Depart from your Cali hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and relax during the 2.5-hour journey to the lush foothills of southwestern Colombia. Stop for a refreshing stretch in Pescador and refuel with cold water and a delicious pandebono, moist cheese bread typical of the region.
Discuss the impending itinerary with your guide, and decide among your group how much time you would like to spend at each of the city’s significant sites. Arrive at the wonderfully white city of Popayan and marvel at the plethora of luminous structures. Listen as you guide offers intriguing insight in the 700-year history of the city then venture to the enthralling exhibits of the Archdicesan Museum of Religious Art.
Within, explore rooms adorned with sacred and spectacular paintings of biblical scenes; admire paintings and sculptures salvaged from ancient monasteries as your guide provides a captivating commentary.
Next, visit the legendary Guillermo Leon Valencia House, a former home of the popular Colombian president. Browse an eclectic collection of period furniture, aging photographs and important documents before capturing a fabulous photograph of the historic Humilladero Bridge.
Marvel at a miniature version of Popayan in a popular local park known a Pueblito Patojo; scour the model for appealing structures, deciding where you want to visit next according to which landmarks capture your attention.
Revitalize under the soothing shade of a palm tree in Caldas Park, absorbing the gentle ambience of the enclave as local go about their day. Gaze upwards at the majestic 18-th century clock tower of Torre del Reloj, then admire the ecclesiastical elegance of the city’s colossal cathedral.
Ascend to the summit of a steep hillside to marvel at the simple beauty of Belen Chapel; then continue to climb in order to enjoy panoramic vistas of the city and its scenic surroundings. Feast upon a traditional lunch in an authentic eatery recommended by your guide, then relax during the return journey to Cali.