Part 3: Colombia’s Coffee Region
In part 3 of this multi-part blog series, SouthAmerica.travel Clients Penelope and Raphael recount their experience exploring the various regions of Colombia on their SouthAmerica.travel Tour put together by Travel Expert, Jason Mayo. Read on for their adventures throughout Bogotá’s Coffee Region in Part 3 of their multi-part blog series.
Arriving in Pereira – Colombia’s Coffee Region
We headed to the Bogotá airport for a quick one hour flight to Pereira, located in the foothills of the Andes in the coffee producing region of Colombia. It was evening when we arrived, but it was clear our boutique Hotel Sazaqua was special. Tranquil, secluded, and beautifully tasteful with wood carvings and folk art, we were immediately overjoyed. Breakfasts begin with, again, the amazing fruit, like acid-free pineapple and colorful varieties of guava and passion fruit. The night before we had seen a couple escorted down to an outdoor covered room. We asked what they were doing and they said they had just had a fruit tasting – I really wished I’d crashed that tasting. While breakfasting on the patio looking out to the lush gardens, the staff had set up a bird feeding station. Colombia has over 1900 species of birds, almost 20% of the world’s total. We witnessed at least 20 brilliantly hued species flitting and fluttering, it was the perfect morning entertainment.
More about Colombia’s Coffee Region: Colombia Travel Guide
Tour to the Cocora Valley
Our excursion that day was to the remote Cocora Valley, deep in the heart of the coffee producing region. Our guide Cristian, ready with a quip for every occasion, also had a degree in botany – perfect for this jaunt. Along the way, we passed thousands of coffee trees and shrubs laden with yellow and red coffee berries. Also, Palma de Ceras dotted the horizon the official national tree, one of the tallest palms in the world. Interestingly the wax of the trunk was used to make candles in the 1800s. Because it is now endangered, that practice is outlawed. We actually planted a new Cera Palm as part of our tour to help with replenishing the species.
Lush and green as the emerald isle of Ireland, the velvety foliage is soul comforting. A hearty hike and a fresh trout lunch in the country and a stop at Salento, a small Andean town, with a perfectly brewed Cappuccino. Colombian coffee is considered to be well balanced and not over roasted (they consider Starbucks coffee to be burned). Back to our euphoria-producing hotel for one more evening and one more bird friendly breakfast.
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Stay Tuned For Penelope And Raphael’s Next Stop In Colombia…
Follow along on this multi-part series. Next stop is Bogotá’s flowery Medellin.