Traveling in Colombia: Things to do in Quindio – Buenavista

Buenavista is a colorful little town in the heart of the “eje cafetero” (coffee region) of Colombia, known as “paisaje cultural cafetero” (coffee cultural landscape).

Cafe Concorde, Buenavista, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

Cafe Concorde, Buenavista, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

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Away from the tourist crowds of Salento and Valle de Cocora (although it’s beautiful there too!), Buenavista lives true to it’s name, “good view,” with outstanding panoramic views of the surrounding mountain range.  On a clear day, a sharp-eyed local can pin point the Armenia airport, as well as other surrounding towns and landmarks.

View of Buenavista, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

View of Buenavista, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

Some of our recommendations to stay, eat, and see also include the nearby town of Pijao, a quaint and peaceful town nestled in the mountains near Buenavista.

Pijao, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

Pijao, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

Where to Stay:
Panorama Cafe Hostel

Calle 3a #7-28, Buenavista
Website: www.experienciacafetera.com/en/recommendation/panorama-cafe-hostel

where to stay in Buenavista Quindio

Hostal Los Ejecutivos

Carrera 5 #13-20, Pijao
Phone: +57-312-814-7990
Note: Same owners & location as Restaurante Las Delicias

where to stay in Pijao Quindio

Hostal Los Ejecutivos, Pijao, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016




What to Eat:
As you arrive in Buenavista from the main road, there is a small restaurant on the right serving a delicious fresh lunch every day.

Price: $2-$3

what to eat in Buenavista Quindio

Buenavista, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

Cafe Concorde (coffee & cake, or a meal)

Km 7 Via Rio Verde, Pijao
Website: cafeconcorde.co
Tip: Relax and enjoy the beautiful views on a weekday; weekends are very busy!

what to eat in Buenavista Quindio

Cafe Concorde, Buenavista, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

what to eat in Buenavista Quindio

Cafe Concorde, Buenavista, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

Heladeria la 75

Calle 5 #5-12, Buenavista
Website: www.heladeriala75.com

what to eat in Buenavista Quindio

Heladeria la 75, Buenavista, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

Restaurante Las Delicias

Carrera 5 #13-20, Pijao
Phone: +57-312-814-7990
Note: Same owners & location as Hostal Los Ejecutivos

what to eat in Pijao Quindio

Pijao, Quíndio, Colombia. July 2016



What to Do:
Teleferico

The teleferico (“aerial tramway”) itself is currently not functional.  It may never have been, and will probably never be used.  No one seems to know why – maybe corruption, maybe bad construction… However, the views from the overlook are worth the steep walk, and if you have time and a ride, also visit the overlook at Tres Cruces (“three crosses”), at the other end of the tramway and much further up the mountain.

what to do in Buenavista Quindio

Teleferico, Buenavista, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

Jeep Willys tour

Take a tour on an 1958 Jeep Willys with an expat family who are living in Buenavista, speak English and Spanish fluently, and know all the hidden gems that are off the beaten path.  They are available to pick you up from the Armenia airport, and help you find 1 or 2 nights lodging in town.

what to do in Pijao Quindio

Jeep Willys tour, Pijao, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

The tour can include, depending on your time and interests:
– A beautiful drive through the “veredas” (back roads)

what to do in Buenavista Quindio

Buenavista, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

– A relaxing stop at Cafe Concorde
– A half day in the nearby town of Pijao (they know where to find 25 cent ice cream!)

what to do in Pijao Quindio

Pijao, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

– Delicious home-style lunch at small local restaurants in Buenavista and Pijao
Waterfall (if you’re sure-footed, and can climb in and back out of a steep bank!)

what to do in Buenavista Quindio

Waterfall, Buenavista, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

Bamboo bridge & scenic hike

what to do in Buenavista Quindio

Bamboo bridge, Buenavista, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

– Endless overlooks and photo-ops

what to do in Buenavista Quindio

Orchids, Buenavista, Quindío, Colombia. July 2016

Email us at ana@mojitoycafe.com for more information, tour planning and pricing.

Coffee tour

Learn about the fascinating process that goes into the cup of coffee you enjoy every morning.  Or even if you don’t enjoy drinking coffee, visiting a coffee plantation and meeting the people who make it possible is an amazing experience Experiencia Cafetera is an enthusiastic team of young entrepreneurs who are promoting the culture of coffee with tours that originate in Buenavista and Pijao.

What do you need to bring with you for all the fun activities?  Check out our post: What to pack for a trip to Colombia!


Have you visited Buenavista, Pijao, or any other towns in that area?

Do you have any fun things to do, or great places to eat, that you would like for us to include in this post? Please let us know in the comments below!

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