- 1 Coffee Axis Travel Guide
- 2 Coffee Cultural Landscape
- 3 Coffee Region
- 4 Risaralda
- 4.1 How to get to Risaralda?
- 4.2 What to do in the Department of Risaralda?
- 5 Quindio
- 6 Caldas
- 7 Cauca's Valley
Coffee Axis Travel Guide
In this travel guide Eje Cafetero, you will find everything you need about each of the departments and municipalities of the Coffee Cultural Landscape, region of people from Berraca and full of history.
To make your trip to Colombia magical, you cannot leave without making a good visit to the Coffee Axis, you can not stop tasting a cup of the softest coffee in the world and ride a Jeep / Willys that will take you to every corner of this wonderful region. In this landscape, in the Coffee Axis, you will find an infinite greenery, cities and friendly settlers that will make you feel at home from the moment you arrive until, sadly, you must leave.
Coffee Cultural Landscape
The Coffee Cultural Landscape is made up of 51 municipalities and almost 860 coffee paths, this was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site thanks to its natural wealth and its characteristic culture. The carriel, the poncho, the hat, the friendliness of the locals, the beauty of their women, their charming villages and many other things make this a unique place, which also offers us the best coffee, that without which we can not start the day.
The Coffee Axis, also known as the coffee triangle, has many attractions developed and worked by locals who seek to provide experiences for the taste of each of its visitors; Hot springs, theme parks, coffee tastings, high mountain walks, gastronomic tastings and much more characterize this region and love those who seek to learn from the Coffee Culture.
We share a list of common words from the region so that you arrive more coffee than ever and get lost with the jargon of the region.
|Mix of panela and water, typical drink of Colombian houses|
|Sad person for something that happened to him|
|Permissive person with something or someone|
|Person who is disturbed or likes to look for problems|
|When we get fond of or don't want to leave a place|
|Take advantage of situations or proactive person|
|Awkward, slow or silly person|
|Funny, something positive, nice or good person|
|Person who makes a fool of himself|
|Person who dresses elegant|
|Go to work|
|Claim for something or person who scolds|
|Person who presumes or is arrogant to be noticed|
|Stiff||Food that is packed to eat later|
|Take a strong blow on some part of the body|
|Person looking for what suits him or talks more to flatter something or someone.|
|Ordinary perfume that someone applies|
|Party or party|
|Having heartbreak or suffering for a person|
The Department of Risaralda limits to the north with the departments of Antioquia and Caldas, for the South with Quindío and Valle del Cauca, for the East with Caldas and Tolima and for the West with Chocó.
This department is made up of 14 municipalities and 19 corregimientos, cross the western, central mountain ranges and the Cauca river. It has temperatures ranging between 18 and 24 ° C in temperate thermal floors and -12 ° C in the snow.
The rainiest months are from April to May, October and November, in the remaining months you will enjoy a warm climate but do not trust because at any time the water that bathes our mountains arrives. This region is characterized by the diversity of its landscapes, its natural, cultural and ethnic wealth.
The department has approximately 957,300 inhabitants, mainly concentrated in the city of Pereira, Dosquebradas and Santa Rosa de Cabal. They are known as Risaraldenses and are characterized by being strong, hardworking people and with the well-known indigenous malice (people active to understand things and act).
Its capital is the city of Pereira, known as the Capital of the Coffee Axis, the pearl of otún, the city of open doors or the querendona, night owl and Morena.
How to get to Risaralda?
The road infrastructure of the department of Risaralda articulates national trunks that seek to take the Pacific from the center and west of the country; the two main roads belong to the south - north system through the West corridor and the trunk of the coffee axis, positioning the department as an important departmental connector of Colombia. Despite the roughness of the relief, there is a good system of roads that communicate with each other to the municipalities of the department.
Pereira transport terminal
The transport terminal is located on Calle 17 N ° 23-157 near the shopping center on 14, the main road of Alamos, Technological University of Pereira and approximately 1 km from the center of Pereira, being this one of the most important of the Coffee Axis.
