The city of Pereira is a coffee-growing mountainous region of Colombia, famous for its Arabica beans. Other than that, the city is abundant with historical sites, landmarks, nature parks and spectacular bistros. When in Pereira, visit the Bolívar Square, the 19th-century Cathedral, César Gaviria cable-stayed bridge, Pereira Art Museum and Otún River. Above all, visit this fast-paced Colombian city to experience its contradicting nature reserves and thermal springs. Here’s a rundown of 10 awesome things to do in Pereira, Colombia.
1. Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of Poverty Pereira
The Church of “Our Lady of Poverty,” is also called the Pereira Cathedral in Pereira. The cathedral is devoted to the Virgin Mary, under the title of Nuestra Señora de la Pobreza, in the capital of Risaralda of Colombia. The cathedral is located in the centre of the city, and towards the west of the Plaza de Bolivar. The cathedral features original brickwork, great architecture, incredible wooden artwork, and stunning roof and ceilings. Above all, this church was transformed into a cathedral by Pope Pius XII in the 19th-century.
Cathedral of Our Lady of Poverty Pereira
Address: Cra. 7, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
2. Explore Plaza de Bolivar
The main square of the Colombian capital Bogotá, is this magnificent Bolivar Square with a magnificent plaza. In the 18th-century, this square was called Plaza de la Constitución and Plaza Mayor and today, it is one of the best places to visit in the heart of this historical city. The square also flaunts an 18th-century statue of Simón Bolivar, which was the first public monument installation in Pereira. Visit this square for its open area, street vendors, architecture, up-scale plazas and great ambience. The square offers great entertainment from groups of artists and performers.
Plaza de Bolivar
Address: Cra. 7 #11-10, Bogotá, Colombia
3. Enjoy Bonita Farm
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Bioparque Bonita Farm is a beautiful family farm, run by the charming and witty Juan Carlo. Juan Carlos, a Colombian biologist, launched this bio-reserve on his family’s former coffee farm to assist visitors to understand the deep connection between all living beings. In the farm, you can have up and close experience with snakes, butterflies, tarantulas and many more species. The park also features a greenhouse that displays various species of butterflies, and a presentation of the life stages of a butterfly along with snakes and spiders. This farm is off the main road, outside Pereira.
Bioparque Bonita Farm
Address: Av. La Romelia El Pollo, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
Website: Bioparque Bonita Farm
4. Tour Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira
The Technological University of Pereira is a coeducational research university, in the city of Pereira, Colombia. This university is a fascinating place to visit, for its architecture, history and Engineering specialities. The University grants education in engineering, science, technology, medicine, environment management, liberal arts, literature, philosophy, child pedagogy, sports science and recreation.
Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira
Address: Cl. 27 #10-02, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
Website: Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira
5. Visit Iglesia El Claret
The beautiful church of Iglesia El Claret is situated at the well-located park lake. This traditional church in Pereira is particularly famous for its architecture and Baptism activities. Architecture lovers will notice prominent Gothic style design in this medieval cathedral. This small church is one of the prime cathedrals and also one of the oldest churches in Pereira. It’s a must-see place for visitors who follow a religious faith.
Iglesia El Claret
Address: Cra. 7 #24-42, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
Website: Iglesia El Claret
6. Explore Estacion del Ferrocarril
Estacion del Ferrocarril is a charming railway station in the railroad system of Colombia. Estacion del Ferrocarril is one charming place to explore, with its somewhat run down building, yet an enthusiasm to revitalize and restore the station. Estacion del Ferrocarril is a historical heritage in one of the main squares of the city, close to downtown. The railroad tracks of the dilapidated-car are located next to this former railway station.
Estacion del Ferrocarril
Address: #19- a, Cra. 14 #1987, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
Facebook: Estacion del Ferrocarril
7. Experience Palacio de Rentas Departamentales
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Palacio de Rentas Departamentales is a building that represents the colonial architecture of Colombia in the heart of the city. This architecture features forms, finishes, and colors as an iconic reference to the city’s culture. The governor of the department operates his official duties in this government building. Palacio de Rentas Departamentales flaunts a dimly lit architecture, with a lovely park and the Department of Risaralda, that sells liquor. Above all, the management has meticulously preserved the SENA work in this old building.
Palacio de Rentas Departamentales
Address: Cra 9 | Calle 17, Pereira, Colombia
8. Relish Parque del Cafe
Parque del Cafe is a theme park that features lush coffee plantations. Visit this place to drink a cup of nice Juan Valdez, while you observe the spectacular views from the patio and the lifts. Additionally, you can enjoy the horseback riding, roller coasters and water rides for all ages. You can spend a whole day here, therefore, plan your time accordingly. Parque del Cafe is an excellent place to enjoy with friends, stroll around, participate in numerous games, and relish the best coffee and food in the locality.
Parque del Cafe
Address: Avenida Del Rio, Pereira 660017, Colombia
Website: Parque del Cafe
9. Parque Regional Natural Ucumari
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Parque Regional Natural Ucumari is an excellent place to spend a day with family or friends. This park is not your typical zoo, instead, it is a very well organized Institute that offers excellent information about the animals. Stroll around the park to appreciate numerous species of the animals along with the charming infrastructure. Also, the park features a food zone where you can get yourself delicious snacks.
10. Parque Consota
Parque Consota is a beautiful, clean park in Pereira that features comfortable cabins and excellent food. There are plenty of fun and adventurous rides in the park with innovative designs. When visiting the park, keep in mind that it is crowded on the weekends. Regardless, enjoy the swimming pools, farm of Noah, and short nature trails in this park.
Address: Kilometro 11 Vía Pereira - Cerritos, Entrada 15, Sector Galicia, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
Website: Parque Consota
Visit this unique Colombian tourist town
Pereira is an 18th-century business centre and also the economic powerhouse and proud capital of Risaralda. While you are here, enjoy Pereira’s throbbing nightlife, chic bistros, and elegant restaurants in the evening.
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