10 Things to Do in Popayan That You Shouldn't Miss

August 19, 2017 Velvet Champine

Discover the best top things to do in Popayan, Colombia including Parque Caldas, Parque Natural de Purace, Torre del Reloj, Centro Historico de Popayan, Puente del Humilladero, Iglesia de San Francisco, Museo Arquidiocesano de Arte Religioso, Pueblito Patojo, Museo de Historia Natural, Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption.
Restaurants in Popayan

1. Parque Caldas

Calle 4 Carrera 7, Popayan, Colombia
Excellent
54%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
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1%
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4.5 based on 237 reviews

Parque Caldas

Reviewed By Tiffany K - Bozeman, Montana

We spent the morning relaxing here and watching a bicycle race. The streets immediately surrounding the park are closed to traffic which is really nice and cuts down on the noise and air pollution. There are some great restaurants nearby if you walk up or down the street bordering the north of the park.

2. Parque Natural de Purace

Popayan - 44 Km hasta el punto denominado El Crucero | desvío a la mina de azufre de Puracé a 1 Km, Popayan, Colombia +57 313 4246563
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 115 reviews

Parque Natural de Purace

Reviewed By bckpckrau - Melbourne, Australia

The road up from Popayan is horrendous, don't underestimate it. However as you climb to the paramo the surroundings get better culminating in a beautiful 4km hike around a thermal area covered in fields of moss and a million bromeliads and cycads. Really worth visiting. There are better views of frajliones on the section of road throigh the park to San Augustin but either way it's a great parque.

3. Torre del Reloj

Calle 5 Cra.7, Popayan, Colombia
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
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0%
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

Torre del Reloj

Reviewed By foodaroundamerica - North Palm Beach, Florida

Walking down town Popayan is traveling in time going back a few centuries. White buildings with a colonial style. What a great day in Popayan!

4. Centro Historico de Popayan

Carrera 1 | Centro Historico, Popayan, Colombia
Excellent
62%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
1%
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0%
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4.5 based on 64 reviews

Centro Historico de Popayan

Reviewed By LolaGo1 - Washington DC, District of Columbia

To expedite your visit of the historic center, get a free map from the Tourist Office located near Parque Caldas.
There are so many things to see and do at the historic center, museums, churches, shops, restaurants, etc.
Tip: Take a day trip,from Cali to Popayan. There are various companies selling tickets for the latter, ranging from 14,000 pesos to 17,000 per person. Travel time is about 3 hours from Cali to Popayan.

5. Puente del Humilladero

Calle 4, Popayan, Colombia
Excellent
31%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 163 reviews

Puente del Humilladero

Reviewed By Olivia S - London, United Kingdom

We visited the bridge as part of the free walking tour. If you're from Europe its pretty identical with the Bridges at home (in central and South America this design of Bridge is a rare occurrence). Although what it's made from is bizarre - ingredients include milk, honey and Ox blood ?! Very odd.
On Saturday there's a small, sweet market that starts at the beginning of it.

6. Iglesia de San Francisco

Calle 4, Carrera 9, Popayan, Colombia
Excellent
56%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Iglesia de San Francisco

Reviewed By sauraumpfa - Wels, Austria

it is one block away from the plaza central. many other nice old spanish style buildings around - all are very well restored! i was surprised how well maintained the old city center was.

7. Museo Arquidiocesano de Arte Religioso

Calle 4 No. 4 - 56 Centro, Popayan, Colombia
Excellent
68%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
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0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Museo Arquidiocesano de Arte Religioso

Reviewed By Harold B - London, United Kingdom

An excellent small museum of colonial religious art set in a beautiful colonial building. The collection is very comprehensive and beautifully displayed. There are painting, silver, ceramica, furniture, etc. Our visit was made all the more special by a very charming guide who was a tourist police working in the building.

8. Pueblito Patojo

Sector de la Pamba, Popayan, Colombia
Excellent
35%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 53 reviews

Pueblito Patojo

Reviewed By vfloro - Marikina, Philippines

There isn't much to see here but there are lot of stalls that sell typical food from Popayan. I'd recommend going to try the empanadas and tamales, which are different in this region of Colombia.

9. Museo de Historia Natural

Carrera 2 # 1A-25, Popayan 190002, Colombia
Excellent
46%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 44 reviews

Museo de Historia Natural

Reviewed By Flojos2 - Tucson, AZ

The Museo de Historia Natural (Museum of Natural History), which belongs to the Universidad del Cauca en Popayan, Colombia is an outstanding collection of exhibits.
There are butterflies, beetles, spiders, serpents, rock collections, all too much to digest in the hour I spent there.
The exhibit is well organized and in a nice building near the campus of the Universidad del Cauca.
There is a lot of research going on here in the area in and around Popayan. Many of the researchers come from Germany and France (according to the guide).
This museum is a 'must-see' in Popayan.

10. Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption

Calle 5, Popayan, Colombia
Excellent
53%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption

Reviewed By Aidan80 - South America

I liked this church. It seemed brighter and more interesting than others I've seen recently. Worth a quick look.

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