A High-End Exploration of Colombia’s Coffee Heart

The Coffee Triangle, or Eje Cafetero as it is known in Colombia, is a captivating and picturesque expanse located right in the heart of the country.

Renowned worldwide for producing some of the finest coffee beans, this area is a UNISCO World Heritage Site that offers visitors an authentic and mesmerizing experience amongst Colombia’s coffee culture.

The landscape of the Eje Cafetero is a verdant mosaic of rolling hills, and lush valleys with acres and acres of coffee haciendas stretching as far as the eye can see.

The fertile volcanic soil, combined with a unique microclimate, creates an ideal environment for producing coffee beans of the highest quality.

Treat yourself by staying in a luxurious coffee plantation hacienda, amidst the enchanting landscapes of Colombia’s coffee triangle.

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The captivating Eje Cafetero offers an array of exquisite destinations to explore for a luxury tour of the region.

Commence your journey in Salento, a colorful colonial town with charming facades and a gateway to the iconic Cocora Valley. Soaring wax palm trees, the tallest palm species in the world, create a surreal backdrop for nature enthusiasts.

Continue to Filandia, a tranquil escape with cobblestone streets and stunning viewpoints overlooking the coffee valleys.

Pereira and Armenia are both vibrant urban centers, offering a mix of modern comforts and cultural attractions, perfect for indulging in gourmet dining experiences and private coffee tastings.

For a more serene retreat, experience the natural wonders of Manizales, surrounded by cloud forests and thermal hot springs.

Uncover the historical charm of Buenavista and Chinchiná, where luxurious haciendas provide authentic coffee farm stays.

No luxury tour would be complete without exploring Los Nevados National Natural Park with its incredible snow-capped volcanoes, glacial lakes and páramos, offering an extraordinary connection to Colombia’s high-altitude ecosystems and unique wildlife.

The Eje Cafetero is also a paradise for nature enthusiasts, with its diverse ecosystems, cloud forests and protected national parks.

Travelers can venture along the Cocora Valley, home to the iconic wax palm trees, Colombia’s national tree and the tallest palm species in the world.

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COFFEE FINCA (FARMS) LODGINGS

Implant yourself in the heart of coffee country with opulent stays in haciendas and boutique hotels nestled within sprawling coffee plantations. These luxurious accommodations offer a unique opportunity to experience the intricacies of coffee cultivation while indulging in the serenity of the surrounding landscapes.

As the sun peeps over the emerald hills, the new day invites guests to start with exclusive coffee tastings and guided plantation tours. The refined elegance of these retreats, complemented by exceptional personalized service and gourmet dining, creates an atmosphere of calmness and luxury that is second to none.


LUXURY GLAMPING

Engage with the amazing beauty of nature while enjoying the comforts of luxury glamping amidst the coffee estates. Stay in lavish safari-style tents equipped with gorgeous amenities, allowing you to gently awake to the most beautiful birdsong and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.

These exclusive glamping experiences offer a blend of adventure and opulence, immersing you in the heart of creation while experiencing the Eje Cafetero coffee culture.


HACIENDA VENECIA

This fabulous hacienda has won numerous awards for its fabulous coffee production. Situated outside Manizales, they offer a tour in English that includes an illuminating demonstration of Colombian coffee, an introduction to coffee cupping, coffee preparation and a walking tour through the plantation.

Barista workshops are available for the more serious. Once you complete your tour you can use the pool and a delicious typical paisa (country) lunch is there to be enjoyed.

The plantation is centered around a well-preserved paisa farmhouse with majestic views that has been converted into a divine boutique hotel. The gardens are well kept and there is a pond with giant lily pads.

Should you wish to overnight, there are eight en suite rooms to choose from. The farmhouse is full of books, antiques and old photographs, while the wraparound veranda has hammocks and rocking chairs to relax and soak up the atmosphere. All accommodations include unlimited farm-fresh coffee and those staying in the hacienda or close by Coffee Lodge, are treated to a wonderful breakfast spread.

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Hacienda Guayabal

This laid-back working coffee farm near Chinchiná is a great place to come and unwind while surrounded by everything to do with coffee. They run an excellent tour that follows the coffee process from plant to cup and includes a tasting workshop to round off the experience.

The experience here is somewhat more personal than those offered by some of the larger fincas (farms) and the workers are keen to share their knowledge. Bags of the hacienda’s coffee are available to purchase as souvenirs.

Make sure you stay for lunch!  The traditional farm-style food here is absolutely delicious and vegetarians are well catered for. You can lounge around afterward to use the fabulous pool. There are also tremendous opportunities for bird watching on the property with more than one hundred sixty species identified, including three endemic ones.

