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In 1537 the Spanish conqueror Sebastian Belalcazar conquered the city. Because of its strategical location Popayan became a very rich and important city. Nowadays its glory has faded, especially after the earthquake in 1983 but it still keeps a beautiful colonial style in the restored center. Most of the two storey houses have lovely balconies.
It still has a good educatonial level and its University, founded in 1827, is the oldest and one of the most distinguished in Colombia.
El Morro de Tulcan is a pre-Hispanic kind of pyramid where people of the high class citizens were buried. You can enjoy nice views from the top. Volcano Popayan is another opportunity for a nice hike. It can be ascended in four to five hours.

The climate is very pleasant and with an average temperature of 19 C (66F), it can be visited all year around.
The nearby most traditional village of Silvia hold a weekly market where lots of indigenous people from the villages come to sell their products.
Gastronomy plays an important role and the city has been appointed the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2005. Its traditional rich and flavoured dishes have attracted many more gastronomic events.
Popayan is also famous for its Semana Santa celebrations which are the second famous in the world. There are long religious processions in the streets and thousands of people are watching from the sidewalks.

  • Last visit to Popayán: Jan 2008
  • Intro Updated Oct 11, 2014
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