Top Tourist Attractions In Pereira
February 12, 2013
The top tourist attractions in Pereira are composed of many delights. And if you are a big fan of Colombian coffee, then you must definitely spend some time as this small valley town serves as the center of the traditional coffee growing in the region. It is in close proximity to Bogota, Cali and Medellin as well as located smack in the middle of the country’s main highways, so you can easily access it from any direction.
If you ever find yourself going here, then you should definitely spend some time visiting the Matacena City Zoo, which is basically 17 hectares of farmland which houses a collection of 800 animals, differentiated into 150 species, which hail from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The place also has a beautiful botanical garden and a playground on site. So if you have children with you, then it will definitely be worth the travel.
If you are on your own or with friends, it’s highly advisable that you check out Lake Otun, in the Nevados National Park which is just a few kilometers away from Pereira. Here, you can engage in some recreational fishing as it contains a large population of rainbow trout. Furthermore, you could do some bird watching as it is the breeding ground of a number of threatened and endangered Colombian bird species. Just be careful about how you treat your waste in this area because among all the top tourist attractions in Pereira, this one serves as a source of drinking water. Now, while in the area, you might also want to visit Santa Isabel, which is a shield volcano, located southwest of Nevados, in the Tolima department of Colombia.
In the city, you could spend some time in the Technological University of Pereira and their planetarium, which has been highlighted as an otherworldly experience. Or you could seek out the remnants of Spanish occupation in some of its colonial structures, starting with The Cathedral of Our Lady of Poverty and ending with the Museum of Art Pereira and Jaime Mejia Archeological Museum. After sunset, make sure you also check out the bars as the top tourist attractions in Pereira includes its flamboyant and energetic club scene, to which it attributes its title as the “night city”.