Places to visit in Colombia: Eje Cafetero (Coffee Region) Part II

Visiting the Coffee Region is a unique experience that every Colombian tourist must have. Getting to know more about the coffee culture and its different flavors and aromas is undoubtedly very precious, especially for coffee lovers!

However, if you decide to visit this region you will get much more than a coffee culture, you will get the chance to enjoy different activities. Today I’ll show you the best five places to visit in the Coffee Region.

1. “Parque Nacional del Café” (National Coffee Park)

This park is a favorite for the little ones in the house. At the entrance you will see an amazing 22 meters high viewpoint that welcomes you to the theme park, from where you can take a look at the facilities and watch a great part of the Quindio department. It’s quite an awesome view.

You will also find attractions for all ages. One of them is the “broca”, which is one of the largest roller coasters in Latin America with a length of 1,050 meters. For the little ones there is an area of mechanical attractions and the lake of fables. You will also get the chance to ride at the cable car and find 25 more attractions for the entire family.

2. “Experiencia Combia Inspiración” (Combia inspiration experience)

“Combia” is the name of a coffee farm with over 125 years of history. Founded in 1887 by a pioneer of the colonization of Quindío, Mr. Manuel Sabogal, it continues to be a family coffee company owned by its descendants.

Today you can stay for the night at this beautiful and antique place full of history and surrounded by coffee plantations. The original architecture of the farm is fascinating, but probably it’s the landscape that surrounds what makes it so unique: To watch incredible coffee plantations until you lose your sight.

At this farm the tourists live the Combia inspiration experience, which is not just a tour of the coffee plantations. It’s about understanding what is behind a cup of coffee and how nature influences the final result. The route is concentrated on passing through different stations: the one of soil and origin, the water and life, the flora and fauna and the sun and the shade. It’s a must stop!

3. “Museo Arqueológico Quimbaya” (Quimbaya Archaeological Museum)

Located in the city of Armenia, the museum building was designed by the architect Rogelio Salmona. This beautiful place keeps in its interior an archaeological sample of the Quimbaya tribe that inhabited the area before the arrival of the Spaniards.

In addition, the museum has beautiful gardens that surround it, where you will find samples of typical plants, all in conjunction with the beautiful design of the building, awarded by the biennial architecture.

4. “Parque Nacional de la Cultura Agropecuaria (PANACA)” (National Agricultural Culture Park)

The park is located in the Municipality of Quimbaya (Quindío deparment). The fundamental characteristic of it, unlike many zoos, is that the visitor is immersed in a personal and direct contact with farm animals. There are also fun activities to enjoy including the animals’ shows!

5. “Los termales de Santa Rosa de Cabal” (Santa Rosa de Cabal Thermal Springs)

The story goes back to 1915 when Don Miguel Arbeláez discovered a source of thermal water right in his livestock farm. In 1939, following the advice of some friends, he built the first building of the Santa Rosa de Cabal Thermal Springs.

Surrounded by magnificent landscapes full of green tones and water sources, both cold in the form of waterfalls, and thermal, the Santa Rosa Thermal Springs is another must stop when you come to the Coffee Region. To bathe in its waters to 39ºC and to feel in your skin the cold drops of a soft rain at the same time is an unforgettable experience.

Remember that being able to speak Spanish could make this journey complete. So if you want to take a Spanish course Centro Catalina Spanish School could be your best choice in Colombia. Located in Cartagena and Medellín, two of the main cities of the country, the school offers a friendly atmosphere and the best team to give you support in the process of learning and getting in touch with the amazing Colombian culture. For more information, please visit www.centrocatalina.com