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Eje Cafetero: Incredible Landscapes, Picturesque Villages and Coffee

Eje Cafetero: Incredible Landscapes, Picturesque Villages and Coffee
Starts from

Manizales

Transportation

By Car

Guidance

Self-Guided

Attractions

35

Duration

4 Days

Length

385 km

Guide details

Starts from

Manizales

Transportation

By Car

Guidance

Self-Guided

Duration

4 Days

Length

385 km

Price

Nature AttractionsUnique LocationsGastronomy
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Aldana Chiodi
Aldana Chiodi
Travel Expert

Highlights

  • Be amazed by the world's tallest palm trees in the Cocora Valley.
  • Take lots of colorful photos in the picturesque towns of Filandia and Salento.
  • Learn about the coffee process on a coffee farm.
  • Relax in hot springs.
  • Taste local gastronomy.
Getting to know the coffee-growing region of Colombia (Eje Cafetero) is one of the best experiences in the country because it is a route with incredible landscapes (like seeing a valley of palm trees high in the mountains!), with very picturesque and colorful villages and, of course, with the aroma and flavor of Colombian coffee.
The Eje cafetero was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011, for its landscapes, colorful villages and culture. That's why it's a must-see on a trip to Colombia.
One of the nearest major cities is Manizales (also a beautiful city to visit) and from there you can start the round trip through the Eje cafetero, both to the south and to the north. The area to be visited in these four days is towards the south. The Eje cafetero covers three administrative departments: Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío.
On this 4-day itinerary through the Eje Cafetero you will be amazed by wonderful landscapes, walk through colorful villages, enjoy hot springs and hikes, taste local gastronomy and learn about the coffee process. Also, you will meet very cheerful, friendly and helpful people.
It's a trip where you won't stop wanting to take pictures!

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Getting to know the coffee-growing region of Colombia (Eje Cafetero) is one of the best experiences in the country because it is a route with incredible landscapes (like seeing a valley of palm trees high in the mountains!), with very picturesque and colorful villages and, of course, with the aroma and flavor of Colombian coffee.
The Eje cafetero was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2011, for its landscapes, colorful villages and culture. That's why it's a must-see on a trip to Colombia.
One of the nearest major cities is Manizales (also a beautiful city to visit) and from there you can start the round trip through the Eje cafetero, both to the south and to the north. The area to be visited in these four days is towards the south. The Eje cafetero covers three administrative departments: Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío.
On this 4-day itinerary through the Eje Cafetero you will be amazed by wonderful landscapes, walk through colorful villages, enjoy hot springs and hikes, taste local gastronomy and learn about the coffee process. Also, you will meet very cheerful, friendly and helpful people.
It's a trip where you won't stop wanting to take pictures!
Aldana Chiodi
Aldana Chiodi
Travel Expert
  • Be amazed by the world's tallest palm trees in the Cocora Valley.
  • Take lots of colorful photos in the picturesque towns of Filandia and Salento.
  • Learn about the coffee process on a coffee farm.
  • Relax in hot springs.
  • Taste local gastronomy.

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Travel Itinerary

Thermal Baths, Traditional Cuisine, Handicrafts and Viewpoints
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Day 1

126 km989 m

Thermal Baths, Traditional Cuisine, Handicrafts and Viewpoints

Start the first day of your route through this beautiful region of Colombia! The proposal is to spend the morning at the Santa Rosa hot springs, where you can go hiking among waterfalls to get to know the green and humid landscape of the area. Then, you will spend the afternoon in one of the most beautiful and colorful villages of the Eje Cafetero: Filandia. Not only will you be able to taste some of its gastronomy and its coffee, but also get to know its traditional handicrafts and enjoy its viewpoints overlooking the green hills. You'll end the day in Salento, the most famous village of the Eje Cafetero, where you'll spend the night to recharge your batteries. Remember that coffee in Colombia is also called tinto.
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Salento and the Cocora Valley
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Day 2

22 km2 km

Salento and the Cocora Valley

The second day of the route is here, where you will get to know one of the most iconic landscapes of the coffee-growing region: the Cocora Valley. A place with green hills, where the country's emblematic tree lives: the wax palm, which reaches 70 metres high and is considered one of the tallest palms in the world. This valley is located at the foot of the Los Nevados National Park. There, you can enjoy the viewpoints and go hiking. To end the day, the proposal is to visit the town of Salento, taste its gastronomy and spend the night there. Remember that for trekking in the Cocora Valley you will need comfortable clothes and shoes and some protection from the rain. Due to the climate, it is very common to have fog and some rainfall.
Coffee Villages and the Botanical Garden of Quindío
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Day 3

85 km2 km

Coffee Villages and the Botanical Garden of Quindío

The third day of the route has arrived! The proposal for this third day is to visit other towns in the Eje Cafetero, such as Pijao, Córdoba, and Circasia. Although they are not as touristy as Filandia and Salento, they are coffee-related towns, and it is worth walking through them, visiting their main squares, drinking coffee in their bars and enjoying their viewpoints. On the way, it is suggested to visit the Quindió Botanical Garden, where you can go hiking and visit one of the most famous butterfly farms in the country. It will also be another day to try the local gastronomy. Enjoy it!
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Coffee Farms: the Coffee Route
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Day 4

153 km1 km

Coffee Farms: the Coffee Route

The fourth and last day of the route through the Eje cafetero has arrived and a visit to a coffee farm is a must! That's why, instead of one, the proposal of the day is that you visit two farms. The first one, near the small and beautiful village of Bellavista. The second, on the way back to Manizales, near Barcelona. There you will learn about the coffee process, but also about its culture. At the end of the day, you will pass through Chinchiná where you can have your photo taken with the monument to the world's largest cup of coffee. And so ends a four-day trip full of incredible landscapes, friendly people, colorful villages, delicious food and lots of coffee aroma.

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