"On Finding the Pipián in Popayán" Top 5 Page for this destination Popayán by richiecdisc
Popayán Travel Guide: 106 reviews and 381 photos
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.
The most popular day trip from Popayán is Silvia. This small picturesque mountain town 50 kilometers from “the big... more travel advice
The empanada in question was an empanada de pipián, which smallish ones served with a chili-infused peanut sauce noted... more travel advice
- try some Caucano if you eat too much
- make your own luladas
- See All La Ciudad Blanca or White City
- it's no problem getting to Popayán
richiecdisc's Related Pages
Popayán Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "On Finding the Pipián in Popayán"
- "Popayan - white is beautiful!"
- "Popayan - The white city"
- "Ciudad Blanca"
- See All...
- Things to Do in Popayán
- Hotels in Popayán
- Transportation in Popayán
- Nightlife in Popayán
- Restaurants in Popayán
- Shopping in Popayán
- Warnings and Dangers in Popayán
- See All...
Explore the World
Badges & Stats in Popayán
- 34 Reviews
- 96 Photos
- 0 Forum posts
- 6 Comments
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (115)
Have you been to Popayán?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in Popayán
Photos in PopayánSee All Photos (96)
Top 10 Pages
- Top 5 Page for this destination United States of America Intro, 125 reviews, 127 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Cartagena Intro, 50 reviews, 143 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Galápagos Islands Intro, 54 reviews, 125 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Yosemite National Park Intro, 53 reviews, 103 photos
- San Francisco Intro, 58 reviews, 95 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Grand Teton National Park Intro, 41 reviews, 112 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Bavaria Intro, 73 reviews, 74 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Glacier National Park Intro, 47 reviews, 96 photos
- Dresden Intro, 53 reviews, 87 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Olympic National Park Intro, 44 reviews, 89 photos