Travels in the Coffee Triangle: Santa Rosa de Cabal

July 2019 Santa Rosa de Cabal -- hereafter simply Santa Rosa -- is a stone's throw away from Pereira as the crow flies but there's considerable upthrust involved.  You have to go over the top of the mountain chain that encircles Pereira to get there.  Such opportunities for expansive vistas of the Coffee Triangle's sumptuous countryside do not go unappreciated by Yours Truly, so when a friend with a motorcycle offered to take me [...]

2019-07-15T13:47:19+00:00By |Colombia|Comments Off on Travels in the Coffee Triangle: Santa Rosa de Cabal

Travels in the Coffee Triangle: Manizales

July 2019 Manizales is the capital of Caldas Department, to the north of Risaralda of which my current hangout, Pereira, is the capital.  It's only about an hour by bus or car and the road between Pereira and Manizales takes you right through the mountains.  The scenery is amazing and kept my face glued to the window as the bus wound its way toward our destination.  I regretted the inability to stop and take [...]

2019-07-12T10:17:28+00:00By |Colombia|Comments Off on Travels in the Coffee Triangle: Manizales

Travels in the Coffee Triangle: Marsella

July 2019 Marsella is only about an hour northwest of Pereira but it's a world away in atmosphere.  The trip takes you through the heart of Coffee Country and you end up in a charming town that seems from a bygone era, although all the comings and goings of modern life are amply evident, as well.  Before coming to the Coffee Triangle I had come across some YouTube videos of Marsella -- the municipality [...]

2019-07-06T11:08:51+00:00By |Colombia|Comments Off on Travels in the Coffee Triangle: Marsella

Travels in the Coffee Triangle: Filandia

July 2019 One of the tourist hotspots in the Coffee Triangle is the town of Filandia, situated about 30 km (19 miles) from Pereira and nearly equidistant from Armenia, the capital of Quindío, the department in which Filandia lies.  It's an easy get from either city.  If you search the Internet for information on Filandia you'll get the impression that it's a traditional coffee town holding on to its traditions and its past as [...]

2019-07-13T11:03:30+00:00By |Colombia|Comments Off on Travels in the Coffee Triangle: Filandia

Travels in the Coffee Triangle: Tourist Lowdown on Pereira

June 2019 Pereira, the capital of Colombia's Coffee Triangle, doesn't hit rockstar level in any tourist information I've come across.  It gets very good reviews from a small subset of the expat retirement crowd because of its temperate climate, wide range of good services and lower cost of living than Medellin, which is both the retirement and the tourist hotspot of the country.  The impressions to be garnered from the web are, however, spotty [...]

2019-06-25T14:01:14+00:00By |Colombia|Comments Off on Travels in the Coffee Triangle: Tourist Lowdown on Pereira

Travels in the Coffee Triangle: La Florida

June 2019 At long last I'm in Colombia's Coffee Triangle, the Eje Cafetero, for a couple months of exploring.  My base for the trip is the capital of the region, Pereira.  I made it easy on myself for the first few days by holing up in a fancy hotel in what is the equivalent of NYC's Central Park area, called here Circunvalar.  It's surprising to find such a discrepancy between text and reality in [...]

2019-07-13T10:33:54+00:00By |Colombia|Comments Off on Travels in the Coffee Triangle: La Florida