A picturesque mountain town 53km northeast of Popayán, Silvia is the center of the Guambiano region. The Guambiano people don't live in Silvia itself, but in the small mountain villages of Pueblito, La Campana, Guambia and Caciques. The whole community numbers about 12,000.
The Guambiano are considered one of the most traditional indigenous groups in Colombia. They speak their own language, dress traditionally and still use long-established farming techniques. They're also excellent weavers and come to Silvia for the lively weekly market to sell their wares.