The Eje Cafetero is the largest coffee producing region of Colombia. The landscape is characterized by deeply incised rivers, steep hills with coffee plantations and fincas terraces (coffee farms). The major cities are Armenia, Pereira and Manizales. These cities are connected by the Autopista del Café, a modern four-lane highway that, through spectacular viaducts and bridges winds up and down and swings from Armenia to Pereira to Manizales. Besides the autopista there is another road to go from Pereira to Manizales. This road leads through the village of Chin China and offers a nice views of the typical landscape of the Eje Cafetero.
The departments of Caldas, Quindio and Risaralda form the Coffee Triangle, so named because this is the region of Colombia where most coffee crops grow.
Everywhere you look around the cities of Manizales, Pereira and Armenia you will see coffee plantations and in every restaurant you can enjoy the small cups of “Tinto”, the typical Colombian coffee.
The region is a prime destination in Colombia because of the traditional coffee farms and many country houses have been converted into tourist accommodation. During your stay here you can enjoy unique and wonderful views looking out over the coffee fields.
The Colombian coffee is of course known worldwide and the farms are based in a beautiful area in Colombia. The coffee area is also known as MAM, named after the three places that produce the best coffee Medellin – Armenia – Manizales. Since the early 19th century, the coffee produced here and today the Colombian coffee is the best in the world. Los Nevados National Park is a stone’s throw distance from Manizales and Pereira offers many outdoor sports activities. Trekking from one day or overnight tours from Manizales are very easy to organize.
Along the roads of the coffee area you will come across beautiful buildings, coffee plantations, parks, golf courses and landscapes dotted with palm wax trees.
Manizales has an average temperature of 18°C. The average temperature is 21°C in Pereira and Armenia at 20°C.
Coffee Triangle is easily accessible from the airports of any of the three cities. El Eden Airport in Armenia, La Nubia Airport in Manizales, and Matecaña Airport in Pereira. There are also direct flights from Bogota, Cartagena and Medellin.
Things To Do
The Coffee Triangle is a real surprise, especially for its impressive landscape and coffee farms. There are so many beautiful places to visit and things to do. These are our favorites:
Visit the Valle de Cocora (Cocora Valley) for hills covered with wax palm (palma de cera) and a breathtaking views.
Stroll around Salento: enjoying Spanish colonial buildings in bright colors with beautiful hand crafts shops and hospitable people. Very good to combine with a visit to Valle de Cocora.
Parque Nacional del Café (National Coffee Park): For an interesting insight into the coffee production and beautiful landscapes with traditional houses.
Termales and Santa Rosa de Cabal: enjoy these hot springs at the foot of a waterfall.