The main routes that arrive and depart from the transport terminal come from the cities of Cartago, Cali, Manizales, Bogotá, Medellín, Barranquilla, Cartagena, Villavicencio, Pasto, Ibague, Santa Rosa, Neiva, Cúcuta and Buenaventura; However, from this terminal routes to other towns of Risaralda and neighboring departments are handled. There are important transport fleets such as Expresso Bolivariano, Magdalena Fleet, Western Fleet, Coomotor and Empresa Arauca
In the Pereira Transport Terminal there is a tourist information point, restaurants, public toilets, souvenir shops, ATMs and also has a bus stop at the exit, with routes that lead to different places in the city of Pereira and Dosquebradas.
Matecaña International Airport
This airport represents the civic union of Pereira, since it was built by treats that gradually shaped the Matecaña airport that would later be recognized as international and the most important of the Coffee Axis. It is located at Km 4 Vía Cerritos in the capital city; It is 4.4 km from the Hernán Ramírez Villegas stadium in the Olympic village, known sports sector of Pereira and the Avenida 30 de Agosto that connects the railway commune with the city center.
The main airlines that operate domestic flights are Avianca, Copa Airlines, Latam, Viva Colombia and Easy Fly. This airport operates destinations with direct flights to Medellin, Cartagena, San Andres, Quibdó and Bogotá, where El Dorado International Airport is a connection point with other Colombian destinations.
In recent months, the direct Miami-Pereira route operated by American Airlines was inaugurated, with flights only on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. At the exit of the airport, there are public service taxis and buses (Integrated transport system), which will take you to your destination.
What to do in the Department of Risaralda?
In this department you find tourist activities for different types of tastes. From cultural destinations to natural and extreme. The architecture of the department highlights what the Coffee Axis is, in other words, it enchants; the kindness and hospitality of its people falls in love and the coffee culture that is expressed in the different villages of the department, make it a unique and unforgettable experience.
Capital of the department of Risaralda is currently known as the capital of Eje (Coffee Axis); popularity granted by the mayor Juan Pablo Gallo. In this city you can enjoy the emblematic Parque Consota located at km 11 via Pereira, Cerritos neighborhood Galicia, in this place you can meet Noah's Farm that has horses, cattle, pigs, aviary, aquarium, among others. This place allows interaction with the animals found there and humans, thus showing a process of care and conservation.
You will also find the ancient Pereira that shows the famous Parque el Lago and its church, as well as the spaces that the Pereirans shared as barbershop, inn, mayor's office and parts of the traditional houses. Next to it, there is the Parque de la Memoria Indígena, a journey full of history that tells about different spaces; as was the interaction and ways of living of the indigenous cultures that inhabited and inhabit Colombia. This park is also well known for its many recreational scenarios such as swimming pools, sports scenarios, for resting.
In Pereira near the Parque Consota, there is the new Ukumarí Biopark where Bio-regions distribute the species that compose it. A place that is slowly growing (it is the largest in the Coffee Axis and one of the largest in Latin America), creation and incorporation of new Bio-regions and animal species.
Another natural area that includes the city of Pereira is the Otún Quimbaya Fauna and Flora Sanctuary It is known for being a protected area and is operated by an Association, called Yarumo Blanco, a union of the community of the county of Florida and surrounding villages for the good of the territory. This place directs important attractions such as Los Frailes Waterfall, operated by Yarumo Blanco, with a jump of 70 meters and an ideal path for environmental interpretation. Upon arriving at the waterfall, many dare to swim in the cold waters, this place is unique and its hike does not require much demand so it is perfect for family, couples or adventurous walkers. This same path of the Otún Quimbaya Fauna and Flora Sanctuary, takes you to La Pastora located in the Ucumarí Natural Regional Park; There is a visitor center where the journey to the upper basin of the Otún River begins with its attractions such as The Otún Lagoon Y Natural Park of Los Nevados.
A new addition of attractions in the city is the Mirador de Altagracia. Located in a corregimiento 30 minutes from Pereira. Its new viewpoint allows you to see a unique landscape of the surrounding municipalities and the surrounding mountains very characteristic of the Coffee Axis. Something you should definitely know.
