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Coffee Region, Colombia

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.

Mountains, Colombia
Mountains, Colombia

Highlights of Colombia & Sail Rosario Islands

This journey through Colombia takes in a host of the nation’s highlights, from the grand colonial churches and street art of Bogota to the UNESCO World Heritage city and coffee-growing regions of Cartagena. With just a sprinkling of internal flights and some indulgent nights spent aboard a privately chartered yacht exploring the turquoise waters of the Rosario Islands, this is a beyond the ordinary way to experience the “gateway to South America”.

13 days

from $13,399 pp

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Salt production, Guajira Peninsula, Colombia
Guajira Peninsula, Colombia

Off-the-Beaten-Track in Colombia

This Colombian adventure unveils some of the nation’s most offbeat locations, while still taking time to privately tour the galleries and architectural highlights of the cosmopolitan capital. An extraordinary trip for intrepid visitors to “the gateway to South America”, it traverses both the Amazon Rainforest and the Guajira Peninsula.

18 days

from $6,033 pp

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Coffee Plantation, Colombia
Coffee Plantation, Colombia

A little more about the Coffee Region

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.

White-Tailed Hillstar, Montezuma, Colombia
White-Tailed Hillstar, Montezuma, Colombia

The area is also abundant in flora and fauna with 16 species of hummingbird, 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.

Experiences

Visit Coffee Plantations

Visit a traditional working coffee finca, such as Hacienda Venecia or San Alberto to see the fascinating coffee-making process from plant to cup.

Explore the Cocora Valley

Hike or horse ride through the cloud-forests of the Cocora Valley, teeming with orchids, heliconias, bromeliads and hummingbirds.

Discover Los Nevados National Park

Home to Colombia’s highest volcano chain, Los Nevados National Park offers the adventurous traveller the chance to explore glaciers and cloud forest.

Stay in Colombia’s Coffee Region

Stay at beautifully converted haciendas in the heart of vast areas of the coffee growing country.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

James Armitage

James has discovered the huge variety of landscapes from the flat Llanos flood plains to the towering Andes and the rich golden beaches of the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.
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John Faithfull

Colombia is a firm Latin favourite with John, who’s most memorable moment in the country included an exhausting hike through the wild (and lawless) Darien Gap with The Times journalist Martin Fletcher.
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John put together a phenomenal itinerary to Colombia that included the Colombian Amazon, a place that we understand to be little visited. What a trip it was – you have made Steppes clients out of us, John.

Destination: Colombia
Travel Expert: John

Sailing around the Rosario Islands was not something we had even considered, but we are so grateful to John for putting this enchanting archipelago on our radar.

Destination: Colombia
Travel Expert: John

Our trip to Colombia and Peru, organised by James, exceeded all of our expectations! We travelled initially to see our eldest son who lives in California and then decided that (while close by) we would "nip" to Peru with the aim of visiting Machu Picchu, and onward to Colombia. A spectacular and memorable trip of a lifetime.

Destinations: Colombia & Peru
Travel Expert: James

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