Buenavista is a pretty colonial village located 1 hour from Armenia. Nestled on a hilltop, the 360-degree view of the valley and the Andean mountains is breathtaking. The town is tiny, colorful, and authentic. One of my favorite moments in Colombia was sitting on the terrace and contemplating the landscape, a good cup of coffee in hand, in the unique atmosphere of Buenavista.

Despite the size of the village, there are still some activities to have a good time in this charming village.

First of all, there is a paragliding center in the coffee area – it’s the only one! The instructors are real professionals and know the area very well. It’s a great experience to fly there.
Secondly, if you are interested in discovering the coffee and its manufacturing process, you will love being there. The wake-up tour which offers a wonderful experience around the exceptional coffee shops. One of the most complete I’ve ever tried. This activity starts from Pijao, another beautiful colonial village, 20min from Buenavista.
Secondly, there is the San Alberto farm, which produces a very well known and award-winning coffee. For having tasted it, its reputation is not usurped.


Getting to Buenavista?

You must arrive in Armenia first – Except if you’re already in Pijao.

From Armenia to Buenavista:

  • There is a departure every hour from the terminal | La Coomoquin | 1 hour

From Pijao to Buenavista:

  • 25 min jeep or moto-taxi

From Medellin to Armenia:

From Pereira to Armenia:

  • Many direct buses | Expreso Palmira | 1 hour

From Salento to Armenia:

From Filandia to Armenia: 

  • Many direct buses from the “terminal” (in front of the Bejuco Museum) | 1 hour

From Bogota to Armenia:

From Popayan to Armenia:

  • Direct bus from the terminal. Departure every hour. Schedule | Taxbelacazar | 6 hours

From Cali to Armenia:

  • Many direct buses from the terminal | Expreso Palmira | 4 hours

Where's the terminal?

There is no terminal as such in Buenavista because the village is tiny. Buses arrive and depart from the main square.

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Where to stay in Buenavista

Buenavista is a small colonial town with not many accommodation options. You won't find an upscale hotel - except for the glamping.

  • Panorama

    hostel - $$


    Basic and little hostel with a fantastic view. Perfect for enjoying illimited cups of coffee.
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  • Gran Mirador

    hotel - $$

    Gran Mirador

    5 min walk from town. Basic rooms with an incredible view. Lovely outdoors with many spots to chill.
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Things to do in Buenavista

Buenavista is a perfect place to add to your Colombia itinerary if you want to improve our coffee knowledge. Besides, the atmosphere in town is peaceful and the view astonishing.

  • Coffee breaks

    All day long

    Coffee breaks

    There are some good cafes in the main square. Choose among your favorite coffee methods and take a sip.
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  • Paragliding

    2 hours | $$


    After a short 10-min drive, run till the edge with your instructor and fly like a bird — incredible sceneries.
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  • Coffee tour

    6 hours | $$$

    Coffee tour

    There are excellent coffee tours in the area. Visit Pijao, explore coffee farms and meet cute Colombian families.
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Partners we recommend in Buenavista

Some local partners we have met, tested and approved during our stay in Buenavista

Where to eat & drink?

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