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Aeropuerto Guillermo León Valencia is 1km north of the city center. There are up to four flights daily to Bogotá with Avianca ( and EasyFly (


The Terminal de Transporte Popayán is 1km north of the city center. There are frequent services to Cali (COP$23,000, three to four hours). Direct buses to Bogotá (COP$110,000, 12 to 14 hours) and Medellín (COP$98,000, 11 hours) depart in the evenings.

There are regular minibuses to San Agustín (COP$37,000, five hours); most companies require a change of vehicle but Sotracauca offers a direct service four times daily.

Buses to Tierradentro (COP$26,000, five hours) leave at 5:30am, 8:30am, 10:30am, 1pm and 3pm. The 10:30am service takes you all the way to the Museo Arqueológico entrance.

Hourly buses connect to Pasto (COP$37,000, six hours) and Ipiales (COP$42,000, eight hours). It's best to travel during the day if possible, when you'll also be able to admire the amazing views.