If you see a giant bridge, it is the Cesar Gaviria Trujillo Viaduct, which connects the municipality of Dosquebradas and Pereira. An architectural work 704 meters long and with a height of 55 meters. This work prides the Pereiranos and the Coffee Axis. In addition, this great work passes over the lower basin of Río Otún.
Pereira Center is an epicenter of commerce and meeting between the Pereirans and all the people who visit the beautiful Coffee Axis, this city has important and emblematic parks for citizens such as: Parque de la Libertad, Plaza de Bolívar, Parque el Lake, Olaya Herrera Park, Plazoleta del Victoria and Banderas Park near the city center; La Rebeca Park, Founders Park, La Julia Park and Model Popular Park located on Avenida Circunvalar or Pereira's pink zone, and Guadalupe Zapata Park located in the Cuba Commune. You can also visit shopping centers such as the Arboleda Shopping Center, Unicentro, Victoria Shopping Center, Bolívar Plaza Shopping Center and Pereira Plaza Shopping Center.
A last place you can not miss, if you are a lover of nature is the Botanical Garden of the Technological University of Pereira. This site presents a path to travel in the company of a guide and to observe birds and native flora.
It is known as the industrial city and in addition to having shopping centers such as El Progreso and the Unique Outlet, it also has recreational sites such as the Camellias Viewpoint that offers a panoramic view of the city of Dosquebradas and Pereira, also the famous viewpoint from the tambo where there are specialized coffee shops and various preparations of this. Another emblematic place of the city is the Prairie Lake where there are various recreational activities such as swimming pool, canopy, boats by the lake, paintball, volleyball courts, skating rink, among others. This municipality also has a beautiful butterfly garden, Bonita Farm where you can see different kinds of butterflies and environmental interpretation is performed.
Las Marcadas Regional Park, is a destination in the municipality of Dosquebradas that is not yet visited due to its bad road, however you can obtain a local guidance company to know this beautiful place where some stones marked by the Quimbayas families that inhabited this place.
The high of the knot is a mountain range that enriches many water births, in addition this place offers a panoramic view of the city of Pereira and Dosquebradas This, contains an unparalleled connection with nature for its quiet space away from the city.
Santa Rosa de Cabal
It is known for its natural and wellness attractions, as they are hot springs of Santa Rosa and thermal Saint Vincent which are births of natural thermal water that provide rest. It also has several waterfalls such as La Cristalina, San Ramón and the best known for Pereiranos and Santarrosanos, waterfall, Chorros de Lolo. This municipality is known in its gastronomy for the exquisite Santarrosanos sausages that are sold in each store and restaurant in Santa Rosa. One of its most important attractions is the area that includes Natural National Parks that leads to Snowy Santa Isabel.
A municipality that is surrounded by mountains with a lovely greenery; there you will find the La Cristalina La Mesa Municipal Natural Park that offers you an environmental interpretation trail of forest in recovery in its middle part and native forests where the seven leathers predominates with a beautiful landscape when it is in bloom. This is a trail of approximately 3 km.
Another municipality of Risaralda well known for its ecological tourism and adventure activities; It has activities such as the Los Angeles Waterfall with a high degree of difficulty in its access, however a path that facilitates the arrival there has been adapted. We also find the Piñales Lagoon, the Santa Emilia Natural Park that is considered one of the protected areas with the greatest biodiversity and also the Cuchilla de San Juan Regional Natural Park that is shared with the municipalities of Apia, Pueblo Rico and Mistrató. It has a very important natural forest forest cover in the region since they constitute a natural biological corridor of the Western Cordillera. Also in this territory is the José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden.
In the town You can entertain yourself by visiting the Alto del Rey Municipal Natural Park where you can find a great example of community tourism where communities come together and provide the logistics to visit the protected area. There is an ecological path where it is recommended to be accompanied by a community guide who will do environmental interpretation and you can see wildlife of the sector. Enjoy also the Botanical Garden Anturio Negro that is located in the town center just 400 meters from the main park.
It is another well-known municipality of the department, this is due to its House of Culture that has a large chess in its center and in its halls protects the history of our ancestors; and if it is natural encounters, this municipality has the Alejandro Humboldt Botanical Garden with beautiful flora and fauna that can be seen on the created trails.
