- Resort type: City resort
- Landscape: Town, Riverside, Volcanoes
- What to do: Natural Parks & Reserves, Historical & Architectural Monuments, Hiking
Popayan is a city in a Columbian department Cauca. This resort is situated on the slopes of the Puras volcano in the south of Central Cordillera.
In 1983 Popayan was seriously destructed by the earthquake, but later the locals restored the city. Popayan is a favourite place for the lovers of the excursion tourism. During an excursion tour, they will see Catedral, Iglesia de San Francisco Church and Iglesia de Santo Domingo Church. A viewing platform on Capella de Belen opens a fantastic view on the city and its suburbs.
Those who prefer the education tourism should visit such museums of Popayan as Casa-Museo Mosquera, Museum of Natural History and Guillermo Valencia Museum.
To the northeast of Popayan, there is Silva village where the Guambiano Indians live. The tourists will get acquainted with the everyday life of the Indians and visit the market where they can buy souvenirs made by the local craftsmen.
Archaeological Park of San Agustin is situated in 2.5 kilometres from the city. It is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The tourists will see the largest group of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in South America stands in a wild, spectacular landscape. The Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The ecological tourists will want to go to Parque Nacional Puras.
Those who love shopping should go to Campanario Centro Comercial mall.
The best restaurants in Popayan are Mora Castilla, Camino real and Semilla Escondida.
At night, Rogelio Bar opens its doors.