Historic haciendas and the tallest palms in the world
The coffee region in Colombia is rich in fertile valleys and endless coffee plantations. The traditional wooden haciendas with brightly coloured balconies are very characteristic for the beautiful green landscape of this region. In 2011, this region with its world-famous coffee culture was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list.
“ Coffee is the drink of love, loss, happiness, sadness, friendship and loneliness. ”
El Triangulo del Café, or the coffee triangle, is formed by 3 provinces; Caldas, Risaralda and Quindio. The varied climate, which is between 8 and 24°C, the cloud forests of the Andes and the geographical characteristics are ideal for growing coffee.
The capital of Caldas is Manizales. Manizales is about a 4-hour drive from Cali and typical for the city are the steep streets, a reflection of the rough landscape of the city's surroundings. Manizales, with a beautiful view over the top of the volcano Nevado del Ruiz, is known for being a rich cultural city life with many museums and monuments.
Pereira, the capital of Risaralda is located between Armenia and Manizales and was founded on August 30, 1863. Despite the colonisation, the communities here have managed to preserve their culture well. With the coffee culture and entrepreneurship at heart, you will be warmly welcomed and told passionately about the coffee from the region. In addition to coffee, there are also banana plantations and in the valley people earn their money with bamboo and sugar cane.
Armenia is the capital of the Quindío department and is about a 3-hour drive from Cali. This city was founded on 14 October 1889. The coffee culture is also an important part of daily life here. You can also see here how the traditional jewellery of the indigenous Quimbaya people are made. The surroundings of Armenia are beautiful; wonderful landscape with plenty of coffee and banana plantations.
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