A sense of peace envelops those who walk the streets of Popayán, with its elegant white churches and residences. Founded in 1537 by Sebastian de Belalcázar, the capital of Cauca is one of the most important religious centers in Colombia. From this city, known for its excellent cuisine, you can visit nearby mountains, valleys, and lakes.
What to do in Popayán
Popayán’s historical and cultural richness is reflected in its buildings, especially during Holy Week when tradition plays an important role. The department is populated by the Nasa, Embera, and Guambia indigenous communities, among others, and offers visitors spas with relaxing hot springs.
The city takes great care in organizing its Easter processions —they are Popayán’s major attraction. Since the seventeenth century, the city’s residents keep its white walls clean to celebrate this event. Visitors enjoy the pomp that fills the streets during one of the most important religious celebrations in Colombia.
Visit churches, museums, and parks and enjoy good food in and around Popayán in Cauca.