Pereira

Sightseeing is limited in Pereira, but it’s still a pleasant city that’s part of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia. In the city center, the main plaza is a bustling wide open space called Plaza de Bolívar.

Plaza de Bolívar in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Plaza de Bolívar

Plaza de Bolívar in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Plaza de Bolívar

Plaza de Bolívar in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Plaza de Bolívar

A very interesting monument to Simón Bolívar sits on one end. It’s called Bolívar Desnudo and features a naked Bolívar riding a horse. It was erected in 1963 by Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt and Guillermo González Zuleta.

Bolívar Desnudo at Plaza de Bolívar in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Bolívar Desnudo

Bolívar Desnudo at Plaza de Bolívar in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Bolívar Desnudo

On the other end of the plaza is the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Pobreza. It was built in 1875. The most impressive feature of the cathedral is the exposed wooden beams of the ceiling.

Nuestra Señora de la Pobreza at Plaza de Bolívar in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Nuestra Señora de la Pobreza

Nuestra Señora de la Pobreza at Plaza de Bolívar in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Nuestra Señora de la Pobreza

Nuestra Señora de la Pobreza at Plaza de Bolívar in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Nuestra Señora de la Pobreza

Parque El Lago is a small park west of Plaza de Bolívar. It has a fountain and pond in the center and is filled with street vendors. It’s a great place for people watching but you should take care late at night. Iglesia El Claret sits at one end of Parque El Lago.

Parque El Lago in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Parque El Lago

Iglesia El Claret in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Iglesia El Claret

Parque de la Libertad is a short walk east of Plaza de Bolívar. Until recently, it was off limits. It’s cleaned up a lot and safety is much better, however, there’s no reason to visit.

Parque de la Libertad in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Parque de la Libertad

Parque de la Libertad in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Parque de la Libertad

Plaza Victoria is another plaza in Pereira. The Ciudad Victoria Mall and Centro Cultural Lucy Tejada, housing Pereira’s library, sit on the plaza. There are very nice views from the higher floors of both buildings.

Centro Cultural Lucy Tejada in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Centro Cultural Lucy Tejada

Plaza Victoria and Ciudad Victoria Mall in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Plaza Victoria and Ciudad Victoria Mall

Plaza Victoria in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Plaza Victoria

One of the most beautiful churches in Pereira is Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen (San José). It’s a neo-Gothic church built in 1950. It looks like something out of France and is worth visiting for its stained glass windows. It’s located on Circunvalar.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Nuestra Señora del Carmen

Art lovers will enjoy the Museo de Arte de Pereira. This modern art museum surprised me. I’m not one who usually enjoys this type of museum, but the temporary exhibits on display were attention grabbing and I actually understood the message behind the art (for once). Admission is COP$3,000 per person. The museum is closed Mondays.

Museo de Arte de Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Museo de Arte de Pereira

Museo de Arte de Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Museo de Arte de Pereira

Museo de Arte de Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Museo de Arte de Pereira

Museo de Arte de Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Museo de Arte de Pereira

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