Colombia defines itself as the land of “sabrosura” (literally “tastiness”), and part of the county’s vitality comes from the drink that gets us going every morning: coffee. Coffee is the star of one of the country’s main attractions, the Golden Triangle.
This region, located in the Quindio Department, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. The area has a spectacular green landscape with picturesque views that could have been taken from colourful paintings.
One of the three points on the triangle is the city of Armenia, considered one of the most important cities in the country, where everything revolves around coffee and coffee culture. If you are visiting the area, you should make sure to visit the National Coffee Park, located 11 kilometres to the east. This attraction is divided into two parts, the first of which hosts a museum showing the history and process of growing and producing coffee in the region. The second part has an amusement park with rides and shows. The two areas are connected via a cable car that crosses over the park and allows visitors to see a plantation of many varieties of coffee bushes.
Sticking with the coffee theme, you can also take a visit to Hacienda San Alberto, located in the neighbouring region of Buenavista. Here you can experience a coffee tasting session and take in the impressive panoramic views from terraces above mountains lined with coffee plantations.
Although numerous cups of coffee will have kept you on your feet throughout the day, you deserve to stay in a hotel that meets your expectations. The Hotel Portal del Norte by BlueBay (****) is an excellent option, with 27 rooms equipped with all the facilities you need, and your stay even includes an American-style breakfast to get your day off to a good start.
Coffee is so important that Colombia even has its a National Coffee Festival, held at the end of June. The festival kicks off with a week of cultural events featuring activities such as theatre performances, parades and a beauty pageant.
If you stay in the Hotel Portal del Norte By BlueBay**** in Armenia, you will be able to get the most out of a region that connects the city to the countryside, allowing you to soak in the essence of this unique part of the world.
In the town itself, the friendliness of the locals and the rural tourism options will draw you in even further. Travelling around this part of Colombia means escaping from the big city, breathing in the fresh air and trying the typical Colombian dish bandeja paisa.
If you go for a walk through the municipality, you will also be able to enjoy the murals, painted with different techniques, in addition to wood carvings and cement engravings. There are some beautiful works of art created by the artist Villada, such as ‘Bosque de Heliconia’ and ‘Homenaje al café y al plátano’.
If you can’t resist the urge to go shopping on your holidays, then make sure to visit the biggest shopping centre in the region, Portal del Quindío, located just opposite the Hotel Portal del Norte by BlueBay (****).
So, start packing your bags, book your stay and head to Hotel Portal del Norte By BlueBay****, where you will be able to enjoy your holidays in your own way.