an important transit hub for more extensive exploration. It has a good infrastructure in place already with a convenient bus terminal and great and varied accommodation and eating options. Add to this mix some local dishes and you have a recipe for a place to linger in so by all means do.
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