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.

San Pedro Claver Church, Cartagena, Colombia

Highlights of Colombia

Combine a host of Colombia’s cultural highlights, spending time in vibrant cities, peaceful mountain villages and fertile coffee growing valleys, topped off with time on the coast.  

15 days

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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

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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

Wildlife in the Coffee Region

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.


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Coffee Region, Colombia

Stay in Colombia’s Coffee Region

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

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Coffee Plantation, Colombia

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.

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Cocora Valley, Salento, Colombia

Explore the Cocora Valley

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

Nevado del Ruiz Volcano, Colombia

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.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Casa de Campo El Delirio £££££

  • Colombia
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Casa de Campo El Delirio, is a beautiful colonial-style house a kilometre away from Montenegro. Surrounded by a large garden and with great mountain views, it is an ideal base from which to explore the country’s coffee triangle. The house itself is decorated in a traditional, period-style and there are eight rooms with private bathrooms. There is also a swimming pool, restaurant, billiard and games room and a nature path that takes you through coffee plantations and forests of heliconia and guadua (bamboo).

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Sazagua Boutique Hotel £££££

  • Colombia
  • Boutique

Sazagua is situated close to the city of Pereira in the heart of the coffee region. In contrast to the traditional haciendas, Sazagua is a modern property offering 10 rooms with traditional touches. The gardens are full birds and an unexpected “bottle tree”. There are a lovely pool and fantastic spa. Owner, Amelia, extends a very warm welcome and is an extremely hospitable host. Excellent restaurant!

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Hacienda Bambusa £££££

  • Colombia
  • Boutique

The hacienda is built of bamboo and clay tiles, in the typical style of the houses in the coffee region. The 250 acres that surround the hacienda are cultivated with fields of banana, cacao, orange, coffee, pineapple and cattle. There is a good-sized swimming pool. The restaurant serves dishes that are largely produced from food grown on the farm. There are just seven rooms, all of a good size and comfortably furnished. Views are either to the pool or gardens.

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Hacienda Castilla £££££

  • Colombia
  • B&B, Motel and Guesthouse

Hacienda Castilla is a coffee plantation house with 9 rooms, located outside the town of Pereira. Built in 1716 with vastly thick walls, the hacienda boasts a lovely pool, private restaurant and grounds peppered with fruit trees. Each room is decorated individually, simply furnished but provide a welcoming base from which to explore the coffee region.

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Hacienda San Jose £££££

  • Colombia
  • Boutique

Hacienda San José was built in 1888 by Francisco Mejia Jaramillo, great grandfather of the current owners, and is one of the most ancient and better-preserved houses in the area. Set amid lush vegetation in a vibrant coffee-producing area, the hacienda is a traditional house of the ‘eje cafetero’ whose history dates back three centuries. The ‘tapia pisada’ walls of the first-floor date back to colonial times and are of Spanish influence, whereas the second floor is built in the style of the Antioquia colonisation.

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