More municipalities of the Risaraldanse Coffee Cultural Landscape
Apia the municipality of the winds, is the ideal place to perform paragliding activity on the landscape of Eje Cafetero, it is an activity full of excitement and adrenaline. The Agua Linda Natural Reserve Park is an ideal place for recreational activities and environmental education.
In Sanctuary, Risaralda you will find Planes de San Rafael, a protected area in the Tatamá National Natural Park. In the area there are several trails that vary depending on the physical difficulty possible for each visitor. Within these trails is one of the most beautiful, the Tatamá Waterfall.
In Quinchía is the Tierras de Xixaraca archeological museum that protects history and its Gobia Hill that offers a beautiful panoramic view of the municipality and surrounding hills.
In the municipality of Mistratized You will know the beautiful waterfalls the Star and Sutu.
In the Celia You can enjoy the Municipal Natural Park Verdum, where you delight in a beautiful landscape along a path that takes approximately 1 hour.
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This department has 12 municipalities, it also belongs to the Coffee Axis, El Quindío limits to the north with the departments of Valle del Cauca and Risaralda, for the South with Tolima and Valle del Cauca, for the east with the department of Tolima and for the West again with the department of Valle del Cauca. This department has a great variety of tourist sites and places very recognized worldwide to visit, Insignia for coffee and recognized in the Coffee Axis.
How to get to Quindio?
The department's road infrastructure is perfect to get to know every corner, from trail roads that represent the Coffee Axis to main roads that connect with Colombia. Taking the coffee highway you can reach its capital (Armenia) and several municipalities near it from Pereira or Manizales. Crossing the line from Bogotá or Ibagué you can also reach Quindío and from the Valle del Cauca you can take the road that connects the municipality of Alcalá with Montenegro and other municipalities.
Armenia transport terminal
The Armenian transport terminal is located at Cl. 35 #20-68 and there are routes to cities such as Bogotá, Medellín, Manizales, Santa Rosa de Cabal, Pereira, Neiva, Cali, Ipiales, Pijao, Barranquilla and Santa Marta.
There are recognized towns of the department such as Salento, Filandia, Buenavista, Tebaida, Calarcá and Circasia. The main fleets operating in this terminal are Emperesa de arauca, Coochoferes, Velotax, Western Fleet, Bolivarian Express, Brasilia Express, Alcala Express, Palmira Express and Magdalena Fleet.
Its departures are 24 hours and inside the terminal there are restaurants, public bathrooms with hot showers, souvenir shops and also has a taxi fare for the safety of users who arrive in the city. El Quindío, a beautiful Jewel of the Coffee Axis.
El Eden International Airport
This airport is located on the outskirts of the capital city Armenia, via Tebaida in the Cl. 23 #22-08, Armenia, Nuevo Sol, Quindío. It is an airport opened in 1948 thanks to the efforts of citizens and the insistence of the Avianca airline, since they had noticed great potential in the department.
From the airport you can find airlines such as Avianca to Bogotá, Easy Fly with direct flight to Medellin and Spirit Airlines that operates with a direct flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida with departures on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. At the exit of the airport, there are public service taxis, urban inter-municipal bus services and companies that offer car rental.
What to do in the Department of Quindio?
This is the capital of the department of Quindío. It is known as the Miracle City for its rapid development and growth. There you can enjoy the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a beautiful temple with triangular roof and stained glass windows of biblical passages (very typical of the Coffee Axis) and palms that surround it where the monument to Bolivar is also located.
You can also visit the Sucre Park, where José Antonia de Sucre's bronze bust is located with a plaque honoring the Colombian poet Carmelina Soto and a beautiful lagoon surrounded by aquatic flora and fish where an immense ceiba planted at the beginning of the century stands out XX. On the outskirts of the city you will enjoy a dip with the Hotel Campestre Las Bailarinas that has swimming pools and natural slides, as well as offering adrenaline activities such as bungee jumping, swing 360, extreme pendulum, among others.
