A trip full of beautiful landscapes, a delicious weather, the best coffee in the world, very friendly people, delicious food and the best; It is not expensive. This is the Colombian Coffee Region
Check the weather before your trip because in the rain seasons It is not great. By plane you can go there from Pereira or Manizales. The 5 unmissable places are:
Salento and the Cocora Valley
Visit the extraordinary Cocora Valley with a natural landscape full of wax palms. To go all over it you have to do some calm trek, you will see condors and incredible views. Additionally, in Salento you should taste trout, patacon with all and go all over the little town; specially the Real street.
Transport to Valley: $ 4 USD round trip
Valley ticket: $ 2 USD
Hostels from: $10 USD
Enjoy Filandia and its viewpoints
The most beautiful town from coffee region. You will fall in love of its colorful landscapes and the viewpoints which have magical views as the day as at night. Go to viewing tower Colina Iluminada and Tiempo Detenido street.
If you want to see a coffee farm, close to Filanda there are some good options where you can observe how coffee and cacao are processed and living a very different experience.
Transport in Jeep from Salento: $ 3 USD
Colina Iluminada ticket: $5 USD
Hostels from: $15 USD
Visit Calarcá and its magical Botanical Garden
Visit one of the most beautiful botanical garden in Colombia, with a butterfly garden that will make you feel in a fairy tale. In this place nature is preserved in an incredible way. For example in the bird-watching they lock you up to be able to see animals in their natural habitat.
I recommend you to start the trip early because in this way you don’t have to lodge in Calarcá, so it is better return to another nearby city like Manizales or Pereira.
Botanical garden ticket : $10 USD
Pereira y Manizales: Two cities in the middle of the coffee region
The most popular plan in Manizales is visiting the Santa Rosa de Cabal’s thermal water. In the city I recommend you get on the metrocable, visit the Corredor Polaco and enjoy a sunset in Chipre. If you like party, the rumba in Pereira is really great, so you could find different party environments.
Corredor ticket: $3,5 USD
Hostels Price from: $10 USD
Curiosities about colombian coffee region
- You will find coffee in all forms like candy, beer, lemonade in short much of things have coffee flavor.
2. The most used transport are jeeps car, also known as “Willys”. Don’t be afraid to go in the back of the car, you will get the best road view.
3. It could rain at any moment, even if it looks as a sunny day.
4. You will fall in love with the facade colorful in towns and also you will want to take pics in all of there.
5. Along the road between towns you can see a lot of forests.
6. These kind of patacones are really big, bigger than those ones of the colombian caribbean coast.
Where the magic is in the colombian coffee region?
Travel to colombian coffee region is more than see the typical places as the Cocora valley, Panaca or the coffee’s park. Really to enjoy this you should go without rush and paying attention in the small details. The gift of all is on the people, in the unique landscape, in walking by its colorful streets as you appreciate the flora and fauna, finding fireflies in the viewpoints at night, and wake up in the morning next to a balcony with a delicious coffee or chocolate waiting for you
By: Dayana Latorre – #TipsDeDaya