Holidays to Popayan

Colombia
Southwest of Bogota, Popayan is known for its whitewashed colonial buildings and many beautiful churches, including the domed, neoclassical Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption and the 17th-century Church of La Ermita. The city is also a prominent religious center with popular Holy Week processions.

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How to get to Popayan

Here's what you need to know about getting to Popayan. You can see the cheapest month to fly and a snapshot of flight prices for the following month. Also, don't forget to factor in your travelling time - the typical flight from London Heathrow to Popayan takes 14 hours, 59 minutes.

When to go to Popayan

Typical Holiday Price

£2916 per person

The average price of hotels and apartments in Popayan varies according to the time of year. To help you plan when to go, we've looked at the hotels available on our site, then worked out the average price per night for the quietest and the busiest months.

Cheapest Month to Visit

November

Based on a typical 1 week holiday - adding together the cost of flights and accommodation - November is the cheapest month to go to Popayan.

Things to see and do in Popayan

Julia P | Trip by SkyscannerNatural History Museum
Natural History Museum

Reviews of Popayan

Max Hodge
Max HodgeLondon
24/11/2015

Not many people rave about Popayan, but I thought it was lovely and deserves to be a more regular feature on travellers’ itineraries. This wonderfully preserved old town is surrounded by impressive colonial architecture and whitewashed buildings, with pretty little churches on every corner. Thanks to its popular university, Popayan has quite a young population, so is a great place for excellent cheap food and lively bars. A sleeping giant on the travelling circuit.

Noel Lau
Noel LauMadrid
11/07/2015

Popayan lies in the southwest of Colombia. It is a colonial-era city with mostly white colonial houses; that's why it is also called the "white city". It has a mild and pleasant climate but few touristy sights. Most people stop here en-route to San Agustin and/or Tierradentro. However, Popayan was once an important stopping point on the road between Cartagena and Quito. Today it boasts one of the oldest universities in Colombia.

Daniel Mason-D'Croz
Daniel Mason-D'CrozBrisbane
24/09/2012

Colombia's white city. Located a couple hour drive from Cali, it is a university center and was once one of the more important administrative centers of Spanish colonial rule. The old colonial architecture, and wonderful weather make it a great place to visit for a weekend. In addition to the historical value of the old city, it is has a vibrant university community which gives any visitor plenty of options for things to do in the evening

Julia P
Julia PLondon
20/12/2011

This is the city where you stay before going to Tierradentro and San Augustin, two of Colombia's most important archaeological sites. It's beautiful and colonial, but somewhat marred by traffic. Be sure to check out the mummies in the church of San Francisco - you have to ask the policeman to let you in.

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Cali

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