If you decide to know the Quindío and have a better idea of which are the best tourist sites to visit, you arrived at the ideal place; Indicate that 11 places are not to be missed only encourage you to at least visit these 11 tourist sites since the list can be much longer due to the great variety of tourism in the region, but we have chosen these 11 sites that will make your visit a unforgetable experience.
Quindío has become one of the main tourist destinations for Colombians and foreigners who visit this beautiful region, due to the friendliness of its population, its beautiful landscapes and its great tourist variety, for that reason we present you the sites that you should not Stop visiting when you get to this beautiful coffee region.
1. The National Coffee Park
“The National Coffee Park is a Colombian theme park located in the municipality of Montenegro in Quindío, Colombia. It has a cable car, an attraction of colorful animatronic orchids, a world coffee garden, a roller coaster, coffee-based food stalls, Colombian folk architecture, and other attractions.” Source: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parque_Nacional_del_Cafe.
It has the following attractions:
Kráter (New attraction) A new and impressive roller coaster, with turns of 360 and 180 degrees, with falls of more than 90 degrees, Train of the Fables, Mini Chocones, Boat Chocones, Carousel, Karts, Cyclone, Rapids, Octopus, Mountain Russian.
Hanging Bridge, San Jerónimo Chapel, San Jerónimo Chapel, Walkers and Preschoolers Area, Torre Mirador, Coffee Trail, Bolivar Square, Horseback Ride, Interactive Coffee Museum, Harvest Monument.
The Secret of Nature (It is a new attraction, created with the magic of a fable composed of 24 animatronics and animated projections on holographic screens, where Colombian flora and fauna are involved, carrying a message of protection to the environment), Coffee Show (In a tour of the history of the grain and its cultural traditions, 22 artists are responsible for presenting visitors to our producing regions, our land, our Colombia, through a show of light and color accompanied by dance, juggling and music).
2. The Cocora Valley
The Cocora Valley is a natural landscape located in a mountainous valley of the Central Cordillera of the Colombian Andes, specifically in the department of Quindío, being part of the natural National Park Los Nevados. It is the main home of the national tree of Colombia, the Quindío wax palm (Ceroxylon quindiuense), as well as a great variety of flora and fauna, much of it in danger of extinction, protected under the status of a natural national park. The valley, as well as the nearby town of Salento, are among the main tourist destinations in Colombia. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valle_de_Cocora. Source: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valle_de_Cocora.
The PANACA Park is the largest Agricultural Theme Park in Latin America full of fun and interaction with the countryside, where you can find 5 spectacular shows, 10 incredible Theme Stations and the largest collection of domestic zoology in the world, conformed by 4,500 animals with which you can interact and live an unequaled adventure.
PANACA is an interactive bridge between the city and the countryside, where through interactivity, learning and fun with purpose we make it clear to our visitors that Sin campo is no city. Source: https://www.youtube.com/user/ParquePanaca/about.
Web site: www.panaca.com.co
Salento is a Colombian municipality in the department of Quindío. Called the father of Quindío because it is the oldest municipality in this department, it is known as the “Cuna del Árbol” National Park. It has a great variety of tourist attractions, including the Cocora Valley where you can find a Landscape full of nature and ecological walks and enjoy the beautiful scenery of this locality. According to an agreement of the Honorable Municipal Council, January 5, 1842 was celebrated as a date of foundation. Each year the traditional celebrations are celebrated anniversaries of its foundation between the two and the twelve of January. The average temperature is 18 degrees centigrade and has an approximate population in the urban area of 3000 inhabitants and in the rural area of 5500 inhabitants.
It is distinguished by the architecture of its square, and its old houses in bahareque and in mud walls, by the kindness and kindness of its inhabitants, by its beautiful landscapes and by its excellent climate.
Recuca is located on the farm La Chapolera, sidewalk Callelarga, corregimiento of Barcelona, jurisdiction of Calarcá.
Entering a thick coffee plantation full of green and panorama, await a series of stations that reveal how the coffee crop spread for our country, while harvesting its grains, to earn the “bogadera”, cold aguapanela with lemon that Quenches thirst and gives you the necessary strength for the next stage.
To finish, it is necessary to despulpar and to dry the grain, toasting and grinding, to prepare and to delight with a pleasant coffee that leaves to you impregnated with all the aroma of our traditional coffee culture. Source: Website: www.recuca.com
6. El Alumbrado de Quimbaya
The festival of candles and lanterns of Quimbaya, has its roots in the religious ritual of lighting lights in honor of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. This demonstration invites the families of different neighborhoods to exhibit in an artistic way the candles and lanterns they have built months ago in a communal way.
