Belén de Umbría is located about two hours from the bus terminal in Pereira. Two companies have frequent direct service – Cootransbel and Flota Occidental. I’ve always taken Cootransbel. A one way trip costs abour COP$10,000. Once in the mountains, the ride can get bumpy and uncomfortable. Dramamine might be necessary!
The two ways to get to Belén by bus are “por Remolinos” and “por La Isla”. The best way to go is “por Remolinos”. The road is much smoother and the ride is shorter.
There are a few hotels in Belén, but the only one I know well is Hotel Guayacán Plaza. I lived in this hotel for a month while I found an apartment. It’s very modern and clean with good wifi and a friendly staff. A night in a simple room runs about COP$35,000. It is located directly on the main plaza.
Belén may be a small town, but don’t be fooled – there is no shortage of nightlife there. From the more traditional bars around the main plaza such as La Pucha and Nebraska to the modern clubs like La Kazona and Latinos, it’s possible to dance and drink until 2am. La Taberna is also a great place but different from the rest because they play more rock, hip hop, and reggae, and have karaoke nights.
For entertainment, SkyClub is a hotel, restaurant, and club with a swimming pool that is heated on Thursdays. It’s located on the outskirts of town and a great place to unwind.