If you want to stay longer than just a day visit, there are simple, functional accommodations that include breakfast in a more modern house set up on a hill, with magnificent views over the surrounding plantations. For complete privacy, book one of the fine cabañas that are built into the hillside and have private balconies with breathtaking panoramas. They are spacious, light-filled and particularly appealing, with large windows and attractive indoor and partially outdoor bathrooms.


PRIVATE HIKING AND NATURE TOURS

Join a private guided hike through the Eje Cafetero’s enchanting landscapes, venturing through lush cloud forests, cascading waterfalls and pristine national parks.

Led by expert Bnb Colombia Tours guides, these spectacular tours reveal the region’s diverse flora and fauna, including colorful hummingbirds, exotic orchids and rare wildlife species. These bespoke nature tours afford a deep connection to the incredible natural wonders of Colombia, providing travelers with a profound appreciation for the country’s ecological treasures.

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SANTA ROSA DE CABAL

This is the most charming pueblo of the Eje Cafetero. One of the most outstanding attractions of this area is the thermal springs, which make Santa Rosa such a unique and relaxing destination.

These springs are natural and hot and emerge from the bowels of the earth, enriched with minerals believed to have therapeutic properties. These warm, revitalizing waters offer visitors an incomparable refreshing experience. The thermals are located in a stunning natural setting, surrounded by lush vegetation, cascading down the mountainside that makes up the distinctive landscape of the Eje Cafetero.

The combination of the natural beauty of Santa Rosa de Cabal and its thermal baths has made the area one of the most popular tourist destinations in Colombia. Travelers arriving here can enjoy a variety of activities, both in the Eje Cafetero in general and in Santa Rosa in particular.

Santa Rosa de Cabal has in addition to the fabulous thermal springs, amazing hikes across incredible natural trails that will transport you to other impressive waterfalls and unbelievable panoramic viewpoints.

The termales (thermal springs) are a treasure in the Colombian Eje Cafetero. Offering a unique experience that combines complete relaxation through the natural thermal springs, with the exceptional natural and cultural beauty of the region. Whether immersing themselves in the revitalizing thermal waters or exploring the attractions of the Eje Cafetero, visitors will find in Santa Rosa de Cabal a destination that captivates the senses and spirit, leaving incredible memories forever.


BIRDWATCHING TOURS

Take part in a private bird-watching tour led by an expert Bnb Colombia Tours guide who will take you to the best vantage points for observing the rich bird diversity of the Eje Cafetero.
View a kaleidoscope of colorful birds, including hummingbirds, toucans, eagles and many endangered species including the blue-billed Curassow. These exclusive bird-watching experiences promise an extraordinary encounter with Colombia’s vibrant birdlife.

PRIVATE NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS

For photography enthusiasts, engage in a private tour led by a Bnb Colombia Tours professional nature photographer who will guide you to the most photogenic locations in the Eje Cafetero. Capture stunning shots of the region’s landscapes, wildlife and coffee fincas (farms), ensuring that you leave with treasured memories and phenomenal photographs.

ACTIVE ADVENTURE

The Eje Cafetero offers a range of activities to suit all types of travelers. From adrenalin-rushing zip-lining across the valleys to kayaking down fast-flowing rivers through the verdant mountainous terrain, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Moreover, the Eje Cafetero is known for its warm and welcoming people who proudly share their traditions and culture with visitors.

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HORSEBACK RIDING

Experience the Eje Cafetero’s pastoral beauty with leisurely horseback riding excursions through picturesque coffee fields and idyllic countryside. Led by experienced Bnb Colombia Tours guides, these horseback adventures offer a serene journey through the heart of the coffee country. Embrace the tranquillity of the landscapes, listen to the soothing sounds of nature and inhale the sweet bouquet of coffee blossoms as you meander through the breathtaking vistas.


GOURMET DINING

Excite your palate with exquisite Colombian cuisine from renowned chefs, elevating your dining experience to a symphony of flavors and textures. Savour farm-to-table gastronomy, where locally sourced ingredients fuse harmoniously with the rich coffee culture.

Each dish becomes an artistic masterpiece, paired thoughtfully with specialty wines that complement and enhance the culinary journey.


EXCLUSIVE COFFEE WORKSHOPS

Unleash your inner barista with exclusive coffee workshops, where you can learn the art of brewing, roasting and preparing coffee like a connoisseur.

Guided by skilled Bnb Colombia Tours coffee artisans, these hands-on workshops offer a unique opportunity to master the craft of coffee making, from bean selection to the intricacies of the brewing process.

Develop a deeper understanding of coffee’s cultural significance while refining your brewing techniques to create the perfect cup of coffee. 

