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Silvia (Colombia)

Practical information on Silvia

  • Encounters with locals
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Handicraft
  • Off the beaten track
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1hr by bus from Popayán
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Silvia

Caroline Gourmaud Seasoned Traveller
221 written opinions

Silvia is a little village in the Cauca Department around 60km from Popayán.

My suggestion:
If you intend to photograph the traditionally dressed locals in Silvia, make sure you get their permission. 
My review

Here's a place that's well off the beaten track! At an hour's bus ride from Popayán, the Cauca Department's capital, Silvia is a little town that sits in a green, mountainous valley at 2,600m high.

There are two ways to get to Silvia and its market - on a local minibus or using the regular bus service. However you decide to travel, it's best to set off early (between 7am and 8am), so you can fully enjoy the atmosphere in a traditional Columbian market that's held every Tuesday. The market's not touristy, but rather a farmer's market selling fruit and veg, seasoning and local crafts. But a trip to Silvia is a great way to enjoy some local culture. You'll be able to pick up some souvenirs and don't be afraid to drive a hard bargain with the local Guambianos.

Once the market closes, you can head off on a short hike towards Pueblito, a typical village found on slighter higher ground. Along the walk you'll may well spot trout in the river's crystal clear water. Which explains why trout is a local speciality. You can visit a trout farm, where you'll be given the chance to catch your next meal!

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