Coffee Region | 3 days / 2 nights

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The Coffee Triangle, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, boasts some of Colombia’s most breathtaking landscapes. In three days you get a varied view of this dramatic mountain landscape sewed with coffee plantations and that at an average daily temperature of 21ºC. You will stay at a traditional coffee hacienda where you will see coffee being made.

You will have the opportunity to visit Salento, a well- preserved colonial town with houses painted in bright colors. Besides Salento you will visit Cocora Valley, one of the highlights of the coffee triangle. This unique scenery is home to the tallest palm trees in the world, in a mountain landscape 2,000m above sea level.

This three-day trip is an efficient way to see the highlights of the coffee triangle. But there is much more to see. If you want to go to the hot springs of Santa Rosa de Cabal, visit volcano Nevado del Ruiz or go rafting in the surroundings of Finlandia, you can easily extend your stay with one or more nights.

Day 1 Coffee Hacienda

Arrive into Armenia on your national flight (not included), where you’ll be guided to an awaiting private vehicle taking you to your hotel where you will stay. You will stay at a traditional coffee hacienda with a pool. The coffee hacienda is located in the beautiful scenery of the coffee region surrounded by mountains and tropical trees.

Depending on your arrival time you can either relax the afternoon at the pool, take a walk in the surroundings or climb the nearby mountains for stunning views. At night you can eat typical dishes in the hotel’s courtyard restaurant with the sounds of nature in the background. We had bandeja paisa, a famous dish in this region.

Day 2 Salento and Cocora Valley

In the morning you'll be picked up and brought to the village of Salento. Salento is a colorful town which can be easily explored by foot. You will see colonial houses, tiny restaurants, squares, churches and shops selling handmade souvenirs. The atmosphere is very pleasant. On the main square you can relax on picturesque benches, next to traditional campesinos with cowboy hats and ponchos. We liked to drink a cup of Colombian coffee at Café Jesus Martín. Their coffee is one of the best we ever had in Colombia and their cappuccino-art is great for pictures.

Around lunchtime you go by transport to Valle de Cocora for a walk through the valley. This lush green valley is covered with the world's tallest palm trees, up to 60 meters high, often with their top in the clouds. This unique scenery can be found nowhere else in the world, making it a highlight of the coffee triangle. For lunch we had trucha, trout from the lake, in one of the local restaurants. In the afternoon you will be transported back to your hotel.

Day 3 Armenia

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport. If your flight is in the afternoon you can visit Parque Nacional del Cafe in the morning, a theme park around the coffee culture.

There are hiking trails through guadua forest (a typical kind of bamboo from this region) and there is a spectacular show you must see with dances from different parts of Colombia (scheduled only once a day!).

From the coffee triangle, you can continue your trip to Medellín or you can travel tot Cali with its fantastic salsa shows.

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