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The Colombia Coffee Tour

If you are a coffee lover, the Colombian Coffee Region is your dream destination. If you think you have tasted good coffee, you haven’t experienced anything until you try the coffee freshly picked and roasted in the coffee region! But you may be surprised at the wider appeal this region has to offer.

Arrive in the Coffee Region
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When we touched down in the coffee region, I didn’t really know what to expect. Part of me expected to be transported to an enormous coffee plantation where everyone was dedicated to the coffee process. But the ride into the hotel from the Pereira looked strangely familiar – there were a number of shops, restaurants and businesses just like any other city.  But as soon as you arrive at the Finca (a large plot of land, this one contained an old home converted into a hotel), you feel immersed in the local culture. We felt at home even though we were thousands of miles away.

Tasting Colombian Coffee
Colombia Coffee Tour

CoffeeThe first day began with an amazing treat – the best coffee I’ve ever tasted. We went to an unassuming coffee shop in Salento called “Jesus Martin”. Not only was the coffee shockingly tasty, they gave us a short lesson on what they called “arte latte”  the designs that you can find in lattes in certain coffee shops.

 

 

 

Hike in the Cocora Valley
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Andean valley and mountains. Cocora Valley-stockAfter buying as much coffee as we could fit in our luggage, we continued on to an even better surprise! I thought the best part of the trip would be the coffee plantations themselves, but I was wrong. The highlight for us was the Cocora Valley, which is an amazing area near Salento. Here you can find some of the tallest palm trees in the world scattered across majestic rolling hills. The moderate hike provided us with some of our favorite photo opportunities, and great views of the verdant mountains and local wildlife.

The Coffee Making Process
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The next day we were excited to gain someColombia-Coffee-Tour insight into the coffee process and we weren’t disappointed! We went to a great coffee plantation called Recuca that was very fun and interactive – perfect for someone who doesn’t know much about coffee production. We learned later that the best places for people who want a more in-depth look into coffee farming would be Hacienda San Alberto, Hacienda Don Manolo or Hacienda Guayabal.

That evening, we capped off our time spent in the coffee region with a cooking lesson at the Sazagua Hotel. I cannot recommend this highly enough! The hotel is the best place to stay in the coffee region and the cooking lesson was incredibly fun and the food was delicious. We really felt as if we were partaking in the culture and they made us feel so welcome.

Say Goodbye to the Coffee Region
Colombia Coffee Tour

Colombia-Coffee-TourWe left the coffee region with a bittersweet feeling. Sad we were leaving, but happy we had so much good coffee to bring home with us!

 

 

 

To book your Colombia Coffee Tour, contact us directly at 1-800-747-4540 or visit us online at www.SouthAmerica.travel

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Jason Mayo

My name is Jason Mayo and I am an American from Connecticut. I studied at Colgate University and received a degree in Philosophy. After college, I realized that I had spent most of my life in an environment where people had very similar experiences and ideology. I had travelled with my family to Europe once as well as to Canada and Jamaica with my friends in college, but I knew that I understood so little about the world and other cultures. I travelled on my own to Buenos Aires, Argentina without speaking a word of Spanish and it has been an incredible journey ever since. Travelling throughout South America has forever changed my life for the better. My favorite places in South America up to this point have been the Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires. I look forward to continuing on my journey throughout South America, and helping anyone who has a similar dream.
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