This is another of the municipalities of the department and is the second most visited, Exalta the Coffee Axis, since it enchants all its visitors with its beautiful colonial architecture, landscapes that are framed around the wax palm that is the national tree and its beautiful royal street that leads on a culture path to the top of Salento where there is a spectacular viewpoint that allows you to have a panoramic view of the municipality and the Cocora Valley.
Visit also the village of the artisan, where the local artisans of the town coexist as a small community, who will show you their crafts, sustainable gastronomic models with typical preparations and ecological gardens; and how to create a quiet way of life a few steps from the main square. Ride the Cocora Valley and breathe fresh air from a territory of fog and lots of nature.
Let yourself be enveloped by its historical architecture that through its walls and colors tell you a history of colonization, paths of horseshoes and people thrown forward, all this is the essence of the Coffee Axis. In its royal street you find so many crafts that you will have no excuse not to carry a souvenir of the Coffee Axis.
Municipality frames the beauty of this department, keeps one of the best known parks in the region. Panaca It is the first agricultural theme park in the world that opened in 1999. It has 10 stations and more than 4000 species where you can interact, play and feed each of the animals that Panaca will let you know. One of the best-known attractions too, is the rafting on the La Vieja river, in rafts made of guadua. This demonstrates the ingenuity that characterizes the Coffee Growers.
Municipality recognized for having one of the best known parks in the world and in Colombia. He National Coffee Park It was designed to learn more about the coffee culture in a more fun way, in addition to having tours of coffee crops and a train station has mechanical attractions full of adrenaline. A park tailored to any audience that wants to know it, a place that falls in love from the beginning.
Another park that characterizes the municipality of Montenegro is the Arrieros Park, located on the road that leads to Quimbaya. This park is characteristic of the arriera culture and there you interact with the characters that play a role as locals that will make you feel like a whole arriero.
It is another municipality of Quindío that has great recognition for preserving its traditional colonial architecture, surrounding its main square. You will also find the illuminated hill viewpoint where you can see municipalities of Quindío, Valle del Cauca and Risaralda for the incredible panorama that is given thanks to the surface on which it was built. This municipality is in the middle of the majestic Barbas Bremen Reserve with an area of 10,000 hectares that are shared with the department of Risaralda, enjoy landscapes and ecological trails.
Other municipalities of the Quindiano Coffee Cultural Landscape
In La Tebaida You can enjoy the Plaza de Bolívar, the meeting place for locals and visitors and around its park you will find restaurants and cafes.
Good view It is known for being an ideal municipality for paragliding because of its location and winds that favor flight. Also in its surroundings it has special coffees and coffee farms that, due to their height, allow us to see an extraordinary landscape. It has the hill of the three crosses, which is at the highest point located in the town center and allows a panoramic view of the Quindío river valley.
The town of Cordova, rest in the tranquility of its inhabitants. Arriving at its urban center is the National Center for the Study of Guadua Bamboo, a cultural tour on this magnificent material that forged and characterizes many of the traditional constructions of the Coffee Axis.
Pijao It is a municipality that falls in love with all who visit this charming place. Most of its structures still retain their traditional architecture and from its main park that is surrounded by beautiful buildings, you can also observe a unique landscape between mountains.
The main attraction of Calarcá It is the Quindío and Mariposario Botanical Garden. Known because its structure is a butterfly and internally shelters almost 50 different species of butterflies and is surrounded by beautiful flora. Enjoy besides RECUCA, a coffee cultural tour where
Circasia It has become a quiet municipality and that thanks to its proximity to the main road is a great connector among other municipalities. There you will find the high viewpoint of the cross, a wood construction of approximately 15 m high where you will get a nice view of the town and its surroundings. You will also find the Echeverry Cipriano Historical Museum which is the sample of an earthquake reconstruction that shook the Coffee Axis in 1999.
The municipality of Genoa It is located south of the department, one of its most striking attractions is special for people interested in trekking. The Juntas Lagoon is immersed in the highest part of the municipality, there with the constant of a cold climate, a vegetation of the moor and the crystalline water of the lagoon is distinguished.
