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About Quimbaya

Renowned for the Candles and Lanterns festival, Quimbaya is a place of natural beauty with a strong sense of its agricultural heritage. Situated in the West of Colombia, the name Quimbaya derives from the civilization of the same name that inhabited the area pre-Colombia. Visit in December to witness the lighting arrangements that draw visitors from around the world! We’ve selected the best places to stay in Quimbaya to enjoy the festival and everything else this area has to offer!

With stable temperatures, Quimbaya has fairly reliable weather year round. However, if you want to minimise the chances of rain, aim for January, February, July and August.

What not to miss:

  • Candles and Lanterns festival - Held on the 7th and 8th December, go to bask in the light of over 40,000 lanterns in honour of the Virgin Mary and the Immaculate Conception.

  • Panaca National Park - Visit the National Park of farming culture. There are shows and interactive attractions. If you want to try your hand at milking a cow, this is the place for you!

  • Parque Los Arrieros - They take their national parks with a theme in Quimbaya, and Los Arrieros is all about mules! It’s safe to say you’ll never have been anywhere else like it.

  • Balsaje la Berraquera - Rafting, with a twist. Meander down the beautiful stretch of national park in the traditional bamboo boats and hold on tight as you go over the rapids!

And for the best places to stay in Quimbaya:

For a Grown-up getaway

  • Hacienda Buenavista is an adults only lxuury reetreat which sits in a rural setting and offers fantastic views and five star comfort. Plus fabulous food with a daily changing menu. A great place to explore from.

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Best Hotels in Quimbaya

  • Hacienda Buenavista 5 rooms from $241

    Quimbaya (Quindío)

    The 5* Hacienda Buena Vista enjoys a rural setting in Quimbaya and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Enjoy privacy and space when you stay in one of their five individual suites and curl up in the library with a good book after a day out exploring. A first-rate countryside escape!

    Great walks  -  Stroll through the luscious gardens or pop down to their beautiful 10 metre waterfall just a short walk away!
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only
    Outstanding location
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
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