Armenia is the capital of the department of Quindío, also known as “Miracle City” because of its fast urban growth when founded as a municipality, it is part of the coffee region, so its coffee culture is distinguished. It is a small city of friendly people, it is characterized by the contact with the nature and being the central axis of the department.
The contact with nature in the city. It is a park to enjoy nature, prairies, trails, lake, waterfalls, guadua bridges and some animals. It has a skateboard, an acoustic shell, modules for events, park for children and parking with fee. The entrance has a price (COP $ 1,500 per person in 2016) and the visiting hours are: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm; Weekends and holidays from 8am to 7pm. Is ideal to have picnics, play with cards and walk. It is recommended to visit the park in December since they usually install decorations of Christmas lights in almost all the enclosure.
It is the only museum of Gold in the Coffee Region (Eje Cafetero). Here are The Museum exhibits pieces of gold and ceramics from the Quimbayas, historical material of the Middle Cauca, figures of fine arts and painting, that tell us the culture, life and the way they saw the world through this artistics interpretantions. In its facilities there is a children’s library, cafeteria and outdoor gardens to enjoy during the visit. The entrance is free and the opening hours are from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
The main square of Armenia, it was the first one built by the colonist as meeting and market place. You can admire the Cathedral La Inmaculada Concepción in service since 1972, with a modern design that represents the Israelites stores; the Monumento al Esfuerzo that symbolises the work, strength and cordiality of cuyabros (demonym of the people of Armenia); and the sculpture of the Libertador Simón Bolivar. The Government building is in a side of the square, and in its surroundings there are coffees and stores and its connected with the Centro Comercial de Cielos Abiertos, know as the “Carrera 14”. Although it is a busy place, it is recommended to be careful with your belongings and not to walk it at night.
It is the pedestrian part of la carrera 14, it goes from the calle 12 to the calle 22. It’s perfect to shop, with several stores of clothing, shoes, accesories, handcrafts, coffees, restaurants and more. It is located in downtown and the its route connects with the Plaza Bolívar and Parque Sucre.
Parque los Fundadores
Monumento La Locomotora
The anniversay party of Armenia is celebrated in October with events like concerts, chapoleras parade, duetos contest, horse rides, activities and shows for children and other cultural activities. The main event in these celebration is the Yipao parade, it shows how the Jeep Willys has served like public transport, as a transport when people move and to transport farm products; this is why the Jeep Willys has become a symbol of the coffee culture in the region.
The Bandeja paisa is a dish that has left the heritage paisa, is made with beans, ground beef, chorizo, pork rind, egg, tajadas or patacón (it’s fried plantain), rice, avocado and arepa.
The Arepa is one of the most important foods in the gastronomy of the cuyabros, consists of a mass of roasted corn. It is usually eaten at breakfast with cheese and butter and at lunch or meal as an accompaniment.
In any Coffee region town is important to have a cup of coffee, enjoy the nature, the people and friends.
You can find several types of food, besides de typical food, there is fast food, Italian food, Asian food, Spanish food among others. There are not only good restaurants in the city, but also in the countryside, usually these restaurants are of typical food.
The bars are located in the downtown and north zone, some of them are restaurants too. There are few clubs and only outside the city there are clubs with parties that last until early morning.
The shopping zones in Armenia are concetrated in the downtown of the city and malls. The carrera 14 in the downtown has a pedestrian part with stores, it is call the Mall of the open skies (Centro comercial de los cielos abiertos).
Armenia has an urban bus transport system, they are red buses and they are called TINTO. Most of its routes pass through the downtown. This transport communicates almost all the city. There are other small buses called “busetas” with routes within the city, but with final destination in the towns of the department.
The taxis work all day, every day of the week. The base rate is diferent in the nights, weekends and holidays. When going to the airport, an additional amount will be charge, however, the taxi to the airport is affordable. It is recommended to request a taxi by phone or using an app, especially at night.
Pico y placa
The pico y placa is a restriction that exists in some cities of the country to restrict the number of vehicles that circulate in specific areas to improve mobility. The restriction is made according to the last number of the vehicle license plate for days. Vehicles that move through these areas on days that have the restriction can be fined.
In Armenia there is pico y placa in the downtown and in the whole city. The schedules in the whole city the are from 7:30 am to 9:30 am; 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The schedule in the downtown area is from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm.
The downtown area with the pico y placa is between calle 11 y la 25 y las carreras 14 y 20.
The restrictions for the last car plate number in Armenia are: Monday: 1 and 2, Tuesday: 3 and 4, Wednesday: 5-6, Thursday: 7 and 8, and Friday: 9-0. On Saturday, Sunday and holidays there is no vehicle restriction.
The restrictions for the last motorcycle plate number in Armenia are: Monday: 1 and 2, Tuesday: 3 and 4, Wednesday: 5-6, Thursday: 7 and 8, and Friday: 9-0. On Saturday, Sunday and holidays there is no vehicle restriction.
You can arrive by air flying to Armenia – International Airport El Edén or flying to Pereira – International Airport Matecaña (because of its proximity)
The department of Quindío limits with 3 other departments: Valle del Cauca, Tolima and Risaralda, so the city of Armenia is connected with its 3 cities: Ibagué, Cali and Pereira. To travel from Ibagué you have to go through the top of the line, it is recommended to be very careful because some parts of the route are narrow, there are curves and heavy traffic. The route and the road from Cali to Armenia is smooth and almost flat, it has parts of double causeway so that the traffic and the time of travel is easy. The cities of Pereira and Armenia are connected by the highway of the coffee, its route in car can last in average one hour, great part of this is double carriageway and it only has one toll.
By public transport you can go to Armenia to the Armenia Transport Terminal.
When we travel somewhere, we would like to be able to live the maximum of the experiences that it offers us, that’s why we have to keep in mind that the places and cultures that we visit have a care that must be respected and promoted by ourselves. We do not want to disturb, damage or carry out an action that has a negative impact on our visit, above all, we must work and contribute in the conservation and protection of natural sites and cultural heritage.
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