Fly To Pereira, Colombia
After decades of conflict, Colombia has grown in popularity with tourists and nowadays it’s a fairly safe country to visit. Nestled in a small valley that descends from the western Andes, Pereira is the capital city of the department of Risaralda and is close to a major coffee producing region.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling for recreational purposes do not need a Visa to visit Bogota, Colombia, for up to 90 days. Business travellers, however, will need a Visa, and will need to plan ahead in light of processing times. Either way, you’ll need to make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- There is a South African Honorary Consulate in Bogota, contactable by phone. Phone: + 57 1 214 0397.
See and do
Pereira is well-known for its private and public universities and about a quarter of the city’s population are students. There’s a real European, small city vibe to Pereira and uniquely, the city is just one of eight separate micro-climates in the world which means you can be an area that’s cool and foggy and then move into an area that’s balmy and hot!
Olaya Herrera Park is definitely worth a visit. It lies on a mountain overlooking the city and its coffee rich valleys below. There are incredible 360 degree views of valleys, the city and rivers too. You’ll also be able to see the coffee plantations where the coffee cities of La Virginia and Santa Rosa de Cabal lie.
Pereira is also home to an eco-park, El Cedral. Again there are magical views overlooking the city and towards the mountains. Here you can enjoy nature trails and hiking trails.
There are two main plazas in Pereira: Ciudad Victoria and Plaza Bolivar. You can go here to shop, eat and chat as well as mingle with the locals. And if you’re looking for entertainment, there is both an auditorium and theatres that put on concerts and operas. There are also night clubs, bars and discos aplenty that play all sorts of music particularly along Simon Bolivar – the main avenue.
An absolute must in Pereira is to take a coffee tour and get a taste for true Colombian culture. And for shopaholics there is Victoria Plaza, Pereira Plaza, Bolivar Plaza and Unicentro – malls offering everything from local souvenirs to international merchandise.
Getting around Pereira is easy thanks to the extensive network of busses which connect most parts of the city. There is also a megabus service and taxis which are relatively cheap, provided the meter is running!
Matecaña International Airport – PEI
The largest and busiest airport serving Pereira and the surrounding region, Matecaña Airport is about 8km (25 minutes by car) from downtown Pereira and is Wi-Fi enabled throughout.
Airport Hub: Pereira’s Matecana International Airport (code PEI) is a focus city for Avianca, COPA, LAN Airlines and VivaColombia.