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Apr 28, 2016 - Popayan

Hi every one trying get my blog updated has been hard to try and keep up while on the road traveling. Was able to get pictures uploaded before the other people in the hostal got up, with everyone on the wifi it slowed to a crawl. So I was off on a city tour of the town of Popayan, was 7 of us on this free walking tour. The rest of our group was off on a hike to the top of the volcano and a 60km bike ride back to the city. My tour was about 1 1/2 hours around the city nice and calm, at the end of the tour had a group of students what to ask...

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Apr 22, 2016 - San Gil

Up early a walk around the camp area, some breakfast and to fix a lunch, some a the group head off for a rafting trip, other head to the water falls near San Gil, and I head off to explore the small town of Barichara about 25 minutes by bus. I get into town have a nice walk around the town, then head off down a rocky trail to the village of Guane it is a hike of 5.5 km but down hill most of the way, during the whole hike I don't see another person just some cows and a few goats, was a nice walk overcast day so not real hot took 1 hour and...

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Jun 12, 2014 - Days 298 to 300 - Pasto & Popayan, Colombia

Arriving in Pasto at 5.30pm on Tuesday 10th June, it was too late to head on to Popayan, so a night in Pasto was on the cards. Pasto is in no way a tourist spot; it is an industrial Colombian town. Fortunately, a fellow traveller also left the bus in Pasto…Andreas from Norway, so we teamed up and found a pretty rough and ready hotel close to the bus station; at least it was relatively cheap! As I said, Pasto itself is not a place for the tourists so, after a long (30 minute) walk to the centre through some very dodgy looking areas, it was a...

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May 6, 2014 - Salento to Popayan, Colombia

Tuesday 6th May 2014 Salento to Popayan, Colombia A driving day today. Left Salento at about 8:00am and drove through mountainous countryside past Cali and south to Popayan, arriving there at about 3:30pm. There was a little rain today and the country, although very green, was not as spectacular as the driving days previously from Bogota. Eleven presidents of Colombia have come from this town. It is a very busy shopping town and there are lots of people around. All of the old town has whitewashed buildings and around the main square...

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Aug 11, 2012 - Popayan Cali cartagena tolu

Ok I'll zoom through my 6 days in the south of Colombia. Pretty Un eventful. Cali for one night, nothing was going on since it was Sunday, so I wondered and found some gross chicken. Fried. They give plastic gloves to eat it with so your hands don't get greasy. A bit of Olympics then the next day to popayan. Also proved to be a quiet city. Most everyone was unsocial so I had a lot of quiet time. Walked around town, pedicure, much needed. So much dirt and dead skin came off my feet, I was embarrassed. Pretty town in the mountains. Colonial...

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Jun 25, 2012 - The final country

Border crossing! We were expecting long delays and lots of check the reality was quickly out and even more quickly into Colombia with a cheap meal of soup and meat? thrown in. As per usual the vegetable soup was delicious but also as per usual no meat just meant that it only had chicken in it - our vegetarians weren't impressed. Ipiales our next stop just across the border has one saving grace about 17kms out of town is Santuario de las Lajas a wedding cake church set on the side of a canyon in a place where an image of the virgin Mary was...

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Jan 9, 2012 - Popayan, Columbia

Yesterday was a down day, I was exhausted. Two nights in noisy cheap hotels did me in! I pretty much did nothing until about 9 when I went to dinner. After that I went to the central park and shot pictures. I don’t know if I have ever seen such a tasteful Christmas lighting display. This is a very beautiful city; it is a lot like Trujillo, Peru. I will do the same tonight except I will use the little camera. This hotel is an old mansion with not a lot of rooms. As far as I know, besides myself, there is only a young couple and an old lady...

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Jan 8, 2012 - Popayan, Columbia

1-8-12 SUN After I wrote the last time (Friday morning) I continued to search for a hotel. The third one that I tried the receptionist told me every place was sold out because the President was visiting Tulcan. I was considering backtracking to Ibarra 2 ½ hours. Pasto is the town with the festival and it is five hours. The next town is Popayan which is eight more hours and the LP doesn’t recommend travel on this route at night. Then I remembered Ipiales just across the border. After the border formalities and a short taxi ride into town I...

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Sep 20, 2009 - Popayan

Popayan is known for its whitewashed colonial buildings. They are very pretty and serve as the model of colonialism in Colombia. Other than that there wasn't a whole lot to do there other than wander around and see the few historic sites it has to offer. We stayed in a hostel that was attached to a guy's home. His name is Sebastian and he is quite a helpful and chatty fellow. He helped us out with buses to San Agustin and Tierra Adentro. That is mainly why tourists come to Popayan...to catch the bus.We also heard all about his self...

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Jul 18, 2009 - Popayan

Well it has been a few days that I could just take a moment to sit on a computer as we have been busy.. The 16th July was our last day in Pasto.. Pasto is cold as it is about 3000m above sea level.. high on a mountain. Leonor took us to the family farm in a placed called Consaca nearly 2 hours drive from Pasto. The landscape on the way down was breathtaking ..we were surrounded by beautiful mountains and valleys.. On the farm they mainly grow coffee, plantains and corn for production...and lots of other fruits for eating mandarins, lemons,...

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Jun 8, 2009 - Popayán, la ville blanche

La prochaine grande ville aprés Pasto est Popayán. Durant le trajet de six heures nous nous sommes fait contrôlés trois fois avec fouille complète ; deux fois c’était la police, une fois les militaires. Il ne manque plus que les farcs … ! En vérité on entend très peu parler de la guérilla, seule la forte présence militaire sur les routes témoigne qu’il se passe quelque chose. Nous arrivons le soir a Popayán et nous mettons une heure a marcher avec les sacs pour trouver un hôtel raisonnable. Le lendemain nous visitons Popayán, dit la ville...

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Feb 13, 2008 - Colonial Popayán

Popayan is a beautiful colonial town in the south of Colombia. We were only going to spend the night here before we made our way to Equador but the welcome we received from Tony and Kim at the hostel, the beautiful colonial buildings - and our need for a rest made us spend another night. We strolled the white-washed streets, and climbed the dome shape hill (which was apparently the site of an ancient pyramid) to see beautiful views of the town and surrounding mountains. We also had a lovely steak and crepes meal to celebrate Valentine's Day...

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