This department has 27 municipalities with a great variety of activities and landscapes that always enchant. Known as Caldenses, its inhabitants are known for their great kindness and for always being willing to help every person who needs it. It borders the departments of Risaralda and Cundinamarca to the south, to the north with Antioquia, to the northeast with Boyacá and Tolima to the west. Its capital is the city of Manizales, the city of open doors
How to get to Caldas?
The department has a very good road infrastructure between municipalities with secondary roads, passes through the department the West Trunk that connects the country from north to south, also the Magdalena Trunk and the Coffee Trunk.
Caldas transport terminal
The Manizales transport terminal becomes a great tourist epicenter where there is a great cultural exchange in the Coffee Axis. This terminal is located in Los Cámbulos, Cr 43 # 65 & #8211; 100, Manizales, Caldas next to the Vía Panamericana.
It has a wide range of intermunicipal and national routes, allowing a great connection in the Coffee Axis. The most outstanding are Brasilia Express with routes to Valledupar and Cali, Coffee Collectives with routes to Cartago, Pereira, Santa Rosa de Cabal and Chinchiná, Palmira Express is also found with routes to and from Cali, Pereira, Bogotá and Armenia, Transarmenia with routes to Pereira, Armenia and Santa Rosa de Cabal, Express Trejos that goes to Cali, Buga and Buenaventura, Bolivarian Express with routes to Bogotá and Cúcuta, Contranshuila to Ibagué and Neiva, Arauca Express to destinations such as Bogotá, Cali, Pereira and Cartago and finally Ospina Fleet with routes to Medellín and Cali.
La Nubia Airport
This airport not so used in the Coffee Axis, but not less important, is located in the city of Manizales in the Nubian sector 7 km away from the Pan-American Highway and only a few meters from the National University of Colombia Manizales Campus Headquarters The Nubia
It has national flights to the cities of Bogotá and Medellín and the only lines that operate are Avianca and Easyfly. The frequencies of this airport are based on the weather of the city. At the exit of the Airport there are spaces with tourist information and means of transport to move around the city and enjoy every corner of this beautiful apartment.
What to do in the Department of Caldas?
The capital of the department, andIt is known as the Coffee Capital of the World for being the center of the production and marketing of Caldense coffee. The capital is a reference of the fair held every January and that gives joy in the municipality one of the most important of the Coffee Axis. It is a culturally known place because it has many scenarios that lends itself to an interaction between locals and visitors.
In Manizales You can also enjoy relaxing spaces in Termales del Autumn, a place located in the mountains of Manizale that allow you to appreciate the city's unique and charming landscapes and enjoy the spectacular thermal water.
The Monument to the Colonizers located in Cyprus, one of the most native places. This is a work made in bronze, where you can see an incredible panoramic view of the city. There you can also enjoy the Cyprus viewpoint where the Tower of Heaven is located, a structure 40 meters high Built in a water reserve tank.
If your plan is more natural and calm, Manizales offers you the Thought Precinct; A place where you will find a great variety of fauna and flora in spaces surrounded by peace and tranquility. Also enjoy the Río Blanco Nature Reserve, an ideal place for bird watching thanks to its 4.932 There is a forest of fog that is crossed by ecological paths surrounded by nature.
Relax in Tierra Viva Hot Springs where it is ideal to live in a space of tranquility, its waters are born from a point known as an iron mine and thus provide many nutrients and minerals to these waters. If you are looking for a religious and cultural space, the Cathedral Basilica Metropolitana Nuestra Señora de Rosario is all in one. This Basilica is located in the Plaza de Bolivar de Manizales, it is the tallest cathedral in Colombia with approximately 106 meters and also has an ideal tourist attraction to get a panoramic view from the top of the cathedral. It is a circuit with spiral-shaped steps and its name is due to the Second World War where Poland was invaded, just when this church was being finished.
It was the first municipalities founded by the Paisa colonizers and in this territory there are still traces of their ancestors in details such as its architecture, hand-woven hats of iraca palm, the fondas and the muleteers who sing trovas and tell stories. There you can appreciate the Hat Museum and get to know from the raw material to the end where that magnificent Aguadeño hat is left, no doubt an important piece in the Coffee Axis.
