The Colombian Coffee Triangle

Have you ever wondered where does the “best coffee in the world” come from?

One answer may be from the so-called “Colombian coffee triangle”, a region that produces what many consider to be the top coffee selection worldwide.

The cities Pereira, Armenia, and Manizales are a paradise to coffee aficionados who would enjoy discovering a bit more about the origin of their favorite beans.

Let’s take a closer look at the history and culture of these intriguing coffee destinations.

Freshly brewed coffee in a cup/ Photo by Pixabay


Pereira is the biggest city in the Colombian triangle and a powerful commercial point in this region.

It is the capital of the Risaralda department whose dynamic urban life has a lot to offer to both businessmen and tourists.

In Pereira, you can join the charming tours around the coffee farms, explore nature in the National Nature Park of Los Nevados or admire the hot springs of San Vicente and Santa Rosa de Cabal.

When night falls, get into the bustling nightlife of Pereira by visiting the main street that is full of bars, clubs, and international restaurants.

Santa Rosa de Cabal/ Photo by Pexel


Manizales is the capital of the Caldas department which is embraced by captivating mountainous landscapes.

It is a mid-sized town with a dominant colonial influence in contrast to the other cities in this triangle.

Visitors describe Manizales as the perfect getaway destination from the mundane urban atmosphere as it nourishes a rich yet meditative coffee culture admired by tourists around the world.

Also, it is a place of natural and cultural attractions such as thermal baths and the International Theatre Festival.

City of Manizales/ Photo by Pexels


Armenia is the capital of the Quindio Department and a representative of a slower, more relaxed city life in the Colombian Coffee Triangle.

In this city, you will find a wide variety of cultural sites such as a museum that presents the valuable work of the indigenous Quimbaya goldsmiths or ancient botanical gardens.

If you participate in some of the coffee tours offered, you will get the chance to explore coffee farms and witness the process of coffee cultivation.

We recommend Armenia either as a day trip or a charming weekend getaway.

Coffee plantation in Colombia/ Photo by Pixabay

Salento and the Valle de Cocora

When in Armenia, make sure not to miss a visit to the small-town gem of Salento.

Located at just a 45-minute bus ride from Armenia, Salento will lure you down its main street, known as “Calle Real”, lined with shops that display local handicrafts and coffee products.

When you reach the end of the street, climb the stairs until you reach the point that offers a panoramic view over this delightful town.

The main attraction in Salento is the Valle de Cocora, so make sure you add it to your travel plan. This magical place is nestled in the green mountains above the town, reachable either by a local Jeep or a horse included in many of the tours in Salento.

Explore the marvelous nature full of palm trees or spend the night camping in the valley to get a full experience.

Valle de Cocora/ Photo by Pixabay

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