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Pereira, Colombia - Post Covid-19 Lockdown Travels In Colombia

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Map location: Pereira, Colombia
Map location: Pereira, Colombia
Colombia travel blog by Mark Berman - September 2020   » View Photoset (19 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for over 12yrs!
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.

     

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My Hostel & Hotel Reviews for Pereira, Colombia:

Hotel Pereira Lago, Pereira, Colombia - Large Photo
Hotel Pereira Lago, Pereira, Colombia (September 2020 - 1 night) - Located at the Plaza with the lake in the middle. Hotel Pereira Lago at around $17USD per night is expensive for its quality. It's not a flash place nor a dive but the guys who work here are helpful and friendly. The hotel is reasonably secure and the room had a view of the plaza and an open window. At least you can get a reasonable nights sleep here, the area is safe and Kokorico Restaurant is on the other side of the plaza.
Hotel El Lago 2, Pereira, Colombia - Large Photo
Hotel El Lago 2, Pereira, Colombia (September 2020 - 1 night) - Looks nice from the outside but this hotel has a terrible design. The reception and foyer are all open to the hotel rooms just up the stairs. When the the reception guy and other people are talking for 2hrs at 12pm until 2am and the sound is echoing everywhere you can't sleep. I actually had to get up twice and tell them to be quiet but they ignored me. At around $17USD per night you can do better in Pereira than Hotel El Lago 2. I intended to stay 2 nights but moved to another hotel after 1 night.

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Pereira, Colombia - Post Covid-19 Lockdown Travels In Colombia. I visited Pereira just after the lockdown for Covid-19 had finished. Nothing was open, not the museums, parks or anything. I was limited to just walking around the city.