Manizales and Armenia are good stopping-off points for tours of the coffee region. Family-run haciendas provide the perfect base from which to explore these fertile valleys.
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Country hotel - PereiraCasa Sazagua is a small, tasteful boutique hotel on the outskirts of Pereira, half way in between the Cocora Valley and the main coffee plantations around Chinchiná. The décor is modern and stylish with light wooden furniture creating a warm, friendly atmosphere. There is a large restaurant open to the public which serves delicous food and overlooks a colourful tropical garden and good-sized outside pool.
Hacienda - ManizalesA traditional coffee finca about 40 minutes from Manizales which sits at 1,500m. The main house is a traditional period building which dates back to the late 19th century and has remained in the same family for over 120 years. It is one of the largest coffee haciendas in the region and sits in a valley where the River Claro runs through mountains carpeted in coffee plantations. The well-kept gardens attract an abundance of birdlife, there is lovely outdoor pool, a veranda and there are a number of walking trails around the property and through the surrounding plantations.
Country hotel - ArmeniaA typical two-storey hacienda with bamboo features in the heart of the coffee region, and with views to nearby mountains and local farms. There is an outdoor pool and restaurant, and the garden has a beautiful collection of tropical flowers such as heliconia and orchids.
Estancia/Ranch - PereiraDating back to 1888, San Jose is a wonderful hacienda surrounded by spacious grounds and colourful gardens, situated at the heart of the coffee triangle in between Pereira and Chinchina. Owned and run by the Mejía Jaramillo family, the traditional two-story hacienda is full of charming colonial décor, period furniture and family mementos, an elegant testament to a by-gone era. There is an open verandah running the length of the building where breakfast and meals can be served while towards the back, a paved patio enclosing an elegant pool and Jacuzzi.