Not your average coffee tour! Experience a different side of this famed region with small farmers fighting against the influence of GMOs and multinationals.
- Explore the heart of the coffee region, and see firsthand how small farmers are working to preserve their heritage – the ‘scents of their past’
- Meet Yarumo Blanco and learn about their struggle against GMO seeds and the negative effects of free trade agreements on this delicate area
- Trek through the spectacular Cocora Valley, surrounded by birds and butterflies, an immensity of biodiversity tucked into these lush green hills
- Experience the charm of Salento, a typical town of the coffee region – maybe drink some fiery aguardiente and try your hand at the ancestral sport of tejo
7:00 a. m.
Meeting point (Pereira): Plaza de Bolívar.
7:00 am to 8:30 am
Walking around Pereira: understand the social contrasts and the history that shaped this unique region, recognized in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Coffee tasting: over delicious local cups of coffee, get to know the history of the people who shaped, through courage — and unfortunately also through the domination of nature— the Colombian coffee culture. Go to Los Genaros.
10:30 am to 4:00 pm
Agroecological farm: meet with the owners of Los Genaros, a farm where after years of struggling against the economic and environmental failures of monocultures, the García family decided to make an abrupt change in their livelihood, while making an example of conservation of ecosystems and traditional agricultural practices. Get a snack and lunch prepared with ancestral ingredients grown in the farm.
4:00 pm onwards
Learn about Yarumo Blanco, an inspiring youth organization who created one of the top 100 sustainable destinations in the world, born out of the need to defend environmental and campesino rights by interpreting the beauty and complexity of nature. Marvel with the biodiversity of this place through a short trek at dusk, followed by dinner. Learn more about Otun Quimbaya, where we will be staying the night.
7:00 am to 1:00 pm
The Cocora Valley: experience the challenges faced in the Cocora Valley, an incredible ecosystem that hosts the Palma de Cera, the Colombian national tree.
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The Coffee Cultural Landscape of Salento: pick up at Cocora and arrive at the town of Salento. Eat a delicious lunch and see what a typical coffee Colombian town looks like, architecture, art and idiosyncrasies. End of the tour.