5 Days in the Coffee Region of Colombia: The Ultimate Guide

5 Days in the Coffee Region of Colombia: The Ultimate Guide

Colombia’s Coffee Axis, known as the “Eje Cafetero,” is a stunning region that offers a blend of rich coffee culture, breathtaking landscapes, and vibrant local communities. Spanning the departments of Caldas, Quindío, and Risaralda, this area is not only the heart of Colombia’s coffee production but also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Whether you’re a coffee enthusiast, a nature lover, or a traveler seeking authentic cultural experiences, spending 5 days in the Colombian coffee axis will leave you with unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for this unique part of the world.

This was the highlight of our trip a year ago, and we can definitely recommend spending at least 5 days exploring this region. Hence, we have created this guide for you.

Why Visit Colombia?

Colombia is a country of contrasts and surprises, where modern cities coexist with lush rainforests and pristine beaches. Known for its vibrant culture, friendly people, and diverse ecosystems, Colombia offers travelers an array of experiences. The Coffee Axis, in particular, stands out as a must-visit destination. Here, you can explore picturesque towns, engage with local coffee farmers, and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the Andes. Beyond coffee, Colombia’s rich history, colorful festivals, and delicious cuisine make it an ideal destination for a diverse and enriching travel experience.

About Bogota

Sitting at an elevation of 2,600 meters above sea level, Bogota is a city that offers a unique blend of lush rainforests and bustling urban life. With three days at your disposal, you can immerse yourself in the charm and culture of this captivating city. From savoring traditional Colombian delicacies like Changua to exploring iconic attractions such as Monserrate, the Candelaria district, the Gold Museum, and even taking a day tour to Zipaquira, there’s something to pique everyone’s interest. This comprehensive guide will ensure you experience the very best of Bogota. 

Medellin is also a great destination in Colombia, due to its culture, history, and attractions and we have a guide to help you enjoy the best of Medellin.

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Getting Around Bogota:

Navigating Bogota can be a challenge due to its vast size and spread-out attractions. For tourists, using ride-sharing apps like Uber and Cabify is a safe and affordable way to get around.

Taking a private tour to visit Monserrate and the Botero and Gold Museums is another great option.




Top Activities in the Colombian Coffee Axis

The Colombian Coffee Axis is brimming with activities that cater to various interests. Key highlights include:

  1. Coffee Tours: Engage in immersive tours that take you through the coffee-making process from bean to cup.
  2. Nature Hikes: Trek through lush landscapes, including the iconic Cocora Valley with its towering wax palms.
  3. Cultural Exploration: Visit charming towns like Filandia and Salento, where colonial architecture and vibrant markets offer a glimpse into local life.
  4. Relaxation: Unwind in natural hot springs like the San Vicente hot springs, perfect for a day of relaxation after exploring.

Things to Do Each Day

Day 1: Filandia and Recua Coffee Tour

Filandia, situated in the heart of the Quindío Department, is surrounded by vibrant green farmland, dense forests, and hazy purple mountains.

5 Days in the Coffee Region of Colombia The Ultimate Guide

Start your adventure with a visit to the Mirador Colina Iluminada, a unique lookout point offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

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☕️ Recua Cafe Tour was an incredible experience! Our guide was beyond amazing – so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about coffee! 🌱💕

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We loved learning about coffee, distinguishing the fragrances and aromas, and learning how to use all senses in the process! The tour was hands-on, and informative, and we left with a newfound appreciation for the world of coffee!

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Day 2: Salento and Cocora Valley

Start by taking in the beautiful town of Salento, with its colorful facades, and charming ambiance. We loved having some traditional merengon in one of the small cafes in the main square.

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Hike through the magical Valle del Cocora, part of Colombia’s Coffee Triangle famous for its towering wax palm trees.

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Begin your day by meeting your guide and making your way to the entrance of the valley. Trek beneath the trunks of the national tree of Colombia, the Quindio wax palm, and capture breathtaking photos at various viewing points. If you’re lucky, you might witness the mists enveloping the valley, creating an ethereal atmosphere.

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You can go ahead and book the tour here.


Day 3: Pereira and Hacienda Venecia

Founded in 1863, Pereira is the capital of Risaralda and the economic powerhouse of the Zona Cafetera – a hot commercial center most noted for its throbbing nightlife.