This tradition was promoted in 1982 by members of the Quimbaya Gardening Club, who named this event, inviting all communities to light candles and construct lanterns with a religious message; Summons welcomed by more than 27 zones, that working community filled their streets of light and colorful.
The festival of candles and lanterns of the municipality of Quimbaya, has the characteristics of intangible cultural heritage. It is collective, identifies the inhabitants of the municipality in any place, has been transmitted from generation to generation, and is a living and innovative tradition that adapts with expressions of each age, articulating cultural diversity, and values such as solidarity, Family unity, creativity, recursion, and spirituality, built over time in the “Cafetero Cultural Landscape”.
7. The Park the Arrieros
Visiting the paths and trails of the PARK LOS ARRIEROS “Theme and Cultural Park” visitors can enjoy a variety of highly enriching fun experiences based on the experiential philosophy, focused on sensory contact which makes us a living laboratory that seeks to offer Entertainment, sensitization, adaptability and education around ludic workshops with the mountaineering seal Quindiana. Website: www.parquelosarrieros.com
8. The Botanical Garden of Quindío
The Mariposario del Quindío, in the municipality of Calarcá, in an area of 600 square meters, is a space of conservation, science and fun. Besides being the refuge of more than 1500 butterflies, it houses diverse species of Colombian fauna and flora.
It was the first lawfully instituted of Colombia. It was founded in 1978 by Alberto Gómez Mejía, the OIKOS Organization, the University of Quindío and the Gardening Club of Armenia, following the proposal made by Professor Jesús M.
The Garden was opened to the public on December 16, 2000 and since then has made effective leadership in the Eco-tourism of the region.
Thanks to the support of the citizens and the assistance of many people and entities, the Garden sustains itself and has carried out significant works of advice in other areas of the country in the elements that are its specialty being thus a recognized Mariposario.
9. The Quimbaya Gold Museum
Armenia has one of the most beautiful museums in Colombia, a tribute to the ancient inhabitants of the region, who created a universal art in both goldsmithery and ceramics.
The Quimbaya Gold Museum in the city of Armenia tells this long history of a past that is present in our men and women, customs, language, knowledge and values. It is a story in permanent change and elaboration.
A museum that can be visited again and again, because when you learn to look at objects the secrets of past life you discover that your enjoyment is inexhaustible.
Admission is free, do not miss this museum !. Source: http://admin.banrepcultural.org/armenia/museo-del-oro-quimbaya-1
Filandia is a Colombian municipality belonging to the Department of Quindío.
The territory that today constitutes Filandia was inhabited before its foundation by a part of the indigenous tribe of Quimbayas. The lands of Filandia belonged to what the Spanish conquistadors initially called, in 1540 Quimbaya Province.
Filandia is located north of the Department of Quindío at 04º40’48.7 “north latitude and at 75º39’48.5” west longitude, in the western branches of the central cordillera, it is at a height of +/- 1,910 Meters above sea level, with an average temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. Source: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filandia
One of the most beautiful towns of Quindío, called by many “The Illuminated Hill”, come and know the place that keeps the charm of previous times, visit Filandia in the Department of Quindío and fall in love with it, keep in mind that Filandia is architecture, Eco-tourism, crafts, landscape, history and tradition … and that has beautiful places to visit, and a tourist offer that you will love. Source: http://www.filandia-quindio.gov.co/turismo.shtml
11. Cultural Landscape Cafetero P.C.C
The Colombian Coffee Culture Landscape (PCC) was declared a World Heritage Site during the 35th session of the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Technological Organization (Unesco) held in Paris Between June 19 and June 29, 2011.
The Colombian Coffee Culture Landscape (PCC) is an outstanding example of human adaptation to difficult geographical conditions on which a coffee-growing of hillside and mountain has developed. It is a cultural landscape that combines natural, economic and cultural elements with a high degree of homogeneity in the region, which is an exceptional case in the world. In this landscape, the human, family and generational efforts of coffee growers are combined with the permanent accompaniment of their institutions.
The CCP is made up of certain coffee zones in the departments of Caldas, Quindio, Risaralda and Valle del Cauca, located in the central and western foothills of the Andes mountain range. This region has traditionally been recognized nationally and internationally as the Coffee Hub and more recently as the Coffee Route, following a campaign that seeks to promote the area nationally and internationally.