Colombia travel blog by Mark Berman -
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Located roughly halfway between Manizales and Armenia and not far from Salento, Pereira is a city where you can stop-off to spend the night to break the journey.
Don't go too far out of your way to visit the city, it's not that exciting really. Yeah, it's part of the coffee region but this is a city not coffee country, go
to Salento or Jardin instead! Pereira does have a good variety of food around the city, more variety than you find in most parts of Colombia except Bogota and
maybe the Boyaca region.
Post Covid-19 Travel
The truth is that I visited Pereira just after the lockdown for Covid-19 had finished, after we had spent 5 months in our houses.
Nothing was open, not the museums, parks or anything. I was limited to just walking around the city. I did take a taxi to a butterfly farm nearby but that was
closed too. Obviously I will need to return to Pereira some other time to see the sights of the city!
Sights in Pereira
Sights in Pereira include the Ukumari Biopark located 14kms
from the city - an educational theme park with animals from all continents, the cathedral, Lucy Tejada Cultural Centre and Museum, the museum of art, the
archaeological museum, Amaranta Mariposario (butterfly park 6kms from the city), churches La Valbanera, San Antonio Maria Claret and Our Lady of Carmen. Also there
is the antique train station and the plazas and monuments around town.