This is the land of the best coffee in the world, sanctuary for coffee lovers and experts. Here you can learn from the professionals who grow the finest special coffees in the world, reputed baristas that will seduce your senses, to finally intoxicate your palate with this wonderful drink that creates meeting places and strengthen ties between people. This place was declared as world heritage by UNESCO thanks to its particular landscapes, architecture and astonishing nature.
Founded on August 30, 1863, Pereira is part of the territory in 2011 UNESCO declared World Heritage Site: the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia. This city, the capital of the department of Risaralda, Antioquia is the result of colonization, whereby its inhabitants retain features of the culture of the carriers, like kindness and entrepreneurship. Mountains planted with coffee and bananas; and valleys where bamboos and sugarcane crops are those who come to Pereira are. In this city and surroundings visit haciendas, where you can learn about the cultivation of coffee, practice adventure sports; relax in hot springs and visit nature reserves and dedicated to culture.
Armenia, the capital of the Department of Quindío, is a good jumping off point to explore a territory that UNESCO declared a World Heritage Site in 2011: the Coffee Culture Landscape of Colombia. This city was founded on October 14, 1889 and is well connected by road with other cities where coffee culture is an important part of daily life. Surrounded by landscapes that abound with coffee and banana plantations, in this city you can also learn about the jewelry made by Quimbaya’s indigenous people and visit theme parks and estates designed to educate visitors about coffee culture.
Founded on October 12, 1849 by settlers from Antioquia, Manizales is known for hosting a wide variety of cultural events, including the popular Manizales Fair, which takes place every year in January, and the International Theater Festival. The city is one of the most important bird watching sites in the country, and travelers can enjoy nearby hot springs.
Manizales is an ideal destination to get immerse in the coffee culture in haciendas, where you can learn about the cultivation of this grain emblematic of Colombia. The city also offers a variety of shopping centers and is close to Los Nevados National Nature Park, one of 26 National Parks that cater to visitors wishing to indulge in ecotourism.
You will feel suspended in time when walking through this town that retains all the classic coffee zone infrastructure and maintains the look and beauty of when it was built. You can hike to the Nevados National Park, on tours of several days and visit other attractions like El Mirador, overlooking part of the surrounding valleys; the hill Alto de la Cruz from which you can admire the beautiful scenery after climbing 253 steps.
Santuario, located in the west central region of the department of Risaralda, is also a gateway to the Tatamá National Natural Park, mountainous territory in the wild, where numerous rivers spring that are the heritage of colombians. Its importance of water resource is synthesized in its Embera origin name, in which Tatamá means “grandfather of the rivers”.
This charming village is the best representation of a typical coffee village, coffee production being the main economic activity for more than 100 years. Throughout its “Calle Real” (main street), you can see houses that preserve their traditional architecture, two-story homes built in “Bahareque” technique (wattle and daub technique), balconies and colorful facades.
The Otún Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary is immersed in an important corridor called the Coffee Eco-region. Among its gentle slopes and woodland, a local fauna and flora of unique beauty and biological importance can be recognized. Just 14 km from Pereira, you can see wetlands, forest plantations, natural forests in different stages of growth as well as mature forests.
The sanctuary, with its 489 hectares, is characterized by a representative rainforest vegetation and subandean rainforest, with a variety of species of orchids and bromeliads. The haze, which often covered peaks and slopes, gives an enigmatic and mysterious character. Otún Quimbaya is the perfect place to watch a lot of species of birds, butterflies and a variety of mammals.