The Coffee Triangle
Colombia is known to produce some of the world’s best coffee – in a picturesque mountain region called the Zona Cafetera – meaning the Coffee Triangle. Encompassing the Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío regions, Zona Cafetera has embraced tourism and offers a wide range of authentic hotels or traditional farmsteads, from which travellers can tour the area’s emerald-green hilltops, fertile valleys and famous high-altitude coffee plantations. Visitors can spend time on the farms, learning about the coffee growing process, which is especially fun during the harvest seasons that run from April to May and October to December. Those looking for a laid-back local experience will enjoy the sleepy little backpacker town of Salento in the Quindío department, while nature lovers shouldn’t miss trekking in the breathtaking Valle de Cocora and visiting the Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados, one of Colombia’s most famous national parks.