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La Zona Cafetera consists of three departmentos (Quindio, Risalda and Caldas) and the northern part of the departmento Valle del Cauca. Quindio is the southern most of the departmentos. The rich volcanic soil together with the climate and the topography make this region ideal for the cultivation of quality coffee. For much of the last century coffee was one of the mainstays of the Colombian economy but over the last 20 years the importance of coffee to the Colombian economy has reduced.

In the last 20 years La Zona Cafetera has become a major tourist destination (primarily domestic tourism but increasingly foreign tourists are visiting the area). In the last few years La Zona Cafetera was the second most popular tourist destination in Colombia (after Cartegna). Many of the lovely old coffee plantation houses and fincas (farms) now get the majority of their income from tourism rather than coffee.

The original Plantation House is well over 100 years old and originally was the coffee plantation house in Salento. In the garden there are still various coffee plants that give you just a hint of the history of the area. To fully experience the Zona Cafetera, however, you must visit a working coffee farm (Finca) and walk amongst the coffee plants and see it for yourself. There are a number of working coffee farms around the Salento area and we will happily provide you with information on many of them.

Plantation House now has its own coffee farm (Finca Don Eduardo) which is just 10 minutes walk from Salento. Here it is possible to get a detailed explanation of the various stages from coffee cherries (cafe cerezas) on the plants themselves, through to the dried and roasted beans.

Tours in English take place Monday to Saturday.
Tours in Spanish take place on Monday to Friday.
Please check with us for times and further information

Don Eduardos cultivates 4 sub-varieties (varietals) of arabico coffee Caturra, Variety Colombia, Arabico Tipica and Bourbon. In addition to the coffee the finca has a natural forest, two bamboo forests and three waterfalls to enjoy. Recently a new open-plan kitchen, work area and lookout point all built in guadua (bamboo) have just been completed.

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The Plantation House
Alto de Coronel, Calle 7 1-04, Salento, Quindio, Colombia
Cel. 315-409 7039 (Spanish) or 316-285 2603 (English)

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