Welcome to Zona Cafetera


The region was colonized by paisas in the 19th century during the colonización antioqueña, and remains culturally tied to Medellín in everything from its traditional architecture to its cuisine. It's an area of spectacular natural beauty and there are stunning vistas everywhere.


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Zona Cafetera activities

$190 Day Trips & Excursions

Pereira to Cocora Valley, Salento Day Tour with Coffee Tasting

To discover the Coffee Cultural Landscape is to be in contact with nature, coffee culture and the shapes and colors of the houses in its villages. In Salento and the Cocora Valley, we have these three experiences in one day. In the morning, we will visit Cocora Valley where we will walk under the highest wax palms in the world, going up to the mountain to meet the mysterious cloud forest. We will have lunch at one of the best restaurants in the region and then you will liven up with your own hands a wax palm from Quindio, Colombia's national tree. In the afternoon, we will visit "Finca El Ocaso", to learn more about the coffee process and to discover the best kept secrets of Colombian coffee. At the end of the day, we will walk through the charming streets of Salento, the main square and its viewpoints.

$128 Day Trips & Excursions

Pereira Full-Day Bike Tour Including Private Guide and Lunch

We will go by Jeep Willys to the start point, outside of Pereira. You will ride through coffee cultivations in the Andes Mountains and descend to one of the most important rivers in Colombia – the Cauca River. You will then embark the “Brujita” – a unique transportation system that has a wooden platform and ball bearings that displace over the rails of the antique train track – an emotion-filled journey. Next, take another native Colombian transportation system called “Garrucha” that is a basket made of metal and wood that hangs from steel cables which allows you to cross the Cauca River to reach the banks of a town named Belalcazar, Caldas. Rest and walk approximately 30 minutes to a series of waterfalls, the ideal place to swim in cool, pristine waters.

$493 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Pereira to Cocora Valley 3-Day Biking and Hiking Adventure

Day 1: Meet in Pereira. Transfer to Coffee Farm. (L, D)Pickup time: After 1:00 p.m.You will go by Jeep Willys to the coffee farm, outside of Pereira. This afternoon, you will experience everything about Colombian Coffee, the icon of our country. Every sense will come alive to listen to, smell, see, and taste one of the best coffees in the world.Day 2: Estación Pereira – The Route of the Local Means of Transport. (B, L, D)Wake up early to experience everything about Colombian coffee, the icon of our country. Every sense will come alive to listen to, smell, see and taste one of the best coffees in the world. Later, ride a bike through coffee cultivation in the Andes Mountains and descend to one of the most important rivers in Colombia, the Cauca River. There, embark the “Brujita” a unique transportation system that has a wooden platform and ball bearings that displace over the rails of the antique train track, an emotion-filled journey. Next, take another native Colombian transportation system called “Garrucha” that is a basket made of metal and wood that hangs from steel cables which allows you to cross the Cauca River to reach the banks of a town named Belalcazar, Caldas. Rest and walk approximately 30 minutes to a series of waterfalls, the ideal place to swim in cool, pristine waters. To complete the day, lunch is a delicious chicken soup “Sancocho”, a typical dish from our country.Day 3: Valle de Cocora and Salento – Hiking in the Cradle of the Wax Palm. (B, L)Discover and hike one of the most beautiful and interesting routes in the Coffee Region. Tropical woods surrounded by Wax Palm Trees, the beautiful sound of birds, and an unparalleled landscape that leads to the Home of the Hummingbirds, a nature reserve that will touch you with its wings. Learn about the biodiversity of the cloud forests, the animals that live here, and the importance of this ecosystem for our region. After seeping yourself in nature, visit Salento, a village filled with charm and magic, with colorful balconies, artisan stores, culture, and a history that will take you on a journey to the past. To recharge batteries, there’s nothing better than a traditional lunch of trout and fried plantain.You will begin the drive back to the airport or hotel in Pereira at 4:00 p.m.

$2063 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pereira to Cocora Valley 7-Day Biking Coffee and Culture Tour

Difficulty level: 6 - 7 of 10 (medium/high)Day 1: Meet in Pereira. Transfer to Coffee Farm. (D)Pickup time: After 1:00 p.m.You will go by Jeep Willys to the coffee farm, outside of Pereira. This afternoon, you will experience everything about Colombian Coffee, the icon of our country. Every sense will come alive to listen to, smell, see, and taste one of the best coffees in the world.Day 2: Estación Pereira – The Route of the Local Means of Transport (B, L, D)Ride a bike through coffee cultivations in the Andes Mountains and descend to one of the most important rivers in Colombia – the Cauca River. There, embark the “Brujita” and a " Garrucha" – a native Colombian transportation -. Rest and walk approximately 30 minutes to a series of waterfalls, the ideal place to swim in cool, pristine waters.Day 3: Ulloa/Quimbaya – The Route of the Beautiful Valley (B, L, D)You will ride through three of the four departments that are part of the world heritage site, the Coffee Cultural Landscape, declared by UNESCO. It’s a day of changing landscapes that allow you to appreciate the agricultural, cultural and natural wealth of the Coffee Region. Day 4: Filandia – The Route to the Quindío Lookout (B, L, D)This route, surrounded by coffee and plantain cultivations, will lead us to the municipality of Filandia, a small coffee producing, artisan village. In the afternoon, visit some artisan stores and walk through the streets of this traditional village.Day 5: Valle de Cocora y Salento – The Route of the Wax Palm Tree (B, L, D)Ride to Salento, famous for its original architecture represented in the Colonial houses and balconies of the town, as well as its artisan shops. After eating a delicious and typical lunch, perusing the streets of this beautiful town, then go to the Valle de Cocora, the door to Los Nevados National Natural Park.Day 6: Return to Pereira – Route of Happiness (B, L, D)Return to Pereira riding on a part of the highway, then on a rural road that will weave through many rural populations whose main economic activity is based on agriculture. You will be surrounded by eucalyptus trees, then cultivations – plantain, onion, tomato, and other vegetables, until you arrive to the city.Day 7: Pereira – Transfer (B)You have a free morning to enjoy the farm, surrounded by the beautiful sound of bird and an unparalleled landscape. You will begin the drive back to the airport or hotel in Pereira at 11:00am