The municipality where the Cristo Rey receives you, this It is a small but cozy town. Mainly known for its immense Christ the King located in the old "high bear", there you can reach very high internally of this monument and have incredible views of the municipality and its surroundings, It is the tallest in the world in its genre with 45.5 meters high and on the first floor is the chapel of the fallen Lord, it is one of the main viewpoints of the Coffee Axis. La Estampilla Eco theme park is another wonderful place where you can go hiking in the middle of nature. You can also take a dip in natural waters in the Charco Negro.
It is a tourist town full of water attractions. There you will find Cerro de Las Cruces, a natural viewpoint, offers unique landscapes, particularly sunsets; ideal to raise kite in the month of August. The Quebrada Santa Rosa is a site that preserves some characteristics of the original native ecosystems, represented in wildlife species. It is also attractive for geomorphological phenomena such as rocky walls up to 15 meters high, which are presented along its stream channel.
This is the third municipality in coffee importance, where there is the highest production and in which more people are linked in the grain process. There you will also find Luker Farm has attractions such as the didactic route through the cocoa process and the presentation of scientific advances on the subject. Also enjoy the La Rochela resort.
This small town is an ecological jewel. ANDIt's ideal for ecotourism. In the lagoon of San Diego you can contemplate the imperfect hill of San Diego, where the old gates of the town are located. Here you can take a boat ride with a native guide, who tells the stories and legends of the region. In 2015, a young volcano was discovered in the municipality that was hidden under a layer of vegetation and still breathes as its inhabitants say since in the vicinity of the volcano there are hot springs. There was built a farm with ecological trails and through hoses transport the thermal water to improvised pools.
In the town You will find the well-known fairs and parties of the avocado and also its rivers and the many activities that can be done there. Find the Cave of the Guarachos, a place where you connect with nature and visit beautiful nocturnal creatures. Las Pavas, a crystalline water spa 10 minutes from the main park of the Municipality of Norcasia and on a 2-hour upstream tour, you can reach Salto de las Pavas, where a natural pool is formed. Mirador plans, welcomes us with a spectacular view of the Amaní Reservoir; To get there, you must cross the reservoir and take a walk of approximately 45 minutes, certainly a place with a wonderful landscape value.
Other municipalities of the Caldense Coffee Cultural Landscape
With an incredible view, Anserma receive us The lands where you can enjoy good coffee and the friendliness of its inhabitants. Aranzazu It is the municipality of tranquility and ancestral traditions. This place is known for keeping Antioqueñas traditions and customs of grandparents. Visit the Moravia Waterfalls that belong to the Santa Clara Forest.
Chinchiná It is a municipality known for its privileges in lands that give crops full of smell and taste of the mildest coffee in the world.
In the municipality of La DoradaOn the banks of the Pontoná river you can visit the Bolilongo spa, an ideal place to observe the flora and fauna of the region. You also have to know the Parque de las Iguanas with more than 350 species. Enjoy also an hour by boat from La Dorada de La Habana, a special place for water sports and ecotourism.
In the high west of Caldas, it is located The mercy a young municipality that has an area where the landscapes of the Cauca river canyon allow adventure activities such as paragliding from the El Tambor sidewalk and river rafting.
In Apple orchards, enjoy Cerro Guadalupe and Cerro Monserrate, which from the top gives you magical landscapes of the municipality and its surroundings. The Plaza de Bolívar of the municipality of Manzanares is in the town center and is the meeting place of all the inhabitants of this municipality. Spot the Santa Barbara waterfall, which has a 120 meter water fall, an elevated bridge from which it is possible to enjoy the breeze, the landscape and the surrounding infrastructure. You will also find Charco Las Brisas, a natural paradise with crystal clear waters just 10 km from the town center.
The town that lives on top of the mountain, the gold town of Colombia. The gold people of Colombia, the wealth of Marmato It cannot be calculated just by counting its mineralogical reserves. There is also a deep-rooted mining culture in the everyday life of Margarita, in addition to an extremely valuable heritage sculpted in the form of a landscape on the slopes of Cerro el Burro.
Marquetalia It is a municipality known for its active production of panela, as well as being an ecotourism destination full of culture.
