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Buenavista, Colombia | A Quick Travel Guide

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Sunny view of Buenavista, Colombia

EXPLORE THIS COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL GUIDE TO THE BEAUTIFUL COFFEE TOWN OF BUENAVISTA, QUINDIO, COLOMBIA - AND LEARN WHY IT NEEDS TO BE ON EVERY COFFEE REGION TRAVEL ITINERARY.

 



Coffee, culture, colors and absolutely stunning views. You can find all of that and more in the cute, somewhat off the beaten path town of Buenavista, Colombia - located about an hour south of the capital of the Quindio department, Armenia.


Buenavista - which actually translates to "good view" - is a great place to enjoy the full coffee experience, including making a stop at one of the most awarded coffee estates in the country - while also taking in one of the nicest views of the central Colombian region.


Below is everything a traveler needs to know about visiting Buenavista, including the top 6 things to do, how to get there and where to stay.












 

BUENAVISTA, COLOMBIA TRAVEL GUIDE

 






\\ A Quick History of Buenavista


José Jesús Jiménez Yépez was one of the first people in the Buenavista area. He arrived in 1928 and soon opened up a store to buy coffee from the surrounding fincas and to sell simple, basic supplies. Eventually, the farmers who lived close to the area bought lots of land in the region around the store and soon constructed their homes. This would form the small settlement that would eventually become Buenavista.


The official foundation date of Buenavista is considered to be in 1933 (in that year a police inspector was assigned to the settlement). Jiménez Yépez donated land for further development of the town, including the site on which the church presently sits.


Three years late (1936) the settlement was elevated to the level of town in the municipality of Pijao (as part of Pijao). But in 1966 - shortly after the formation of the department of Quindío - Buenavista was separated from Pijao and has since been its own town.



NICKNAME: the town is named for the spectacular view over the Quindio department (buena = good and vista = view)









\\ Where is Buenavista, Colombia


Buenavista sits on the western slope of the central Cordillera mountain range - one of the three ranges that cross Colombia. Buenavista is characterized by its very steep terrain - something that is quite obvious just by driving up to it. The town is closely surrounded by other popular Quindio towns (pueblos); including, Calarcá to the north and west, Córdoba to the east and Pijao to the south.



FROM ARMENIA: 45 minutes, 30 kilometers / 18.6 miles

FROM MEDELLIN: 6.5 hours, 309 kilometers / 192 miles

FROM BOGOTA: 7 hours, 305 kilometers / 190 miles



GOOD TO KNOW: the town has an area of 41 square kilometers - which actually makes it the smallest municipality/town in the whole Quindio department.




Google map of Quindio, Colombia



ELEVATION: 1,483 meters

POPULATION: 5,800, of which 2,100 live in the urban center





Weather in Buenavista, Colombia


Like many other places in Colombia's Coffee Region the weather does not fluctuate very much during the year. Besides the few seasonal changes that come with the rainy and dry seasons, the weather in Buenavista is almost always sunny and warm. If thunderstorms do appear it will likely be later in the day (around 2 PM).


When visiting Buenavista, we suggest bringing ample sun protection (a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen), bug spray - especially if visiting coffee fincas where bugs (like no-see-ums) are more prevalent, light clothing and a rain jacket.




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The Best Time to Visit Buenavista, Colombia


Like most places in Colombia, there really is not a “bad” time to visit a place. That being said, if you want the best chance for nice weather consider visiting during the dry season: December - February, and then June - August. If you do happen to visit during the rainy season (March - May and September - November) you can still expect an ample amount of sunshine. It is simply just more likely to rain in the mid-morning and afternoons during the rainy season.


INSIDER TIP: we visited during the dry season but still had to work around a late-afternoon thunderstorm. If you really don’t want to get caught in the rain, consider visiting during the early morning.







 

TOP 6 THINGS TO DO IN BUENAVISTA, COLOMBIA

 






1. Visit the San Alberto Estate


Likely one of the biggest draws for people to visit Buenavista is the opportunity to check out the famous San Alberto Estate - home to Colombia’s Most Award-Winning Coffee.


Funny enough, we first stumbled upon the San Alberto coffee way back when we spent a month in Cartagena. After wandering around the Old City for an afternoon, we ended up taking refuge in a nice, quaint air-conditioned café. Soon we found ourselves spending a couple of afternoons working in the coffee shop, both for their delicious coffee and their strong Wi-Fi - plus we just loved looking at all of the old photos on the wall as well as photos of the actual coffee finca. In fact, we both agreed that if we ever got the chance to check out the finca in person we would 100% make a point to do it.


Fast forward a couple of months and we once again found ourselves sitting in a San Alberto café - but this time it was not in hot Cartagena, but on the finca’s shaded wooden terrace overlooking its sprawling coffee estate. And don’t worry the coffee tasted just as good as it did in Cartagena (if not better).




View of the San Alberto café in coffee estate