Top things to do

Top Choice Archaeological Site in San Agustín

Parque Arqueológico

The 78-hectare archaeological park is 2.5km west of the town of San Agustín. There are over 130 statues in the park in total, either found in situ or collected from other areas, including some of the best examples o…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Tierradentro

Parque Arqueológico

Scattered across the hills around the little town of San Andrés de Pisimbalá, Tierradentro's Parque Arqueológico includes four tomb sites, an above-ground statuary and two museums. Tickets for the Parque Arqueológic…
Top Choice Middle Eastern in San Agustín


Right on the main square, this little place tantalizes with the smells, sights and sounds of the Middle East. Thick, savory beetroot hummus. Cilanto hummus! The sizzle of shakshuka eggs on a skillet filled with a fl…
Top Choice Church in Popayán

Iglesia de San Francisco

Dating back to the late 18th century, Popayán's largest colonial church is also its most beautiful. Inside are a fine high altar and a collection of seven unique side altars. The 1983 earthquake cracked open the oss…
Top Choice Museum in Popayán

Casa Museo Negret & MIAMP

This 18th-century house is the home of world-renowned Colombian artist Edgar Negret, whose vast abstract iron sculptures dot plazas around the country. The Museo Iberoamericano de Arte Moderno de Popayán (MIAMP) sec…
Top Choice Observatory in Desierto de la Tatacoa

Observatorio Astronómico Astrosur

Former Tatacoa Observatory resident astronomer Javier Rua Restrepo now runs his own observatory around 1km further away from town. He is a dynamic teacher who clearly loves his work and he has a number of high-quali…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Popayán


A cute little Catalan-run cafe in a less busy part of the historic center, serving a fantastic spread of mostly Mediterranean dishes. Expect Spanish omelettes, pasta, lasagna, crepes filled with Nutella and other ta…
Top Choice Colombian in San Agustín

Donde Richard

This grill restaurant on the road to the Parque Arqueológico serves some of the best food in town, with the beguiling scent of roasting meat and the savory crunch of patacones luring in diners on their way back from…
Top Choice Coffee in Popayán

Togoima Café Ancestral

One of the best cafes in town, preparing a wide variety of hot and cold beverages using high-quality beans from around the country. There are so many combinations you'll never have to try the same drink twice.
Top Choice Cafe in Popayán

Mora Castilla

This upstairs cafe is always busy with chatting locals and prepares excellent fresh juices and traditional snacks, including salpicón payanese, champus, tamales and carantantas. If you're still hungry, pop next door…