coffee triangle

Deservedly declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Colombia’s Coffee Triangle is a naturally stunning region of grassy hills and the world’s tallest palm trees.

With a proud rural culture, it provides insight into what makes Colombia the 3rd largest producer of coffee in the world. Despite only covering about 1% of the country’s landmass, the Coffee Triangle produces about 75% of Colombian coffee. With around 2.4 million of Colombians relying on coffee as a source of income, this gorgeous region is of huge importance to the country’s people. Resting on the western slopes of the Andes with dense rainforests and lush valleys of fertile farmland, it’s as dynamic a region as any in South America.

things to do

  • Located in the town of Salento, El Ocaso (the sunset) coffee farm provides tours that exhibit the intricate techniques used every day in coffee farming.
  • The majestic valleys in Bosques de Cocora (Forests of Cocora) are perfect for hiking, offering spectacular views of the countryside below.
  • One of the world’s last tropical glaciers, Nevado Santa Isabel is a challenging hike, with a massive drop in temperatures as you reach an altitude of nearly 5,000m.
  • Founded in 1850, Salento is one of the oldest and prettiest towns in Quindío. Perfect for a leisurely stroll, its streets are lined with traditional craft shops.
  • The Rio Blanco Reserve is a stunning area of untouched rainforest home to 362 bird species, including the rusty-faced parrot and grey-breasted mountain toucan.

best time to visit

December - March

As with most of Colombia, this is when the weather is at its sunniest and driest, although the high altitude of the Coffee Triangle means rain is always a possibility.

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