Cheap Flights To Pereira
While much of Colombia attracts tourists owing to its lush green scenery and tropical climate, people generally come to Pereira to do business. The city was founded in 1863 and is the capital of Risaralda and financial powerhouse of the Zona Cafetera- a commercial centre renowned for its bustling nightlife scene. Pereira itself doesn't have much in the way of tourist attractions but attracts those who want to enjoy the fast-paced and friendly way of life in Colombia's main cities.
One of the main visitor attractions is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Poverty, a majestic cathedral with stunning internal arches and intricate golden adornments. If you're travelling with your family, you'll want to spend a day at the Parque del Café, a small amusement park with rides where you can also learn more about coffee production. Bolivar Square is the main park in the city and home to the 'naked Bolivar' monument by Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt. Nearby, there's a handful of natural attractions including the Los Nevados National Natural Park and the Otun Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary.
Things To Do
Those who visit Pereira can enjoy a variety of areas of natural beauty including nature reserves and natural parks, historic monuments and spot exotic species of birds and other animals.
- Otun Quimbaya Flora and Fauna Sanctuary
You can find this stunning natural haven 14 miles to the east of the city to enjoy a protected area spanning 489 hectares of sub-Andean forest and rainforest vegetation. A real treat for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages, there are 259 species of plants here and a wide variety of animals including skunks, tapir, birds and butterflies. This is a great place to pack a picnic and head off on a long trek for those who like to keep active on holiday.
The main park in the city and home to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Poverty and the naked Bolivar statue, this public attraction draws in crowds of tourists and photographers daily and is also the main hub of commerce and finance in the city.
- Botanical Garden of the Technological University
A bird watcher's haven, this site is wonderful for bird watching, with 168 species of birds here. As 15 of these species are migratory birds, you'll have a prime opportunity to see birds from all corners of the globe here as well as 290 varieties of vegetables and a variety of amphibians and mammals too.
Calendar Of Events
Pereira hosts a range of annual events and festivals ranging from coffee expos to traditional celebrations, offering plenty of opportunities for visitors to learn more about Colombian culture and heritage.
International Coffee Lounge: Each year the city hosts an event celebrating the country's most famous export: coffee. This event attracts business people, java-loving enthusiasts and farmers from around the world and takes place at the Convention Centre and Exhibition.
Harvest Festival: The most popular annual event in the city takes place every August. The Harvest Festival celebrates the founding of the city and includes a range of attractions and activities including an orchid and horse show, sports events and a craft fair.
National Bambuco Competition: Along with coffee, Colombia is known for its passionate music. This event takes place each October and celebrates the Bambuco music genre and its traditions.