Quindío, Tourist Heart of the Coffee Region
Lying in the Central mountain range, among overflowing coffee plantations, is the department of Quindio, one of the smallest in Colombia, whose reduced extension is totally opposed to the endless list of natural resources and tourist attractions that motivate its frequent visit. Moreover, the region has a series of advantages to make your trip more pleasant; among other things, by the proximity between the destinations and the good and diverse alternatives to reach them.
The Department of Quindio is part of the Colombian territory inscribed as heritage by UNESCO, as Coffee Cultural Landscape
On the side of well-maintained roads appear the details that represent the importance and beauty of Quindio. The uniform mountains, the coffee farms, the theme parks, the adventure scenarios, the springs that feed rivers and streams. Valleys of infinite greenery such as Maravelez and Cocora; the latter, pierced by wax palms that touch the sky and point the way to Los Nevados National Natural Park.
Quindio is a region with nice houses that recall the Antioquian colonization and the traveling aroma of a cup of coffee.
Armenia, Miracle City
On the fertile lands of Quindio, there was a race of exceptional men: the Quimbayas, who have been acknowledged as the best goldsmiths of the American continent. During the XVI and XVII centuries, the Quimbayas were totally exterminated. Consequently, the territory that nowadays occupies the department of Quindio was totally depopulated, (there were only small groups of people living in tambos on the side of the historic Camino del Quindio, including those belonging to the prison that was responsible for its maintenance) and for this reason became again a thick forest, with an abundance of bamboo trees, which only began to be populated in the middle of the 19th century, with the foundation of its first city, the Villa de Nueva Salento in 1865, initially named Boquia.
In the middle of the 19th century, the colonizing movement arrived from Antioquia, Cauca, and the Cundiboyacense highlands.
Armenia was founded on October 14, 1889 by Jesus Maria Ocampo, called “Tigrero”, Alejandro, Jesus Maria Suárez, and 27 other settlers.
Originally, the city was thought to be named “Villa Holguin” as a tribute to the President of the Republic at the moment, Carlos Holguin Mallarino . But the news of the massacre by the Turks in a region of Bessarabia called Armenia, and the existence of a farm with this name, in what is today the 19 roadway with 30 street, made the founders prefer this name.
The official currency is the colombian peso (COP). Currency exchange is available at official offices of the airports in Colombia. ATMs can be easily found at the airport, hotels or shopping malls near the Venue. You may also use your credit card at the hotels, restaurants and shopping malls.
Temperatures range between 17°C (63° F) and 28 °C (83°F).
Touristic Places In Quindio
Panaca . National Park of Agricultural Culture.
First agricultural theme park in the world and the largest in Latin America. It offers a unique experience full of fun and interaction with the countryside, where you can watch the most amazing shows, the most impressive theme stations and the largest collection of domestic zoology in the world. You can experience unparalleled experiences between animals, nature, and man.
National Coffee Park.
Non-profit entity, created on February 24,1995 by the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia and the Departmental Committee of Coffee Growers of Quindio. Its objective is to show, in a natural, fun and safe context, the development that coffee generates in our country and in this way, pay tribute to the strength of coffee growers in Colombia. Located in the central coffee zone of Colombia, in the midwest of the country, 20 minutes from the city of Armenia, capital of the department of Quindio, and 5 minutes from the municipality of Montenegro.
Fun and entertainment throughout the coffee culture, announcing the importance of coffee, and the coffee industry in the economic development of the country, in a natural environment, with innovative, reliable, and safe cultural and mechanical attractions. It is an entity committed to the preservation of the environment, the welfare of its employees, and the community
Recuca , tour of the coffee culture.
Their activities are carried out in a coffee farm, designed and adequated with trails, constructions, and parking. Its objective is fun to the mountaineer. It is possible to laugh out loud, while the most daring people will be able to be chaperones and gatherers, dancing like peasants, while the history of coffee is revived.
Botanical Garden and Butterfly House of Quindio.
The Botanical Garden of Quindio is a non-governmental organization, created in 1979 as a non-profit foundation, under the leadership of Alberto Gomez Mejia, with the participation of members of the Oikos Organization, the University of Quindio, and the Gardening Club of Armenia. It is structured with three main objectives: ecological conservation, scientific research, and environmental education. It is also a recognized center of nature tourism, in which they strive to preserve the beauty of different landscapes. As a botanical garden, it has several collections and exhibitions of plants together with a National Collection of Palms, which groups almost all the native Colombian species of this family; thus it has had a remarkable international recognition. It also houses a beautiful and famous butterfly garden, an insect zoo, three sites for bird watching, a museum of geology and soils, the Tunnel of the Line Museum, an ethnobotanical museum of palms, and many other natural attractions.
Los Arrieros Park
Los Arrieros Park is a place that offers tourist services for recreation, amusement, and learning around the culture of the archery, through artistic, cultural and entertainment areas that make up a range of options for visitors to enjoy a wonderful experience in its facilities.
Cultural Center and Quimbaya Museum.
It stands in a building that is the work of the architect Rogelio Salmona, rewarded with the National Architecture Award, which exhibits one of the best samples of goldsmiths and pre-Columbian ceramics, which makes it an excellent environment for any event with up to 300 attendees.