Pereira

Pereira is the largest city in the coffee region. Although it does not have much to offer in terms of tourism, it is a strategic place to explore the region.

Why is it wise to stay in Pereira when exploring the coffee region?

  • Many buses stop in Pereira and the cities of Cali, Medellín, or Bogotá can be reached by direct buses.
  • There’s an airport
  • It is located near the thermal baths of Santa Rosa de Cabal and San Vincente.
  • Easy access to the different trails of Los Nevados
  • Varied and well-supervised activities can be planned from Pereira.
  • Close to beautiful colonial villages like Filandia, Salamina, and Salento 

In addition, there are excellent tours and great accommodation options!

 

How to get to Pereira?  (+)

From Salento to Pereira:

  • Bus every hour from 5h30 am to 6h30 pm | Expreso Alcala | 1 hour

 

From Filandia to Pereira:

  • Bus every hour from 7 am to 7 pm | Expresó Alcalá | 1 hour

 

From Armenia to Pereira:

  • Many direct buses | Expreso Palmira | 1 hour

 

From Cali to Pereira:

  • Frequent Buses leave from the main terminal | Expreso Palmira & Expreso Trejos | 3h30

 

From Popayan to Pereira:

  • Direct bus. Departure every hour. Schedule | Taxbelacazar | 6-7 hours

 

From Neiva to Pereira:

  • A few buses per day. Schedule – double-check with the bus company | Cootranshuila & Coomotor | 8 hours
  • Flights with 1 stopover | Avianca & Easyfly | 4 – 5 hours | Prices & Availabilities 

 

From Jardin to Pereira:

  1. Take the Chiva Bus to Rio Sucio that leaves at 8 am. Schedule. Double-check with your hotel. | Cootransrio | 3 hours
  2. Once in Rio Sucio, take one of the many buses that head to Pereira. Departure every 30 min. | Cootransoccidentae | 4 hours

 

From Medellin to Pereira:

  • Many direct buses leave from the South Terminal. Hourly departures. Schedule.| Expreso Arauca, Flota Ospina & Flota occidental | 6 – 8 hours
  • Direct flights from Jose Maria Cordoba or Olaya Herrera airport.  | Easyfly | 1 hour

 

From Bogota to Pereira:

  • Bus from the main terminal. I recommend a night bus. Schedule – Double-check with the bus company | Bolivariano | 11 hours
  • Many flights | Viva Air, Latam & Avianca | 1h | Prices & availabilities 

 

From Cartagena to Pereira:

 

From Santa Marta to Pereira:

Where is the airport?  (+)

The airport is outside the city, a short 20-min ride by taxi. 

Where is the bus terminal?  (+)

The bus terminal is close to the zona rosa of Pereira, “La Circuvalar”. It’s 10 mins by taxi.

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Where to stay in Pereira

La Circunvalar is the best district in Pereira. It's the Zona Rosa of the city with many good restaurants and bars. However, you have also the option to stay outside Pereira. In that case, you will have to include the taxi fares in your budget or book tours with transportation included.

  • Kolibri

    Hostel

    Kolibri

    Excellent Value for money. The rooms are spacious and clean. Restaurant and bar on the 1rst floor.
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  • Don Alfonso

    Hotel

    Don Alfonso

    Vintage hotel with a great atmosphere. Top-notch services. Comfortable rooms and good breakfast. For Couple.
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  • Santamaria

    Bed & Breakfast

    Santamaria

    Little guesthouse filled with pieces of art. 15 min drive from the center. Vintage. Peaceful. Great landscapes.
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  • El Lugar

    Boutique hotel

    El Lugar

    Excellent value for money, 30 min drive from Pereira. Friendly owners. Importance of details. Delicious food.
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  • La Colina

    Spa Hotel

    La Colina

    Massive SPA hotel with great facilities. Beautiful views from the rooms. Modern and well-built. Romantic. 20 min drive.
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  • Sazagua

    Luxury

    Sazagua

    Upscale hotel with top-notch services. Unforgettable experiences. They take care of everything. 20 min drive.
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Where to stay in Santa Rosa de Cabal

Santa Rosa is a city 15 min away from Pereira. Many buses leave from the terminal. The city isn't charming, but there are some cool hotels on the outskirts. Moreover, you must pass by Santa Rosa if you want to get to the thermal baths.

  • Matisses

    SPA hotel

    Matisses

    Excellent hotel with top-notch facilities. Besides, massages are super affordable. 5 min drive from the center.
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  • Visperas

    Hotel

    Visperas

    Small hotel with a great garden. Peaceful. Lovely owners. Comfortable beds. 7 min drive from the center.
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Things to do in Pereira

Incredible landscapes and highlights surround Pereira. Don't hesitate to spend many days there if you've got the budget for it. Visit secret colonial towns, explore the fantastic National park Los Nevados, learn about coffee and relax in the thermal baths.

  • Coffee tours

    Cultural

    Coffee tours

    There are many coffee farms around Pereira. Pick the tour you like and discover how to make a good coffee.
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  • Chocolate tour

    Cultural

    Chocolate tour

    Be curious and gourmet. Visit a Cacao plantation and learn the daily life of a Colombian family. Bon appetit!
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  • Otun Quimbaya

    Wildlife Sanctuary

    Otun Quimbaya

    Buses leave from Pereira (1h30 in Chiva), then you must take a tour with a local guide. There are howler monkeys!
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  • Thermal baths

    Relaxation

    Thermal baths

    Santa Rosa de Cabal and San Vincente are two thermal baths surrounded by nature. I prefer San Vincente.
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  • Los Nevados

    Multi-day hike

    Los Nevados

    Beautiful National park with many highlights. Hike 2,3 or 4 days through the Paramo. Unforgettable experience.
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  • La Florida

    Town

    La Florida

    It's a small community with a unique local culture. Many artists creating new pieces of art. Good food too!
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  • Marsella

    Colonial town

    Marsella

    Marsella is a hidden gem with beautiful and colorful colonial buildings. Located just 1 hour away from Pereira.
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  • Canyoning

    Extreme sport

    Canyoning

    There are many waterfalls and rivers around Pereira. Don't hesitate to explore them while rappelling!
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  • Valle de Cocora

    Day trip

    Valle de Cocora

    Book a tour in Pereira and organize a day trip to Valle de Cocora and Salento. You will save time on your itinerary!
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  • Filandia

    Day trip

    Filandia

    Book a private tour and visit Filandia and its surroundings. Walking tour, natural reserve, and handicraft!
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  • Panela tour

    culture

    Panela tour

    Panela is a sugar paste made from sugarcane. Visit the exploitation and learn about the different stages!
    Learn more

Our articles about Pereira

We stayed 10 days around Pereira and wrote about our travel experiences.

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