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Zona Cafetera Things to See and Do

The Zona Cafetera is a place to indulge the senses—from hot thermal springs to the cold Valle de Cocora; sweet berries to bitterly rich coffee. Manizales, Pereira and Armenia are the capitals of the departments that make up the Zona Cafetera, and each provides a different take on the many riches Colombia has to offer.

In Manizales, a treacherous trip to the top of La Basílica is a must. Near Pereira, travelers should set aside a full day in the Parque del Café or spend a few hours basking in the hot thermal springs of Santa Rosa. The Museo del Oro Quimbaya in Armenia remains one of Colombia’s best-preserved and most organized gold collections. Also of note is Salento, a small town tucked neatly beside a mountain, where farm-grown trout is deliciously served on a large patacón (fried plantain).



Other Activity pages in Zona Cafetera that may be of interest: Pereira Activities, Armenia Activities, Manizales Activities and Salento Activities.





 
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Valle de Cocora

Cocora Valley is a great launching point for nature hikes and wildlife spotting. There are several trails leading up the mountain, along the river...

Other Activity
Salento, Colombia
El Mirador de Salento

El Mirador de Salento

The Mirador de Salento is much more than a lookout point. First, you must climb 200 stairs to the big cross at the top. Along the way, you will...

City Walk
Salento, Colombia
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Another great way to see the beautiful and vast countryside around Salento is by horse. Paulino Callejas, a local cowboy, has 35 willing horses...

Horseback Riding
Salento, Colombia

Pedestrian Mall

There is plenty of shopping along Avenida BolĂ­var (or Cra. 14), where you can walk a dozen blocks down a pedestrian walkway that extends from...

Other Activity
Armenia, Colombia
Museo del Oro Quimbaya

Museo del Oro Quimbaya

The most impressive permanent gold collection in the Zona Cafetera is found at the northern edge of Armenia on the way to Salento and Pereira. This...

Museum
Armenia, Colombia
Banco de la RepĂşblica

Banco de la RepĂşblica

The city’s very modern library and cultural center is worth stopping by if only to catch up on current events in the city. The bulletin board on...

Museum
Pereira, Colombia

Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados

Nevado del RuĂ­z, Crater de la Olleta, Nevado de Santa Isabel, Laguna Verde and Valle del Silencio are just a few of the reasons to visit Parque...

National Park
Colombia
La Basilica

La Basilica

The two bronze doors at the front entrance of La BasĂ­lica tell the story of this neo-Gothic church. This religious center was first built in...

Monument
Manizales, Colombia

RĂ­o Blanco Ecological Reserve

This well-organized eco-park is ready for a high volume of tourists, but few foreigners make the time to visit it. The water of RĂ­o Blanco is...

City Park
Manizales, Colombia

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden in the university district is yet another great place to spend a sunny day. There are plenty of colorful flowers and fauna to...

City Park
Manizales, Colombia

Recinto del Pensamiento

This cloud forest with a biotic and hydroid resource has several walkable ecological trails, a butterfly farm, an orchid garden and a gorgeous...

City Park
Manizales, Colombia

Los Yarumos Ecological Park

Los Yarumos Ecological Park is a lush, green forest reserve situated in the city’s surrounding cloud forest. Visitors can enjoy trails and...

City Park
Manizales, Colombia

Tierra Viva

Tierra Viva is a private agricultural and ecological park where you can rest, take part in some outdoor activities, and learn about nature and the...

Other Activity
Manizales, Colombia

Parque Nacional UcumarĂ­

Parque Nacional Ucumarí is one of Colombia’s best locations to spot birds, animals and plant life. The variations in altitude in this area are...

Other Activity
Pereira, Colombia
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