The Colombian Coffee Belt

Colombian coffee is widely regarded as some of the best in the world.
The year round mild climate, regular rainfall and high altitude provide the perfect conditions for coffee beans to thrive and there are plenty of plantations to explore, taste and purchase some of the finest coffee Colombia has to offer.
The majority of coffee grown in Colombia is grown in the centre of the country in an area referred to as the Zona Cafetera (The Coffee Belt).

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To access the region a good place to start is the city of Armenia. From here it is very easy to arrange day trips to nearby coffee plantations and you can even spend the day at a coffee themed amusement park, Parque Nacional del Cafe. Here you can watch dancers perform to live music in a dance celebrating the coffee harvest, you can go on a number of different rides including a rollercoaster, a log flume, a ferris wheel and bumper cars and you can visit the coffee museum and sample a variety of different roasts. The park is accessed by 2 cable cars which provide fantastic views of the coffee plantations below. It is well worth a visit.

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If you are pushed for time and just wish to spend one day learning about coffee in Colombia, the city of Medellín can be the ideal base.

Medellín is the second biggest city in Colombia. Once regarded as highly dangerous, it has now shaken off its bad reputation, smartened up its streets and has plenty of attractions to appeal to tourists. There are numerous art galleries here including the magnificent Museum of Antioquia in Plaza Botero, which houses many works by Fernando Botero, one of Colombia’s most celebrated artists.

One of Medellín’s greatest attractions is their cable car metro system. The system was constructed to help connect the communities in the hills in the surrounding areas to the heart of the city. It is cheap to ride, offers incredible city views and makes you feel like a local.

Get the metro cable to Parque Arví, a beautiful lush nature park located 30km from the city centre. Here you can enjoy plenty of hiking trails, cycling and nature tours.

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Health in Colombia

All visitors to Colombia should ensure that their Hepatitis A and Tetanus vaccinations are up to date; it is important to have them at least 2 weeks prior to travel to ensure full effectiveness. The majority of Colombia is considered to be Yellow Fever zone, so vaccination might be required. This vaccine should be administered at least 10 days before entering the country and requires certification, so be sure to plan ahead. Anyone visiting places off the beaten track, visiting for long periods or doing work in Colombia, extra vaccinations including Rabies and Hepatitis B. Some vaccinations require courses that can take a month to complete.  We offer all vaccinations in our clinics so book an appointment with us and we can discuss your options.

The Colombian Coffee Belt generally has a low risk of malaria, however some parts of Colombia have a high-risk of malaria. In these areas, prescription antimalarial medication is required. It is also vital to use a good DEET-based mosquito repellent where ever you are in Colombia, as there are some diseases transmitted by mosquitoes that cannot be vaccinated against. We dispense antimalarial medication directly in most of our clinics and you can also pick up your mosquito repellents there too.

Contact us now to book your appointment with one of our specialist travel nurses!

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