There’s nothing special about Guática as a town except for it’s dramatic setting among green mountains of the coffee growing region. It’s also part of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia.
It’s a very sleepy town with not much of interest. The main plaza has a church and a few cafés and bars around it, but other than that, there’s nothing to bother wandering around for.
The streets are typically quiet with not much going on until Monday, which is Market Day.
Wandering around, you may find coffee beans sitting out in the sun, which is a common sight in many villages in Colombia’s coffee country.
There’s a small Jardín Botánico (Botanical Garden) on the road that leads to the stadium but it was undergoing maintenance when we visited because of unusually dry weather.
On the main road above Guática is San Clemente, a very small village that is a good place to catch a bus. It sits on the road between Pereira/Anserma and Medellín. People wait at the side of the road to catch buses to Anserma, Pereira, Medellín, and Riosucio. It’s much safer to wait for a bus in San Clemente than the Guática junction at nearby El Tigre, and there’s a small restaurant on the corner.
Just a block from the main road is the wide open plaza of San Clemente. There’s a big, beautiful church there.
Getting to Guática can be difficult. You can take a shared taxi from the bus station in Anserma for COP$3,000 per person (as of September 2014). They leave when filled up with three people and it only takes 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a Medellín or Riosucio bound bus from Pereira or Anserma, get dropped off at El Tigre, and either walk or take a taxi the rest of the way to town. Cootransbel offers one direct bus a day to and from the bus terminal in Pereira while Flota Occidental offers two in the morning from Guática to Pereira and two in the evening from Pereira to Guática. The ride is 2 1/2 hours.
For San Clemente, any bus going between Medellín to Pereira via Riosucio can stop there. From Guática, you can also take a rough backroad to the nearby village of Santa Ana.