Popoyan is a beautiful whitewashed mountain town. The historical center has been restored after earthquakes several years ago and the result is fabulous.
It was a bit surreal walking around in this pristine little town where so much energy is put into its upkeep. Everywhere you looked things were being painted, cleaned and renovated. To top it off, the town is in a lush green valley so the contrast of white and green was quite striking.
The town was very relaxed (aside from its affinity for endless reconstruction) and was a great place to unwind after a few days of partying in Cali. We headed up into the mountains to enjoy some hotsprings and a bike ride back into town. The hotsprings and surrounding scenery were great but the hotsprings had some serious algae growth that took some getting used to...
We spent more time than anticipated in Popoyan as it was so peaceful and lovely but finally decided the time had come to head into Ecuador.
We both agree that Colombia has been one of the best countries that we've visited so far. All we've ever heard about this country has been that there is nothing but civil war and drugs to be found here. While there may be some of that, there is definitely more! Colombians are friendly and kind, the cities are boomin' and the countryside is beautiful. We had a great time and hope to come back someday.