The historic centre of Popayán is considered the most beautiful and best preserved in Latin America, and whilst many have been given the nod by UNESCO, Popayán was appointed as the First UNESCO City of Gastronomy.
Some of the traditional foods and cooking methods here are very unique to Colombian culture, and have spanned many centuries. It’s best to preserve these things, right?
First impressions weren’t all that positive when we arrived in Colombia’s “White City” or La Ciudad Blanca, where the façades of the entire colonial city are painted white. The streets were deserted, no shops or restaurants were open and we began thinking it was a complete waste of time.