The Coffee Triangle is one of the places preferred by tourists to visit when going to Colombia, known as the house of the best coffee in the world, protected nature and paisa culture is a friendly destination for nature lovers.
Around the 18th Century, Jesuits living in Santa Teresa planted coffee for the first time, plantations and development of the coffee industry started to grow in the mountain area, the natural conditions were conductive for the quick growth of the plantations. This enabled the beginning of a successful exportation business established in the 19th century and recognized as the best producer of this soft beverage that is mandatory in the daily routine of people all around the world.
The Triangle: Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda.
The holy land where the entire process takes place has become one of the most important attractions for tourists who decide to visit Colombia. The plantations are located in lands of volcanic origin and ideal climatic conditions, such as warm weather and enough average annual rainfall favour coffee plantations to develop the legendary product.
The Coffee Triangle is located in the midwestern area of the Colombian Andes, it is named like this because it consists of three districts which are Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda. The capital cities of these three districts are Manizales, Armenia and Pereira respectively, the most imporant cities in The Coffee Triangle.
Farmers who work in the area remind tourists of Juan Valdez, the popular paisa farmer that shows as logo for the most popular coffee brand in the world. It is worth mentioning that coffee is not the only product that can be found in the area, the production of corn and other cereals, sugar cane, potatoes and vegetables are very important also.
The complete triangle covers around 400 kms, with pronounced ascending and descending roads, variable temperatures and coloquial towns where the “paisa” culture is lived at its greatest all the way through these peaceful mountains where nature and rurality have prevailed over the years.