Posted on 09/04/2017 by Catalina Agredo

News from Colombia

Popayán is ready to receive visitors for the upcoming event!


The Colombian southwest city of Popayán awaits to receive nearly 65.000 visitors during the holy week, taking place in the next days. Usually, 280.000 inhabitants live in Popayán, a city that is currently witnessing a post-conflict process and is reactivating tourism activities. Last year, Popayán entered the sustainable cities program of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It is now facing urban and rural planning and development challenges.

Through its important historic legacy of traditions, the city is a reference of colonial architecture. During the period of the holy week the facades in the historic centre are painted with lime - just as in the old days - giving the characteristic white colour to it.

The celebration of the holy week had its beginning in the 16th century as a means of indigenous Christianization. In 2009, UNESCO declared the tradition as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity that is taking place during night time including all churches in the city centre. Furthermore it was declared as City of Gastronomy by UNESCO in 2005 owing to its typical dishes and recipes that are traditionally passed on from generation to generation.


If you are around, come and visit Popayán!