La Virginia

La Virginia is a hot and boring place. There’s absolutely no reason for anyone to stop here. It’s basically a town conveniently located on a crossroads to many cities in Colombia. A friend living there for a short time described it by saying “take this block you are on, multiply it by 80, and you’ve seen all of La Virginia”.

La Virginia, Risaralda, Colombia

La Virginia

 

Parque de los Fundadores

It does have some nice parks shaded by some huge trees, including Parque de los Fundadores.

Parque de los Fundadores in La Virginia, Risaralda, Colombia

Parque de los Fundadores

There is a church on the Parque de los Fundadores that’s nice.

Church in La Virginia, Risaralda, Colombia

Church

 

Verde y Maduro

If you find yourself unlucky enough to be here, I can recommend one good restaurant. Verde y Maduro serves an amazing patacón relleno (a flattened plantain rolled with meats).

 

El Eden

Another good place to stop is El Eden, which is along the highway before entering the road that leads into town. They have great avena drinks along with empanadas filled with arequipe (caramel) or guava.

El Eden in La Virginia, Risaralda, Colombia

El Eden

Avena at El Eden in La Virginia, Risaralda, Colombia

Avena

Sweet empanadas at El Eden in La Virginia, Risaralda, Colombia

Sweet empanadas

 

Getting There

Almost every bus from the terminal in Pereira heading to the western part of Risaralda will pass through La Virginia. There are also a couple city buses from Pereira that run the route. There is no main bus station. Each bus company has its own stop.

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