One of the trio that makes up the coffee triangle of this spectacular country, Pereira is a valley city in Colombia. The abundance of university students, adding to the population of more than 576,000, give the streets a fresh lease of life with a rich coffee and cuisine culture. Attractions include Matecana City Zoo and Plaza de Bolivar.
Cheap flights to Pereira are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be intrigued by this mesmerising city. Pereira is home to Matecaña International Airport (PEI), located on a convenient, 15-minute drive from the city centre. Matecaña International Airport serves a multitude of airlines, including Avianca Airlines, COPA Airlines and LATAM Airlines Colombia. Popular connecting flights depart from both Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 25 hours.
Popular flights to Pereira
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Pereira
Perfectly located in a lush valley, coffee farms are abundant and you can take a tour on the whole process, ending with a tasting of the freshest, most aromatic Colombian coffee ever.
A speciality of this Colombian city would definitely have to be its variety of local and international dishes. Quick bites to eat include shredded beef sandwiches called arepa with salsa criolla.
With students all around the city, the nightlife scene in Pereira is always alive. Party the night away to the sounds reggaeton and cumbia down the city’s main street, Avenida Simon Boliva.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
Colombian peso (COP)
1 ZAR = 218 COP
Matecaña International Airport (PEI)
Type A / B
Best time to visit Pereira
The city of Pereira experiences a tropical climate with stable, hot temperatures all year and plenty of rain to accompany it. The best time to visit Pereira would be between June and July, and then again between December and February as you will be able to do more activities without being disturbed by the rain. For cheap flights to Pereira, consider visiting in October and November, or March to May.
Weather & Climate in Pereira
Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month
Not a typical tourist destination, Pereira offers authentic Colombian hospitality, mouth-watering food and of course, some of the best coffee in the region. There are numerous universities here resulting in the streets having an energetic, curious feel to it that has often been described as a small European city.
The Plaza Bolivar is in the downtown area and houses one of the country’s most unique cathedrals, the Cathedral of Lady Poverty. After the sun sets and the night lights come on, the city’s main street becomes alive and Avenida Simon Boliva is the place to be. There are some wonderful cafes with food specializing from all of South America, and for those who bring their dancing shoes there are nightclubs playing the latest cumbia and reggaeton hits.
The surrounding areas of the magical valley city offer up a great amount of activities such as horse-riding and hiking. You can also spot some local wildlife such as speckled bears and striped monkeys. As Pereira is part of the Colombian coffee-triangle, do yourself a favour and indulge your senses with a tour of the farms that produce some of the best in the world.
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South Africans who wish to visit Pereira in Colombia can do so without a visa, if you plan on staying for less than 90 days. Just ensure that your passport has at least six months left on it.
For further information, please contact the Embassy of Colombia:
Pereira is a fairly safe, medium-sized city with welcoming residents. There are very few crimes that occur in the city but unfortunately there are quite a bit of homeless people in the downtown area, and pickpockets are not that uncommon. If travelling in the evening it is recommended to travel by registered taxi and to discuss the price up front.
To enter Colombia, you will need to get the following vaccinations: hepatitis B, malaria and Yellow Fever. A tetanus shot is recommended as well.