If you find yourself in Pereira during the day and get bored (which is easy to do), head across the bridge to the suburb of Dosquebradas. Here you’ll find a beautiful park surrounding a small lake with plenty of activities to keep busy. It’s great for families and couples alike. Dosquebradas is part of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia.
Parque Lago de la Pradera only costs COP$1,000 to enter, with extra activities costing just a bit extra. It’s possible to ride paddleboats, go swimming, play basketball, tennis, or football, go rollerblading, play paintball, or even ride horses. There are vendors selling fresh fruits and drinks and a few small cafeterias on the grounds.
A few small islands in the lake have chickens and rabbits.
Feeding the ducks and fish is popular with kids. You can buy food from small vending machines on the bridge.
Another couple small ponds have giant lily pads and bamboo near their shores.
A taxi to the park is less than COP$7,000 from Pereira city center. Finding a taxi to get back may be a little tough. You’ll have to walk to the main road and grab one from there.