Parque Consotá

Not too far outside of Pereira is a great park for both kids and adults. Parque Consotá is a huge recreational area with sports fields, several swimming pools, a spa, nature trails, fishing ponds, paddle boats, a small zoo, restaurants, and a hotel. We took Marisol’s 6 year old nephew, David, to enjoy the park for a day.

The park is located in Galicia, west of Pereira. It can be reached on the city’s bus lines. At the entrance to the park, there are ticket windows to purchase your entry for the day. An adult ticket costs COP$13,600 and children’s ticket is COP$8,600. Members of Comfamiliar Pereira get discounted entry.

Entrance to Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Entrance to Parque Consotá

 

Granja de Noé

We started at the small zoo, Granja de Noé. It’s focused on farm animals and horticulture. We were able to see cattle, chickens, goats, pigs, and horses along with a section dedicated to herbs and vegetables.

Granja de Noé at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

A cow at Granja de Noé

Granja de Noé at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

A turkey at Granja de Noé

Granja de Noé at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Granja de Noé

My favorite part was the aquarium. Several exotic species of fish were on display.

Aquarium at Granja de Noé at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Aquarium

Aquarium at Granja de Noé at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Aquarium

Outside of Granja de Noé is a restaurant, Don Noé, serving traditional Colombian specialties, and Trapiche, a sugar cane processing area with sweets and guarapo for sale.

Don Noé at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Don Noé

Trapiche at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Trapiche

 

Pond

Next, we walked past the pond. It’s in a beautifully forested area and has a couple bridges over it. It’s possible to fish or rent paddle boats.

Pond at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Pond

Pond at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Pond

 

Parque de la Memoria Indígena

We had a quick lunch at a cafeteria, Zasonao, and continued to Parque de la Memoria Indígena. This 30 minute guided walk through a bamboo forest stops at a few different indigenous “villages” where we learned about the most important indigenous peoples of Colombia.

Parque de la Memoria Indígena at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Parque de la Memoria Indígena

Parque de la Memoria Indígena at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Parque de la Memoria Indígena

Each “village” has a mural showing important images of the indigenous culture. There was also one haunting mural explaining the past, present, and future. The past shows the indigenous people caring for Mother Earth, while in the present we are destroying the earth for money. The future shows a couple in gas masks with a mushroom cloud from a nuclear explosion.

Parque de la Memoria Indígena at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Parque de la Memoria Indígena

Parque de la Memoria Indígena at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Parque de la Memoria Indígena

Parque de la Memoria Indígena at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Mural at Parque de la Memoria Indígena

 

Pereira Antigua

The walk ends where Pereira Antigua begins. Pereira Antigua is a replica village of what Pereira looked like in the early 20th century. It starts at a two story finca (farmhouse). Upstairs are bedrooms complete with straw mats showing how people used to sleep.

Finca at Pereira Antigua at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Finca

Finca at Pereira Antigua at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Finca

Next is a main street in old Pereira, complete with colorful homes and businesses. Windows are open allowing visitors to peer into the past. The mayor’s office, a barber shop, general store, and coffee purchasing agent are all on display.

Pereira Antigua at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Pereira Antigua

Barber shop at Pereira Antigua at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Barber shop

General store at Pereira Antigua at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

General store

Coffee purchasing agent at Pereira Antigua at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Coffee purchasing agent

It’s also possible to peek into a replica home with antique furniture and household items.

Home at Pereira Antigua at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Home

Home at Pereira Antigua at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Home

The street opens out onto a plaza, which is modeled after Parque El Lago. There’s a fountain in the center of the plaza and a church modeled after Iglesia El Claret.

Iglesia El Claret at Pereira Antigua at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Iglesia El Claret

Iglesia El Claret at Pereira Antigua at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Iglesia El Claret

Parque El Lago at Pereira Antigua at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Parque El Lago

 

Water Park

After the educational stuff was finished, David was getting a little antsy. That’s when we headed to the water park for some fun. We went through the lazy river and watched a few people head down the waterslides before we enjoyed the wave pool.

Water park at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Water park

Water park at Parque Consotá in Galicia, Risaralda, Colombia

Water park

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