4 hours from Colombia’s Medellin lies a rich coffee-producing region. Visit Manizales, Salento and Cocora Valley and understand how coffee is made there.
Coffee-lovers in the world would certainly name Colombia as one of the world’s leading coffee-producing nations. And in Colombia, just 4 hours away from the city of Medellin boasts one of its coffee-producing regions. Join us on this 3-day adventure, as we bring you to visit a magnificent and astonishing region – declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visiting Manizales, Salento and the Cocora Valley, lodging at a century-old coffee hacienda and learning about the coffee process, you will experience the highlights of the coffee heart of Colombia.
Go on a 3-day adventure to the Coffee Region from Medellín visiting Manizales, Salento and the Cocora Valley. Lodging at a century-old authentic coffee hacienda, you will also have the privilege of having an insider look at the entire coffee process.
Duration: 3 days 2 nights
Start/End location: Medellin, Colombia
Your first day will start early when our driver picks you up at your hotel to take you to the bus terminal to begin your adventure on a 4-hour bus road trip to Manizales.
Upon arrival at Manizales, you will first head to the Plaza de Bolivar, the main square of the city, where you will see the government palace and the main Cathedral. Your guide will take you to a special place where you will be able to appreciate an amazing view of the Bolívar Condor, which is a statue of a half Simón Bolivar and half Condor located right in the center of the square, it is locally known as El Libertador.
Then, you will walk down the main street Carrera 23 to take a cable car over the city and the gorgeous Quebrada Olivares. Once you finish, there will be a car waiting to take you to Chipre, a neighborhood where you will see the striking Monumento a Los Colonizadores, and have the chance to admire the beautiful coffee landscape.
Next, you will go to a trendy zone in Manizales which has a great variety of restaurants and bars, and some spare time for lunch. After lunch, you will be taken to your accommodation, Hacienda Venecia, where after checking in, it will be free and easy for the rest of the day.
Start your day off right with a delicious Colombian breakfast. After that, you will be taken to Salento, a small enchanting village 2 hours away from Manizales. Here you will have the opportunity to get to know the village on your own and at your own pace. You will have 3 hours to walk through the lively and colorful streets filled with colonial houses, handicrafts, antique shops and restaurants. Another option is to go up to Alto de la Cruz and be astounded by the dazzling green valleys and spectacular coffee country landscape. When you come down, have lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, you will be taken to the amazing Cocora Valley at Parque Nacional de Los Nevados. You will be there for a couple of hours and there are several options how to spend your time – the first option is staying in the car and letting your driver take you through the valley to appreciate the greenery, while another option is hiring a professional guide at your own expense to go on a hike and learn about the local flora and fauna. Last but not least, you may also rent a horse (also at your own expense) to ride throughout the marvelous valley. After these 2 hours, you will be driven back to Hacienda Venecia where a delicious dinner will be served before calling it a day
After a delightful breakfast, you will have a personalized tour of the coffee plantations at Hacienda Venecia. You will be walking through the luscious coffee plantations, learning about the coffee process, from seed to cup and understanding why it became such an important part of Colombian culture. Then, you will head back to the main house to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee.
After that, you may have lunch at the Hacienda (at your own expense) and to cap off the tour, you will be taken to the bus terminal to take your bus back to Medellín. Finally, waiting for you at Medellín’s bus terminal, a driver will take you back to your hotel.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.