Chinchiná, a town in the Zona Cafetera, is known as the heart of Colombian coffee. It is settled in a valley surrounded by coffee plantations.
The town is home to the Buendia coffee factory and Cenicafe, a coffee research centre.
There are frequent buses going to and from Manizales (COP$4600, 30 min)
- Colina del Sol is a coffee finca settled on top of a hill overlooking Chinchiná on one side and the mountains on another. It's either a half hour climb uphill or an expensive taxiride. The friendly owner will show you around on his finca for a small fee. Contact him first before setting off (Carlos/Mathilde, Carrera 8 No.8-63, +57 300-362-9578 / 850 4885, email email@example.com). There is not always somebody there.
- Some of the smaller coffee factories will give you a short tour if you show interest.
- It's recommended to stay at least one night Colina del Sol (see section See). It's a nice place to get away from it all. Price per night including food is not more than COP$15,000 per person.