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Popayán

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Introduction

Zicht op Popayan

Zicht op Popayan

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Popayán is the capital of the Caucac department in the southwest of Colombia and has around 260,000 inhabitants.

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Events and Festivals

The main event in Popayan's calendar is the Semana Santa or Easter Week, the largest religious celebration in Colombia.

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Weather

Average highs are around 24-25 °C year-round, while lows are mostly around 12-13 °C. Rainfall is high at around 2,100 mm a year and only June to September are relatively dry. October to May is (very) wet.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max24.2 °C24.3 °C24.5 °C24.4 °C24.6 °C24.6 °C25.1 °C25.2 °C24.8 °C24.2 °C23.8 °C24 °C
Avg Min13.3 °C13.3 °C13.7 °C13.9 °C13.9 °C12.9 °C12 °C12 °C12.4 °C13.5 °C13.8 °C13.7 °C
Rainfall203 mm181 mm122 mm203 mm166 mm82 mm49 mm62 mm124 mm251 mm331 mm251 mm
Rain Days18161921211491015232421

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Getting There

By Plane

Guillermo León Valencia Airport (PPN) offers flights to/from Bogota and Guapi.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Hostal Campobello - PopayánCalle 33AN # 14A-14 PopayánGuesthouse-
HostelTrailCarrera 11 No. 4-16Hostel88
Hotel Pass HomeCalle 5, 10-114 Calle del Cacho, Centro HistoricoHOTEL-
Park Life HostelCalle 5 6-19 Parque CaldasHostel89
Hostal Casa BarekeCarrera 2 No 2 - 35 La PambaGUESTHOUSE-
Hostal Romero's PlazaCalle 13 no. 9-28Hotel-
Hostel CaracolCalle 4 Number. 2-21 Centro HistoricoHOSTEL-

Upscale

The Dann Monasterio is an old monastery converted in a luxurious hotel, it is a great way to experience the city. Calle 4 #10-14.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are easy to find in any city or town. Expect rates to run about $1,250-2,500 (around $US 0.50-1.00) per hour, depending on how much competition there is (i.e., cheap in Bogotá, expensive in the middle of nowhere). Quality of connections varies enormous and tends to better in populated places and tourist areas. Wifi is getting more and more popular in some hotels, restaurants and bars, but don't count on it and be careful regarding your privacy.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Colombia is: 57. To make an international call from Colombia, the code is: 005.

Using your own phone and SIM card is expensive so if you are planning to do quite a few calls, buy a phone or just a SIM card. It's simple enough to get a SIM card and even an unlocked phone at the international airport in Bogotá, although there is, of course, a price hike. They're not hard to find in any city either, just ask your hotel or hostel staff where to go. Topping up is also easy, and can be done pretty much on any street corner. The carriers you'll most likely see are Claro, Tigo, and Movistar. Claro is the most expensive (by a little bit), but has the widest coverage in the country, if you expect to get off the beaten path.

Post

4-72 is the unusual name of Colombia's postal service. They have post offices throughout the country, which are open usually from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday and sometimes on Saturday mornings as well. That doesn't apply to all offices though, only the larger ones in the big cities. But for example along the Caribbean coast, offices tend to close between noon and 2:00pm. But even at the ones that are officially open all day long, it might be difficult to get anything done during those hours. For domestic services, sending letters and postcards is mostly reliable but takes days, for international services don't hold your breath. Eventually, a postcard or letter might arrive in the country of destination but it's almost not worth it. For parcels, you are better off using companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS.

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This is version 8. Last edited at 8:12 on Jun 10, 14 by Utrecht. 1 article links to this page.

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