Colombian Coffee Axis is one of the most visited tourist areas of Colombia and certainly a must if you are visiting Colombia, the coffee country par excellence. Colombia is the second largest producer of coffee in the world after Brazil. Thanks to an aggressive marketing strategy of the Colombian National Coffee Growers Federation has succeeded in positioning the Colombian coffee as the best coffee in the world.
The Coffee Industry it’s a very important activity in the development of the Colombian economy and in the well-being of its inhabitants, almost 600,000 families live on this crop in Colombia. The centennial coffee tradition has become one of the symbols of the country.
The Colombian Coffee is so important that in 2011 UNESCO declared the Cultural Landscape Cafetero Patrimony of Humanity. Are you planning to visit Colombia? Do you want to discover the secrets of the best coffee in the world? If so, don’t miss this post and discover the Colombian Coffee Axis.
The Colombian Coffee Axis
Where to find the Colombian Coffee Axis or Coffee Triangle?
Boasting a fabulous location, in the central western region of the Colombian Andes, the Coffee Eje, also known as Coffee Triangle because, it occupies part of the departments of Valle del Cauca, Antioquía and Tolima. It’s made up mainly of three departments: Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío, whose capitals are respectively Manizales, Pereira and Armenia.
These three cities are the major centres of the coffee axis; they represent the gateways to the main tourist attractions in the area, thanks to its airports and large transport terminals. If you want to reach the coffee axis, you will have to pass through at least one of them.
Practical information: How to get there and how to get around the Colombian Coffee Axis
The access points to the Colombian coffee triangle are the cities of Armenia, Pereira and Manizales with their airports and transportation terminals. From the latter, the Colombian buses will take you to almost any place. It’s the good thing about transportation in Colombia: there is always a bus that is “about to leave”.
Tourism in the Colombian Coffee Axis: Activities, Landscapes, Routes, Plans and Experiences
In the coffee area, you can find coffee plantations, museums, natural parks and amusement parks or places to practice adventure sports (climbing, rafting, canopy, and kayak). The latter, as well as horseback riding, can be performed in many parts of the area. It’s not necessary to hire an all-inclusive trip, neither a package nor a tour, it is possible to move on your own knowing the different tourist plans and routes that the area offers. In short, travelling the Colombian Coffee Axis is easy if you know what to do.
How to organise a route to the places to visit in the Colombian Coffee Axis
If you want to organise your own route or tour through the Colombian Coffee Axis by yourself, you need to have to know how many days you can spend in the area, what your interests are and which will be your entry point. We have selected 3 routes; you choose which one suits better your travel needs.
Quindío is probably the most touristic region of the coffee-growing area, where you will find the greatest number of attractions and coffee plantations.
Hacienda Combia: A few kilometres from the centre of Calarcá, near Armenia, is located the Hacienda Combia, a coffee hacienda with more than 125 years of history. Founded in 1887 by a pioneer of the colonisation of Quindío, Don Manuel Sabogal, it is still a family coffee company owned by its descendants. Today it’s possible to spend a night in this place full of history and surrounded by coffee plantations.
The Combia Inspiration experience, for us probably the best experience in the Colombian coffee zone. It’s not a simple tour of the coffee plantations and a coffee tasting, but a true journey through the senses to understand what is behind a delicious cup of Colombian coffee.
Hacienda San Jose: One of the oldest in the area (dating back to 1888) and probably the best in the Colombian Coffee Axis. It’s not a coffee plantation itself (it does not have coffee plantations) but it has an agreement with another Hacienda (San Alberto) to carry out if you will, a tour of the interactive coffee process.
Finca Hotel El Bosque del Samán: Milking a cow, sliding on a zip line over coffee plantations, taking a tour of the plantations and learning more about the coffee process. On Finca Hotel El Bosque you can enjoy fabulous activities during your trip.