Why you should visit the Coffee Region
- Stay at beautifully converted haciendas in the heart of vast areas of coffee growing country
- Hike or horse ride through the cloud-forests of the Cocora Valley, teeming with orchids, heliconias, bromeliads and hummingbirds
- Visit a traditional working coffee finca, such as Hacienda Venecia or San Alberto to see the fascinating coffee-making process from plant to cup
- Los Nevados National Park is home to Colombia’s highest volcano chain offering the adventurous traveller the chance to explore glaciers and cloud forest
Our specialists 'Must Do'
People watch from a cafe or town square in one of the pretty colourful hilltop towns such as Filandia or Salento, renowned for its beautifully painted houses and balconies. You are certain to see plenty of brightly painted 1970’s Willy Jeeps, the traditional mode of transport in the mountains!
A little more about The Coffee Region
The Coffee Region, also known as La Zona Cafetera or Coffee Triangle, is a beautiful region of Colombia which lies between the three cities of Manizales, Pereira and Armenia. Colombia produces some of the best quality coffee in the world and the vast majority is grown in this part of the country.
Explore the fertile valleys and visit the numerous coffee plantations, many with beautifully preserved and colourful haciendas, where visitors can trace the coffee making process from start to finish. Some of these lovely haciendas now offer a comfortable place to stay.
The region is not only renowned for its excellent coffee; it offers visitors the chance to experience picturesque working towns such as Salento and Filandia with their brightly coloured guadua or bamboo balconies. Sample the perfect espresso or cappuccino in one of the local coffee shops, where you can also sip a local rum or aguardiente!
Suggested areas to visit in the Coffee Region include Los Nevados National Park and the Cocora Valley, a stunning national park of rolling hills covered with temperate rainforest and picturesque rivers, all flanked by towering volcanoes. It is most famous for being one of the few areas still home to Colombia’s national tree, the endangered Quindio wax palm which can grow up to 60 metres in height.
The area is also abundant in flora and fauna with 16 species of humming bird, the rare 'palmero' parrot, condors and even the spectacled bear. It is also a beautiful spot for those with a keen interest in flowers; there are hundreds of bromeliads and orchids of all shapes and sizes.
When to go
The Coffee Region is a year round destination with peaks in rainfall in May and October. It is worth noting that evenings can be a little chilly.