The Colombian coffee production, mostly Arabica (over 70%) supports more than 500 000 families of small producers. And with 14.2 million bags of green coffee of 60 kg in 2015 - this is the official way to quantify the domestic production - production is up to 17% compared to 2014. Its reputation is well known worldwide : the "Café de Colombia" is also protected by a geographical indication since 2007. Coffee is everywhere, even in the street where you can order a "tinto". But be careful the server may pour too much sugar without asking you !
The three cities of the coffee triangle
Most of the coffee trees grow in altitude, between 1200 and 1800 m in this famous area of the Eje cafetero (the coffee triangle). It was settled in the mid-nineteenth century by the inhabitants of the neighboring department of Antioquia. It is an extremely fertile land wedged between the cities of Manizales (perched at 2150 m of altitude, providing a breathtaking overview of the surrounding mountains (Los Nevados National Park) and most significantly the Nevado del Ruiz, Pereira (1410 m) and Armenia (1480 m).
It is a destination for rural tourism, to explore remote fincas with traditional "paisa" architecture. In the local villages, the peasants often travel by Willys Jeeps (the famous "Yipao", parading in the streets of Calarca each June) and the hiking trails are never far away.
The Eje Cafetero is characterized by its various nature reserves. Including the Otún Quimbaya biodiviersity sanctuary (490 hectares), which will delight birdwatchers. A stopover in this reserve is often the highlight of our tours!
As our name suggests, we believe a hike in the Cocora Valley is compulsory ! It is the home of the last surviving wax palm trees that are Colombia's national emblem. They can grow up to 60m high!
After a day of prolonged efforts, sit back, relax and enjoy a nice juicy trout, the local specialty of the charming village of Salento!
The combination of mild temperatures, lush green valleys, and impressive snow-capped peaks creates the perfect destination for curious travelers.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither should this trip ! It is a great place to spend a few days or more exploring some of the most unique landscapes on the planet.