The Zona Cafetera is located between Pereira, Manizales, and Armenia (6 hours from Cali and Medellin), and it’s one of the main areas visited in Colombia. Because of its favorable climate, many local farmers have decided to settle there to cultivate coffee plantations. 

Hike the famous Valle de Cocora to admire the tallest palm trees in the world or the fantastic landscapes in the national park Los Nevados.

Then you can take care of your muscle soreness in the thermal baths around Pereira and learn the essentials about the coffee production in the picturesque colonial towns of Salento or Filandia.

Don’t hesitate to rent a car to drive among the hilly green landscapes and find a romantic Finca or Hacienda to spend a couple of nights.

Zona Cafetera

Where To Travel In The Coffee Region

  • Salento

    Coffee Region

    Salento

    Salento is the most famous colonial town in the Zona Cafetera. There are many great accommodations and fincas to learn about. It’s also the departure to Valle de Cocora, a national park to contemplate the tallest wax palm trees in the world. Buses are coming from Armenia and Pereira.
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  • Filandia

    Coffe Region

    Filandia

    Filandia is considered as the “new” Salento. There are colorful houses, coffee plantations, Tejo games, and delicious restaurants. Filandia is only 45 min from Salento, and there are buses from Pereira and Armenia. It's a good alternative if you're looking for something less touristy.
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  • Pereira

    Coffee Region

    Pereira

    Pereira is not an attractive place. However, it's an excellent option to explore the hidden gems in the region. Organize a 3-days hike to Laguna Otun then relax one day in the thermal baths of Santa Rosa de Cabal or Saint Vincente. There are amazing hotels too!
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  • Salamina

    Coffee Region

    Salamina

    Salamina is a hidden colonial town with colorful facades and carved balconies. From there, you can head to San Felix and exploring the Valle de Samaria, a place similar to Valle de Cocora, where there are the tallest wax palm trees in the world. Buses from Medellin and Manizales
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  • Buenavista

    Coffee Region

    Buenavista

    A lovely and tiny colonial town nestled on a green hill. The view is spectacular and the atmosphere is peaceful and authentic. Indeed, only fewer tourists decide to visit Buenavista. The town hosts 2 excellent coffee tours and a certified paragliding center.
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Top Things To Do In The Coffee Region

Here is a compilation of the best things to do in the Coffee Region and around in Colombia:

  • Sleep in a Hacienda or a Finca
  • Book a coffee tour
  • Play a game of Tejo
  • Paragliding in Buenavista
  • Partying in Pereira on weekends
  • Take a Thermal bath in Santa Rosa de Cabal or San Vincente
  • Visit the colonial towns of Salento, Filandia, Buenavista, Marsella, Salamina and so on
  • Admire the wax palm trees in Valle de Cocora or in Valle de Samaria
  • Listen to howler monkeys in the Sanctuary Otun Quimbaya and the reserve Barbas Bremen.
  • Hike in Los Nevados – Santa Isabel, Laguna Otun, Nevado Del Tolima
  • Visit el Resinto Del Pensamiento in Manizales

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Events In The Coffee Region & Around

List of the main events in the Coffee Region and around in Colombia:

  • January: Salento Fair
  • January: Carnaval del Diablo – Carnival – in Riosucio
  • January: Manizales fair
  • June or July: Ibague Folk Festival – Traditional music and Dance – in Ibague
  • June: Coffee Festival in Calarca
  • August: Harvest festival in Pereira
  • September: Theatre Festival in Manizales

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