Hostels in Popayán, Colombia

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Get to know Popayán (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Popayán. To help you make friends with Popayán before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Bridge over the Molino River

Popayán is the capital of the Colombian department of Cauca, and easily reachable by bus, only two hours south of the city of Cali. The town's nickname, "The White City," is inspired by the city centre that is filled with beautiful, white buildings that perhaps inspired the many Colombian artists and writers that originate from this area.

Along with its hostels, the town boasts a number of beautiful colonial churches -- the most famous are San Francisco, Santo Domingo, and San Agustín. The town is easily navigable on foot; most Popayán hostels are located around the main square of Parque Caldas, which is overlooked by the famous clock tower that has become an emblem of the city. As it is a centre of learning, there are a few good quality museums in the city with a range of themes. The Mosquera Museum focuses on colonial art; The Natural History Museum contains specimens that are native to the local area; and the National Museum Guillermo Valencia pays tribute to the poet and one of Popayán's most revered children, who was a main player in the Modernist school of writing of the early twentieth century. After a short walk from the centre, you can pay a visit to El Morro de Tulcán, the main architectural site of Popayán, where you can scale the prehistoric pyramid constructed by native tribes more than a thousand years ago.

Outside of the city, there is some beautiful nature only a stone's throw away. It is possible to visit the natural springs that are around thirty minutes away; you can pay to rent bikes at the companies that will drop you off around thirty kilometers up the mountain, and you can enjoy an easy downhill ride on the way straight back into the city. This ride gives travelers a perfect vantage point to see waterfalls, mountains, and the nearby valleys.

Written by local enthusiast for Popayán hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Popayán hostels Elgrumpygringo

FAQ about Popayán Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Popayán. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Popayán. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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ArteHostel Popayan is the best hostel in Popayán for families.
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Hostel Casona Tulcán Popayán is the best rated hostel for partying in Popayán.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Popayán

Your Packing List for Popayán

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Popayán Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Popayán, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
9 Total number of hostels
1 Party hostels in Popayán
Hostel Casona Tulcán Popayán is the best rated
7.3 Average rating of all hostels

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