In Salamis, in the town of San Felix, 30 km from the urban area, it is possible to visit a large set of wax palms, a tree considered a symbol of the nation. The forest of Samaria or the Mirador del Valle de la Samaria, is a pride for the Salaminans since these ecosystems are scarce in the country.
The place of the Carnival of the Devil, Dirty river It is a Caldense municipality of carnival tradition, this is a great musical comedy where there are actors, hierarchies and roles. The effigy of the devil is the most important representation and through it the brotherhood and reconciliation of the peoples is guaranteed.
I knew It is a municipality full of friendly people there you will find the Brisas del Río resort that has a wave pool and multiple entertainment and fun scenarios. Also visit the San Lorenzo Museum and Temple that presents wooden sculptures, photographs and oil paintings by regional artist Ángel María Palomino.
Near the capital of Caldas is Villamaría, a small town that is the main area of influence in the territory of the Los Nevados National Natural Park. There you get easily to Nevado del Ruiz The highest summit of the PNN Los Nevados with a height of 5,320 meters above sea level, is the main tourist attraction of Villamaría and the department of Caldas.
Viterbo It is a municipality in the valley that makes up the Risaralda River, there you will find Hacienda la Cecilia. This site is of great historical relevance since the foundation of the town was planned from there. Made of wood, with many adjoining rooms, a large dining room and wide corridors, the main house responds to the characteristics of rural coffee constructions.
In Marulanda, a quiet municipality of Caldas you can know the Temple Our Lady of the Mercedes, a current structure responds to Romanesque and neoclassical stylistic forms, represented in a large pediment with three accesses and a single interior nave that ends in a main altar.
In the town Victory You can take a dip in Caldas at the Natural Doña Juana spa located 15 km from the rural area. Risaralda, Caldas is a town of quiet inhabitants and there you find the CERES Botanical Garden With an area of 16,400 m2, it is distributed in different areas with ecological trails with lots of flora and fauna.
Neira It is a quiet municipality and there one of its best-known buildings is its Transport Terminal built in handmade guadua. The Salto de los Chorros is another magical place in this municipality where you can go hiking and observe beautiful fauna and flora.
Located in the middle of the central mountain range, you find Pácora a town wrapped in the history of the Antioqueña colonization that is reflected in its house, roads, museums and temples.
In the municipality of Saint Joseph, you will find the Colonial architecture that invades the houses of this beautiful little town.
This department has 42 municipalities of which 9 are under the declaration of the Coffee Cultural Landscape. The capital of this department is Santiago de Cali, also known as the capital of salsa. This department is very close to the department of Risaralda, bordering with it in the north as well as with the department of Chocó, with Quindío and Tolima bordering to the east, to the south with the department of Cauca and to the west with the Pacific Sea.
The department has a road infrastructure that takes into account two main roads such as the West or Pan American Trunk and the Pacific Trunk that mainly connects the municipality of La Virginia, Risaralda with the capital of Valle Del Cauca, Cali.
Main airports of Valle del Cauca
The most representative airports and close to the municipalities declared within the Coffee Cultural Landscape are:
Santa Ana Airport located in Carthage, exactly in the Cr4 51-87 operates with direct flights to the city of Bogotá with the airline Viva Air.
Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport located in Palmira, it has Avianca airlines with flights to Bogotá, Cartagena, New York, Pasto, Rionegro, Barranquilla; Latam airline with flights to Lima and San Andres; The Easyfly airline with flights from Quibdó and Bucaramanga; Copa Airlines with flight to Panama, with the La Satena airline there are only flights from Florence, Aerogal operates from Guayaquil, Ecuador and the Spirit airline from Fort Lauderdale, Miami.
Declaration of the Coffee Cultural Landscape in Valle del Cauca
Sometimes the common people do not understand the reason for them to be part of this declaration. The answer has a lot to do with the history of the occupation of the territory, its drive, commitments and industriousness. They are large and small, with easy access and complicated routes that make it worthwhile to meet them all in the end. This declaration includes certain paths in the rural areas of the municipalities of Alcalá, Ansermanuevo, Caicedonia, El Águila, Cairo, Riofrío, Sevilla, Trujillo and Ulloa.