Apía

The small town of Apía sits high in the mountains in Colombia’s coffee growing region. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia.

There’s not much to see or do in Apía outside of the beautiful town plaza.

Plaza in Apía, Risaralda, Colombia

Plaza

Plaza in Apía, Risaralda, Colombia

Plaza

Many of the buildings on the plaza and on some of the side streets come from the colonial period.

A street in Apía, Risaralda, Colombia

A street in Apía

Apía, Risaralda, Colombia

Apía

In the center of the plaza is a gazebo, some small monuments, and lots of trees giving it shade. There is also a statue dedicated to the Colombian coffee growers.

Coffee monument in Apía, Risaralda, Colombia

Coffee monument

The church that sits at the high end of the plaza is large but nothing spectacular.

Church in Apía, Risaralda, Colombia

Church

At the lower corner of the plaza facing the mountains is a staircase with wonderful views of the surrounding landscape.

Apía, Risaralda, Colombia

Apía

While visiting with Marisol, we ate a big breakfast at La Terraza. It wasn’t that great, but at COP$8,000 total for two, we weren’t complaining.

Getting to Apía is possible from the bus terminal in Pereira. Flota Occidental, Transportes Apía, and Empresa Arauca have regular service. The ride is about two hours one way.

Marisol and I took the unconventional route to Apía. We left from Belén de Umbría on a jeep at 7am. About a half hour later, the jeep dropped us off at a point where the road between the two towns was being repaired. We walked about 20 minutes uphill down a gravel road through the jungle then had to wait until 8:15am for the next jeep to pass by. At 9am, we finally arrived in Apía. It wasn’t the easiest way to do it, but the scenery was worth the trouble.

From Apía, it’s easy to visit a couple other towns – Santuario and Pueblo Rico. At a gas station on the main road on the outskirts of Apía, buses pass by to both towns. Pueblo Rico is about 45 minutes to the north and can be reached via private car for about COP$5,000 per person (when 3 people show up) or bus for COP$6,000 each. To get to Santuario, it’s possible to take a bus headed to Pereira for about 20 minutes and get off at La Marina. From there, stand on the road and flag down a jeep or bus going to Santuario. It’s a 10 minute ride into town.

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