$699 Cultural & Theme Tours

5 Days Colombian Coffee Culture, Cocora Valley, Salento, Filandia and Much More

ItineraryDay 1: SalentoStop At: Salento, QuindíoYou'll be collected from the Pereira Matecaña International Airport and take a wonderful drive through the beautiful; scenery to your waiting accommodation in Salento.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Salento HotelDay 2: Wax Palms, Salento and Coffee TourStop At: Salento, QuindíoYou will be collected from the hotel and taken for a wonderful drive to the Cocora Valley were you will walk through the Wax Palm Forrest of the Cocora Valley.Following this you’ll enjoy a walking tour of Salento and a stop for some lunch, in one of the many fine restaurants.Next you’ll be enjoying a full coffee tour explaining exactly how everything works, and a complete explanation of the entire coffee process from seed to cup.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Salento HotelDay 3: Santa Rosa de Cabal Thermal Hot Springs / FilandiaStop At: Filandia Centro Artesanal, Filandia, Quindio DepartmentWill be a trip to the magical location of the Thermal Hot Springs of Santa Rosa. Surrounded by a tropical jungle you’ll walk through and soak up the mineral rich waters in this amazing setting, along with wandering these beautiful grounds and exploring the unbelievable waterfall.Following this amazingly relaxing excursion, you’ll be taken to the amazingly colorful town of Filandia. If you thought Salento was an exceptionally colorful town with wonderful architecture, you will absolutely love this place. Here you will enjoy a walking tour and be staying the night in the heart of this wonderful town.Duration: 9 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Filandia HotelDay 4: Belalcázar and Viterbo TourStop At: Viterbo — caldasSite back and relax as you are driven high through the plantations of Coffee and Platino (similar to bananas) to reach the peak of Belalcázar. Once here you’ll enjoy the breathtaking views of 4 states of Colombia and the amazing site of a giant statue of “Christ the King” overlooking the valleys and town below. You’ll climb to the top of this giant statue and enjoy a full 360% view for 100’s of miles in every direction.Next you’ll enjoy a short journey to the entrance of Viterbo, where you can change vehicle for a picturesque ride in a Willys through to the town center. You’ll then be collected in the plaza and continue onto a lake full of fish, which will be where you’ll stop for lunch. You’ll also have a choice of catching for your own lunch using a bamboo fishing pole.After lunch you’ll journey back into the town of Viterbo and enjoy some free time before checking in to your hotel and your choice of activities, or just to relax.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Viterbo HotelDay 5: Viterbo Free Day to Explore More / Airport drop-offStop At: Pereira, RisaraldaYour transport will be waiting to take you to the airport at anytime for the next part of your Colombian adventure, or if you have arranged for another night or more accommodation to explore more of the Zona Cafetera region (highly recommended and can be organised with us after booking), your transport will be waiting for another day. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$80 Kid Friendly

Pasadía Nevado Santa Isabel - desde Pereira y Manizales

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Nevado Santa Isabel, Pereira, Risaralda DepartmentLa jornada inicia a las 4 de la mañana en el restaurante Grajales de la plaza de Bolívar de la ciudad de Pereira, el recorrido se hace a bordo de un vehículo 4x4 por la vía que conduce a Santa Rosa de Cabal – Termales San Vicente – Potosí – Conejeras.Aproximadamente a las 7:30 de la mañana llegaremos al hostal Campo Alegre (posada campesina) sector potosí, a 3.850 msnm donde se toma el desayuno y se aprecia más de cerca el ecosistema de paramo.Después del desayuno y de una corta caminata de aclimatación nos dirigimos a las instalaciones de Parques Nacionales Naturales para recibir una charla de inducción al Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados. Posteriormente se aborda el 4X4 por alrededor de 40 minutos hacia el sector Conejeras (4.150 msnm) donde iniciara la caminata de 3 horas aproxEn este recorrido deben realizarse varias paradas de aclimatación y descanso donde el guía aprovechara para dar información de interés del lugar que estamos visitando.Después de 3.7 km de recorrido se llega al borde glaciar del nevado Santa Isabel a 4.700 msnm, aquí estaremos aproximadamente 30 minutos (esto depende de las condiciones del clima) e iniciamos descenso a más tardar a la una de la tarde hacia los vehículos, el tiempo estimado en descenso es de 2 horas. Una vez se aborde el vehículo nuevamente se realiza el regreso al Hostal Campo Alegre para tomar un reconfortante almuerzo y regresar en los vehículos a la ciudad de Pereira aproximadamente a las 7:00 de la noche.

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