Departamento del Cauca Travel Guide

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See all 106 Popayán Tips
  • Los Quingos de Belén in Popayan - Avoid

    Popayán Restaurants

    This place had a good reputation, which is why my wife and I had lunch here again after coming here several times over the years. Too bad that the restaurant has taken advantage of that previously good reputation to now serve overpriced, and at least in our case, inedible food. We have lived in Colombia for eight years now, and have eaten in...

  • Popayan to San Agustin

    Popayán Transportation

    San Agustin to Popayan takes about 6 hours by bus, by private vehicle it would be about an hour less. Most of the road is un paved in poor condition and a normal car would not be able to make it. Anthing with higher ground clearance such as a SUV or Pick Up could do it without much difficulty. Inquire about road conditions before heading out as...

  • Disco from hell

    Popayán Warnings and Dangers

    Popayan is a lovely city, but. . . . Unless you intend to join the disco itself, stay away from a bed anywhere near Parque Caldas, the central square, on Thusday through Saturday nights (and Sundays if Monday is a holiday -- of which there are many.) To coin an advertising slogan, 'the only risk' is sleep deprivation. There's a full-on,...


Isla Gorgona

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  • The former prison

    Isla Gorgona Things to Do

    One morning after breakfast we (the five tourists on Isla Gorgona and the guide Jesus) made a tour at the former prison. Between 1959 - 1982 this was Colombia’s high security prison. We saw the canteen, bathrooms, the place for laundry, the dormitory (where you still can see lots of bunk beds), the isolation cells and more. It can’t have been easy...

  • Walking tour - Sendero Playa Palmeras

    Isla Gorgona Things to Do

    There are at least three different walking tours to take on Isla Gorgona, but you must always walk with a guide. I walked with the guide Jesus to Playa Palmeras on the south western side of the island. It is a 5 km walk and it passes El Antiguo Muelle, La Azufrada, Piedra Redonda and Playa Blanca.The walk is through the rainforest and at a few...

  • Visitor centre and museum

    Isla Gorgona Things to Do

    After you have arrived to Isla Gorgona you must visit the visitor centre to get information about the National Park. You will also be shown a film about the flora and fauna on the island.Twice during my visit someone watched TV and had a very loud sound on that could be heard to my room and hammock. First time no one was there and I turned of the...



See all 15 Silvia Tips
  • routinely entering other's interractions

    Silvia Favorites

    We left the market and headed back over to the park to take a break but there was no break to be had. The park was crawling with Guambianos and these were even more colorfully-clad than the ones in the market. Besides, the light was better outside. The only problem was it was more obvious if you took them out here. I knew this was really pushing...

  • bring a good zoom if taking photos

    Silvia What to Pack

    There is little reason to spend the night in Silvia and bringing a lot of luggage on the mini-bus might not be the easiest thing to do. Silvia is much cooler than Popayán from which you most likely have come so bring something warm to wear, especially in the morning. A wide angle is nice for panoramic shots of the market but one thing you will...

  • Guambiano culture

    Silvia Local Customs

    The Guambiano are a bit of a curiosity but their history is a proud one and they stand as the most dynamic and thriving of all traditional Colombian indigenous groups. Estimates put their numbers at between 12 and 20,000 and this is even more impressive when you take into consideration that at the beginning of the century, they had dwindled down to...



See all 5 Tierradentro Tips
  • From Tierradentro to Popayan

    Tierradentro Transportation

    There is one direct bus from the village San Andres de Pisimbala to Popayan and it leaves every morning at 6am. Later you can always go to La Cruz and take another bus from there.I wanted to take the direct bus at 6am and was at the corner well in time. At 5.50 a chiva (the old open colourful buses) came and I was told to go with that bus. We often...

  • Restaurante La Portada

    Tierradentro Restaurants

    San Andres de Pisimbala is a small village and there are not many places to eat. After walking around between the archaeological sites the whole day I really was in need of a good meal. I had seen Restaurante La Portada earlier and went there. The chairs were on the tables so I was affraid it was closed. But no, they had been cleaning and could...

  • From La Plata to Tierradentro

    Tierradentro Transportation

    They called from Hotel Berlin to check when buses were leaving La Plata for Tierradentro (San Andres) the next day. Buses were going to leave at 6.30, 10.30, 13.00 and 16.00. I was told I did not have to go to the terminal but could take the bus from a corner somewhere. Well, I was ready quite early in the morning and decided to take a taxi to the...



See all 6 Guapí Tips
  • Shopping in Guapí

    Guapí Shopping

    On the main street, opposite Hotel Rio Guapi, there is a souvenir shop selling things made of straw. I bought some nice table mats. There where also bags and hats to buy. Along the main street you can also find small stalls where women sell different fruits and there are a few small grocery stores. Along the narrow street nearest to the river you...

  • Boat to Isla Gorgona and back

    Guapí Transportation

    I had booked everything regarding the Isla Gorgona trip at Aviatur in Bogotá. So, together with two persons from Bogotá who were also going to Isla Gorgona, I was taken from the airport to Aviaturs office in Guapí. The office is by the river and that’s from where the boat is leaving. We thought we were leaving quite soon, but it turned out we had...

  • Cafés - panaderias

    Guapí Restaurants

    There are several cafés/panaderias in Guapí and I visited two of them, both on the main street. The first one was situated about a block from the square. I had two pieces of bread, a yoghurt and a blackberry juice with milk. It was 4400 pesos (July 2008). The next morning I had breakfast at a small café just across the road from Rio Guapí Hotel. It...



See all 3 Inzá Tips
  • The Tombs

    Inzá Things to Do

    The tombs are of a similar but different type of those in Tierradentro. Instead of being dug from the top, with stairs leading down into the tomb, the entrance is like a tunnel starting at the side of the hill. One tunnel goes in, then just dead ends after a while. The other starts off in the same way, but comes to some stairs going down. These...

  • The Pyramid

    Inzá Things to Do

    Once (if) you manage to find the place, the pyramid will be the first thing you see. It is in the backyard of some peoples house, a married couple with two young boys. The pyramid is over the tombs. There are nice views from here over the surrounding valley.

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