9 days in Quindio Department, Risaralda Department & Caldas Department Itinerary

9 days in Quindio Department, Risaralda Department & Caldas Department Itinerary

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Montenegro
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Armenia
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Salento
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Pereira
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Salamina
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Manizales
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Montenegro — 1 night

Named after the dark trees covering the area's hills, Montenegro (literally Black Mountain) sits in a verdant zone irrigated by three major rivers.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the galleries of Aldea del Artesano Quimbaya, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia Jesus Maria y Jose, then admire the sheer force of Balsaje la Berraquera, and finally relax in the rural setting at Finca Tematica La Divisa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at El Paraiso del Bambu y La Guadua, then soar above the sights with Globos Colombia, and then head outdoors with Canopy Los Caracolies.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Montenegro online day trip planner.

Medellin to Montenegro is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Armenia.
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Armenia — 1 night

The capital city of Quindio Department, Armenia was founded in 1889 by Jesus Maria Ocampo as he sought a hideout in the Quindio mountains.
To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Armenia travel route planning tool.

Armenia is just a short distance from Montenegro. In April, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Salento.
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Salento — 2 nights

Founded in 1842, the town of Salento represents the oldest established settlement in Quindio.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasaguadua Natural Reserve, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Carmen, and finally explore the striking landscape of Bosques de Cocora.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Salento trip itinerary app.

Drive from Armenia to Salento in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in April, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Pereira.
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Pereira — 2 nights

A center of commerce and trade, the thriving city of Pereira was founded in 1863.
On the 7th (Tue), snap pictures at Puente Helicoidal. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Guadalupe and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Nuestra Senora del Carmen.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pereira tour app.

Drive from Salento to Pereira in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Pereira are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Salamina.
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Salamina — 1 night

Salamina is a town and municipality in the colombian department of Caldas. On the 10th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basílica menor de la Inmaculada Concepción, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iglesia de San Felix, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Bosque De Palma De Cera La Samaria.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Salamina day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pereira to Salamina takes 3 hours. Traveling from Pereira in April, expect Salamina to be a bit cooler, temps between 23°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Manizales.
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Manizales — 1 night

A major center of education and commerce, Manizales also serves as one of the hubs of coffee production in Colombia.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Natural Privado Volcan Cerro Bravo, then see the interesting displays at Museo Once Caldas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basílica Inmaculada Concepción, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Rosary.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Manizales road trip planning site.

Drive from Salamina to Manizales in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Quindio Department travel guide

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Theme Parks · National Parks · Landmarks

Risaralda Department travel guide

4.3
Thermal Spas · Churches · Landmarks

Caldas Department travel guide

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Churches · Landmarks · Volcanos