Colombia Coffee Region

The Coffee Triangle

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Guide to Colombia's Coffee Region

The "Coffee Triangle" formed by the three departments of Quindio, Caldas and Risaralda is not only where most of Colombia's world-famous coffee is produced, but also one of the country's most beautiful destinations. As well as the chance to see some of Colombia's most interesting wildlife, the area's balmy climate makes it the perfect place to unwind and relax, while you sit back and enjoy the freshest coffee you'll ever taste...

Coffee Region Tours & Holidays

  • Colombia Highlights

    • Length: 14 days
    • From: £1850pp
    • Highlights: Bogota, Cartagena, Coffee Region, Medellin

    This two week tour includes some of the real highlights of Colombia: Tours of Bogota and Cartagena, a trip into the Coffee Region and a visit to the stylish and under-rated city of Medellin...

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  • Gran Colombia

    • Length: 18 days
    • From: £2650pp
    • Highlights: Cartagena, Rosario Islands, San Agustin, Villa de Leyva

    Our most full-featured 2020/21 Colombia holidays allow you to explore everything from the prehistoric wonders of San Agustin and colonial Colombia to the Caribbean paradise of the Rosario Islands ...

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  • Two Lost Cities

    • Length: 21 days
    • From: £2895pp
    • Highlights: Ciudad Perdida, Cusco, Machu Picchu

    This fantastic 3-week holiday has you trekking to two of South America's most fantastic sights: the lost city of Ciudad Perdida in Colombia, and its Peruvian twin, Machu Picchu...

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Colombia's Coffee Triangle Map

Located to the west of Bogota, in the foothills of the Cordillera Central, the elevation and climate mean that some of the world's best coffee is produced here, and many people choose to spend at least part of their holidays in Colombia relaxing at one of the traditional haciendas at the heart of the region's coffee plantations. Many of them operate in a similar way to the vineyards of Argentina or Italy, welcoming visitors with beautifully-furnished rooms to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the perfect peace and tranquility.

These haciendas also make perfect bases for exploring the further-flung reaches of the Coffee Triangle, such as the beautiful Cocora Valley which lies between the towns of Pereira and Armenia. Part of the Los Nevados National Park, the Cocora valley is the best place to see Colombia's national tree, the slender and tall Quindio Wax Palm. Growing as tall as 60m high, the tree provides a habitat for the endangered native Yellow-Eared Parrot and is itself a protected species.

Cocora Valley, Colombia

Wildlife in the Coffee Region

As well as the Yellow-Eared Parrot, the coffee region is one of the best places to see some of Colombia's other most reclusive species. Other birds include the black-billed mountain toucan and several endemic species of hummingbirds, while soaring high above them all, you can also hope to see the giant Andean condors which are one of South America's most iconic species.

A little closer to earth, the more isolated areas of the Coffee Triangle are home to pumas and spectacled bears, while you can also hope to see rarities like sloths and the woolly mountain tapir.

Transport: Getting to and from the Coffee Triangle

Although geographically close to Bogota, the roads linking the capital to the Coffee Region make things slow going - you're looking at around a 10-12 hour drive to go overland. With pretty cheap flights available to the main towns of Armenia, Manizales and Pereira, this is definitely the best way to get from Bogota to the Coffee Region.

However, from cities like Cali, Medellin or even Popayan, overland travel can make more sense, with much more reasonable transfer times, and it does mean you get to enjoy rather more of the Coffee Triangle's beautiful scenery...

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