Colina Iluminada

Zona Cafetera

On a hill just outside town, this impressive 19m-tall wooden structure offers breathtaking views over three departments and, on a clear day, Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Zona Cafetera attractions

2. Museo del Oro Quimbaya

6.82 MILES

This excellent museum showcases the fine work of indigenous pre-Columbian Quimbaya goldsmiths, as well as fine ceramics and ceremonial items. There are…

3. Parque de la Vida

8.33 MILES

If all the concrete is getting too much, stop by this tranquil park located in a valley in the middle of the city. It features both gardens and forested…

4. Jardín Botánico

8.81 MILES

Within the grounds of the Universidad Tecnológia de Pereira, the botanic gardens has orchids, exotic bamboos, hummingbirds and medicinal plants, and…

5. Museo de Arte de Pereira

9.54 MILES

Arguably the best art museum in the region (bar Medellín's offerings), this place showcases thought-provoking exhibits by Colombian and South American…

6. Bolívar Desnudo

10.18 MILES

The centerpiece of Plaza de Bolívar is Rodrigo Arenas Betancur's 8.5m-high, 11-tonne bronze statue of the Liberator, naked on horseback, urging his…

7. Jardín Botánico del Quindío

11.14 MILES

Armenia's excellent 15-hectare botanical garden has the best mariposario in the Zona Cafetera. The 680-sq-meter butterfly house is shaped like a giant…

8. Reserva Natural Acaime

13.21 MILES

At Acaime there are basic private rooms and a large dorm, and you can usually get a hot chocolate (with a chunk of cheese). You’ll also see up to 15…