The first time I ever went to Parque del Cafe was when I was around 12 years old. This has been a staple for me to visit anytime I’m back in my mother’s hometown, Cali. Which is about 3-ish hours away from the park.
This is hands down the best amusement park in all of Colombia. Although it is called “Coffee Park” there aren’t a lot of coffee samples sadly. The focus of the park is to provide guests with historical dances, rides for kids, exhibits, and being surrounded by coffee plants all around. The museum does hold some coffee tasting at the end so be sure to check that out if you’re a coffee connoisseur. You’ll be surrounded by big bushes of fresh coffee being grown and a replica Colombian town.
We decided to go to the park by taking a bus which is the most cost friendly way. If you’re starting from Cali, ask your taxi driver to drop you off at the Cali bus station, where you will ask around and see which buses will take you to Armenia. From there, you will hop on another bus which takes you to the park. Just ask somebody where to buy tickets for certain locations and they will guide you to the proper ticket line.
Keep in mind that this is the bus that all the locals will take, so it will be potentially crowded and you will be making stops for people to get on and off.
Here’s the driving directions taken from their website: Take the 19 race to the south and turn off to the right, on 25th street towards Montenegro (right in the old train station). Continue along this road until you reach Montenegro and there look for the exit to Pueblo Tapao. At kilometer 5 you will find the main entrance of the Coffee Park.
Once you arrive to the park, you’ll walk down a ramp where you can buy the tickets. The tickets go for $63,000 pesos which is $20 USD.
Inside the park you’ll have an adventure waiting for you! They have water rides, roller coasters, and more. The most important thing to remember is that there’s a show that performs once a day right at 11 am. Make sure you get in line early, the place fills up quickly and the center front area is the best place to view the show.
There are two food courts located inside the park and we were thankfully able to find some vegan options. The first is subway which offers veggie sandwiches, but make sure you order the vegan bread they offer at all Subways. The other would be Comida Tipica were you get rice, beans with yam chunks, plantains and arepa.
After you enjoying your time at the park, make your way to this area and get on the white bus, Rapido Quindio. Take it all the way down to the end and you’ll end up at the Montenegro bus station. Keep in mind that in Colombia, you pay after your ride on the bus.
If taking buses is too stressful for you, then don’t worry! There are tour companies you can take that will guide you around the park or you can take a taxi as well. It will be more expensive, but definitely faster than a bus. We went around Christmas time so the direct Taxi was way too expensive for our budget.
Here’s a great tour company that includes lunch, transportation, and more. 🙂 https://colombiatours.travel/en/reserva/parque-del-cafe/
We hope you enjoyed our little guide on how to make it to Parque del Cafe!