Montenegro is a nice town within the UNESCO World Heritage listed Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia. It’s located between the city of Armenia and the town of Quimbaya, about 20 minutes from each. Montenegro is also home to the Parque del Café, a coffee-themed amusement park.
Buses from Armenia (COP$2,000) and Quimbaya (COP$1,700) pass through the main streets of Montenegro frequently. They don’t stop at a terminal so you must get off the bus at the designated stop. I’ve used Nuevo Rapido and Expreso Alcalá in both directions.
Plaza de Bolívar
The town’s main plaza, Plaza de Bolívar, is a short walk from where the buses stop. The plaza is full of trees and has a couple monuments – one to Simón Bolívar and another to the indigenous people.
The church, which wasn’t open during my visit, is not very attractive. It’s shaped like a barn.
Café Don José
Next to the church in an old colonial-style building is a great little café, Café Don José. The coffee is some of the best I’ve had in Colombia and the service is excellent. The place also has a lot of character – it looks like a tornado hit an antique shop.