Colombia’s Eje Cafetero or the Coffee Region—a rural stretch encompassing the three cities of Armenia, Pereira and Manizales—is renowned for producing the best coffee in the world! This gorgeously verdant plantation territory, home to rich Arabica coffee beans, is overlooked by majestic Andean mountains. Locally known as Eje Cafetero, you will be amazed at the profusion of indigenous produce such as bananas, cacao, plantain, pineapple, avocado and a cornucopia of exotic fruits native to the region. The region is also a paradise for nature and bird lovers, with numerous exotic plant and birdlife all around. Cozily nestled amid the verdant mountainscape, Cocora Valley with its wax palm tree forest, is arguably the best botanical garden in Colombia, complete with an originally preserved forest area and a butterfly sanctuary. Coffee tasting trips offered by a host of plantations are a must-try while visiting the area. The next best thing is the variety of adventure sports and leisure activities amid the vast plantations.