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).
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.
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.
Where to Stay:
Panorama Cafe Hostel
Calle 3a #7-28, Buenavista
Hostal Los Ejecutivos
Carrera 5 #13-20, Pijao
Note: Same owners & location as Restaurante Las Delicias
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.
Cafe Concorde (coffee & cake, or a meal)
Km 7 Via Rio Verde, Pijao
Tip: Relax and enjoy the beautiful views on a weekday; weekends are very busy!
Heladeria la 75
Calle 5 #5-12, Buenavista
Restaurante Las Delicias
Carrera 5 #13-20, Pijao
Note: Same owners & location as Hostal Los Ejecutivos
What to Do:
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.
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.
The tour can include, depending on your time and interests:
– A beautiful drive through the “veredas” (back roads)
– A relaxing stop at Cafe Concorde
– A half day in the nearby town of Pijao (they know where to find 25 cent ice cream!)
– 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!)
– Bamboo bridge & scenic hike
– Endless overlooks and photo-ops
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, tour planning and pricing.
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!