WELLNESS RETREATS

Rejuvenate your body and soul in the lap of luxury with spa and wellness retreats amidst the verdant beauty of the Coffee Triangle. Lying within the tranquil embrace of nature, these exclusive retreats offer a respite from the tension of daily life.

Treat yourself to indulgent treatments inspired by the therapeutic properties of coffee beans or unwind in natural hot springs surrounded by truly stunning vistas. The therapeutic powers of coffee-infused therapies, combined with the region’s serene ambiance, create an experience of ultimate relaxation and renewal.

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Catedral de Manizales

Manizales’ Plaza de Bolívar’s south side is dominated by the strange but impressive Catedral de Manizales. Construction began in 1929 using somewhat unsightly reinforced concrete and is among the first churches of its kind in Latin America.

The main tower is an impressive 106m/348’ high, making it the tallest church tower in the entire country. There is a seemingly endless spiral staircase to the top for fantastic views of the city. The inside has an interesting history which is well explained on a guided tour, lasting for around an hour and a quarter.


Museo del Oro Quimbaya, Armenia

This is a most excellent museum that showcases the impressive work of indigenous pre-Columbian Quimbaya goldsmiths. In addition, fine ceramic artifacts and ceremonial items give a detailed vision of how this ancient civilization lived. The main Gold Museum is in Bogotá, but this smaller version is well worth a visit.

Guides give thorough explanations in English about the culture of the Quimbaya people.


Jardín Botánico del Quindío

Armenia has a terrific fifteen-hectare/thirty-seven-acre botanical garden that is home to the best mariposario (butterfly house) in the Eje Cafetero. The 680 sqm/7,320 sq feet butterfly house is shaped in the form of a giant butterfly and houses up to two thousand insects.

There is also a 22m/72’ tall lookout tower, plus ferns, orchids, a guadua (bamboo) forest and an extensive collection of palms. Admission includes the services of a guide – reserve in advance for a tour in English. The best time to visit is in the morning when the butterflies are most active and display amazing colors when in flight.


Parque Los Nevados

One of Colombia’s most awe-inspiring national parks, PNN Los Nevados, encompasses 583 sq km/225 sq m of rugged terrain in the heart of the Colombian Andes. Thanks to the greatly varying altitude range results in many different climates, from humid cloud forests and páramo (high-altitude mountain plains) to glaciers on the highest peaks.

The main peaks, from north to south, are El Ruiz (5321m/17,457’), El Cisne (4750m/15,584’), Santa Isabel (4965m/16,290’), El Quindío (4750m/15,584’) and El Tolima (5215m/17,110’).

The best months to see snow in Los Nevados are October and November and also from March to May. Outside of those months, you are more likely to get dry, windy conditions favorable for trekking and clear views. At times much of the northern section of the park around Nevado del Ruiz can be off-limits because of volcanic activity. Fortunately for nature lovers, the southern part of the park remains open and offers a variety of breathtaking day trips and multiday treks.

The main access points are from Cabaña La Cueva for Nevado de Santa Isabel; Potosí near Santa Rosa de Cabal and the Refugio La Pastora in the Parque Ucumarí, from where trails lead to the magnificent Laguna del Otún; and Valle de Cocora near Salento, where a path heads uphill to the páramo around Paramillo del Quindío (4750m/15.584’).

Acaime Natural Reserve. Acaime is a wonderful area for hiking. The terrain is amazing and the views to die for.

You can also see as many as fifteen different species of hummingbirds feeding from sugar-water dispensers displayed in the lush gardens of a finca. Acaime is around 7km/5 miles from the start of the Valle de Cocora.

Museo de Arte de Pereira (Pereira Art Museum) Arguably the best art museum in the region, this small museum showcases thought-provoking exhibits by Colombian and South American artists. Exhibitions are rotated three or four times per year.


Pueblo Filandia

Filandia is famous for its woven baskets, an art that can be traced years back to those once used by the original coffee pickers to collect the harvest. There is a museum run by a cooperative of local artisans providing an in-depth look at the traditions of the craft. You can learn about the raw materials used as well as the weaving process itself.

There are high-quality completed products available for sale. Should you wish to try your hand weaving, some workshops can be arranged with Bnb Colombia Tours. Filandia is one of the most attractive and scintillating pueblos in all of Colombia.

In Colombia’s Eje Cafetero, a breadth of luxury experiences awaits intrepid travelers. From glamping in the lush valleys amidst coffee plantations to exclusive birdwatching tours and private wildlife encounters, the region offers an unparalleled immersion into the rich mosaic of coffee culture and biodiversity.

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