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Explore Pereira and visit the iconic Hacienda Venecia. We had an incredible tour of the hacienda where the beloved TV series “Café con Aroma de Mujer” was filmed.

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Walking through the breathtaking landscapes of Manizales in the coffee region, we delved deep into the heart of Colombia’s coffee paradise.

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Day 4: Shopping and Relaxation in Pereira

Pereira, while not a typical tourist destination, offers a dynamic urban experience with vibrant nightlife and excellent dining options. It’s also a great place for shopping. Spend the day exploring the city’s markets and shops. If you’re considering a longer stay, Pereira is ideal for a relaxing city break, offering all the amenities of a modern city with a laid-back vibe.



Day 5: San Vicente Hot Springs

End your trip with a relaxing visit to the San Vicente hot springs from Pereira. These natural thermal baths are perfect for unwinding and reflecting on your adventures in the Coffee Axis. The therapeutic waters and tranquil setting provide the perfect finale to your Colombian journey.


Food to Try:

While in the coffee region, savor traditional Colombian dishes such as the tasty ajiaco, soft almojabanas, de quintessential bandeja paisa and our latest discovery: ceviche de chicharron, and don’t forget to sample Colombian street food like empanadas cooked on charcoal grills.

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Where to Stay:

When embarking on a journey to the coffee region in Colombia, we recommend staying in Pereira, and from there starting your day trips.

Top 3 Hotels in Pereira

  1. Movich Hotel de Pereira  This luxurious hotel offers modern amenities, a spa, and an outdoor pool. It’s perfect for both business and leisure travelers seeking comfort and convenience. Reserve at Movich Hotel de Pereira now. 
  2. Sonesta Hotel Pereira – Featuring a contemporary design, this hotel boasts spacious rooms, a beautiful garden, and an on-site restaurant, ideal for a relaxing stay. Reserve at Sonesta Hotel Pereira now.
  3. Hotel Soratama – Located in the heart of Pereira, this hotel offers comfortable accommodations with panoramic city views, a rooftop pool, and excellent service. Reserve at Hotel Soratama now.

Top 3 Hotels in Salento

  1. Hotel Salento Real Eje Cafetero – A charming hotel offering rustic decor, a beautiful courtyard, and close proximity to Salento’s main attractions. Reserve at Hotel Salento Real Eje Cafetero now.
  2. Hotel Terasu Salento – This eco-friendly hotel features modern amenities, comfortable rooms, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Reserve at Hotel Terasu Salento now.
  3. Hotel El Mirador del Cocora – Overlooking the Cocora Valley, this hotel offers breathtaking views, cozy accommodations, and a serene environment. Reserve at Hotel El Mirador del Cocora now.

Top 3 Hotels in Filandia

  1. Bremen Coffee Hostel – Located in a traditional house, this hostel provides a cozy atmosphere, beautiful garden, and excellent coffee right at your doorstep. Reserve at Bremen Coffee Hostel now.
  2. Hostal Campestre El Santuario – This eco-friendly hostel offers rustic accommodations, a peaceful setting, and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Reserve at Hostal Campestre El Santuario now.
  3. Casa du Velo – A charming guesthouse with a welcoming atmosphere, comfortable rooms, and a delightful garden area. Reserve at Casa du Velo now.






Five days in the Colombian coffee axis will immerse you in the heart of one of the world’s most renowned coffee regions, will allow you to take in all the small details and picturesque scenes in this charming region. From the lovely towns and lush landscapes to the rich coffee culture and friendly locals, this journey offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. Whether you’re savoring a fresh cup of coffee, hiking through the breathtaking valleys, or soaking in hot springs, the experiences you gain here will stay with you long after you’ve left.

We love this region of Colombia and we are sure you will enjoy it too.

Packing list

To fully enjoy your stay, here are some items to have for most places you visit in the itinerary.

  • Sunglasses, sunblock, and a hat; remember that the equatorial sun is intense since you will be outdoors for long periods.
  • Warm or wool clothes, because it can get cold, especially at night if it is rainy season. Dress in layers, the day may be sunny and then turn a bit chilly later in the afternoon.
  • Bringing a reusable water bottle can help nature and the environment while you stay hydrated.

Dress in layers as you will quickly get warm during the walks and when the sun is out, and remember that the weather can be pretty unpredictable. The temperature drops somewhat when the clouds block the sun.


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5 Days in the Coffee Region of Colombia: The Ultimate Guide

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