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Amazing Hot Springs In Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia

Pereira, Termales, Mexican Food, La Florida

Continuing from my previous post. After Jardin, I traveled to Pereira with a short stop at Riosucio. I had breakfast at Riosucio bus station. The lady at the restaurant showed me the coins she had from different parts of the world but Indian currency was missing in her collection. I gave her INR 5 coin and that made her so happy. She even gave me a small discount on breakfast. These kinds of encounters always made my day during travels. Pereira is a city in the Coffee region of Colombia. The coffee region is famous for growing and producing the majority of Colombian coffee which is considered to be one of the best in the world.

 

On the way to Riosucio
An almost empty bus station at Riosucio
A typical Colombian breakfast
Riosucio
On the way to Pereira
Welcome to Coffee region
Pereira
My ex-army friend watching out for me while I take pictures haha
Borojo juice

 

Everyone sleeps here, I just watch

 

PEREIRA

I stayed in the city centre. I met an ex-army guy where I was staying with whom I explored the city centre at night. The guy was too vigilant and overly protective of me. He is the kind of guy who likes to look over his shoulder at regular intervals. Clearly the trait of an army person. Next day, We explored the city together. He taught me many things about the city. It is a cosy city with positive vibes. Due to the pandemic, several places were still closed in the city. In the Post-Quarantine world, things were still opening up slowly. The next day, I decided to visit the Hot Springs(Termales in Spanish) in the nearby town of Santa Rosa de Cabal.

Santa Rosa de Cabal
Hot springs swimming pool
The lip-smacking enchilada


SANTA ROSA De CABAL

I took a bus from Pereira bus station to reach Santa Rosa de Cabal. Half an hour later I reached the quiet town of Santa Rosa de Cabal. From the town, I took another bus to reach Hot springs. The entry fee to the Hot springs was 49000 cop per person which includes access to the waterfalls, washrooms and swimming pools. This hot springs is quite different from the one I visited in Rwanda, East Africa. The amazing thing about this Hot springs is the water of hot springs has been collected into swimming pools. Water in the swimming pools is coming from the hot springs located in the mountains. Since the water of hot springs is too hot, it is mixed with cold water in the swimming pools to make it lukewarm. The nature walk to the origin point of hot springs was closed though due to the Pandemic. It is a great place to relax and rejuvenate even though the entry fee is a bit expensive. After spending half a day there, I returned back to the town of Santa Rosa de Cabal and had a delicious meal at the Mexican restaurant. That meal made my will to travel to Mexico stronger since I was really missing flavourful food in Colombia. Well, I am no fan of Colombian food haha.

La Florida

 

And it starts raining

 

 

 

It was closed 🙁

A coffee break
Nicely decorated cafe
On the way back to the city centre


LA FLORIDA, PEREIRA

The next day, I traveled to the La Florida neighbourhood of Pereira. Half an hour bus ride from the city centre. It is a peaceful and beautiful neighbourhood close to nature. I explored the town and surrounding nature by walk. I went to the nearby river and it started raining heavily. I had a hard time finding a shelter and got almost drenched. Once the rain stopped, the coffee break was a must. I am no big fan of coffee in general but that was one tasty coffee. Subsequently, the sun was out and an hour walk in the sun was sufficient to dry my clothes. I totally recommend visiting this neighbourhood when in Pereira, I wanted to visit Otun Quimbaya Fauna and Flora Sanctuary but it was closed due to the pandemic. Sometimes, it can be disappointing to see things still closed up but I guess I got used to it as it was way better than being in quarantine. On the following day, I traveled to my next destination in the coffee region.

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Hello! My name is Saurabh and I am the voice behind the “An Indian Traveler” blog. I'm a cinephile, travel writer, an avid traveler with a song stuck in my head which I keep humming till ad nauseam :)

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20 Comments

  1. Oh wow! It looks like Santa Rosa just went to the top of my bucket list! I would love to explore the city, the beautiful geography, and get a crack at those hot springs.

  2. This looks like such a neat place to visit. We almost visited Colombia on a trip to South America. It sounds like there is plenty to do in this area.

  3. This looks like a place I need to put on my bucket list. So close to nature and it is stunningly beautiful and so close to such diverse architecture and culture. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  4. Santa Rosa de Cabal looks stunning, and the hot spring is quite a view! I might as well put this on my bucket list! Such a beautiful town!

  5. I visited Colombia coffee region three years ago but I missed Pereira. It seems like a nice place to visit without tourist crowds. I will definitely add it to my travel list once the pandemic is over.

  6. There is so much to explore and discover from the bustling city to the scenic country side…loved this tour! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Wow amazing pictures, had a nice virtual tour through your post. Will surely visit this lovely place one day.

  8. What a gorgeous place! Love all the detailed photos as it made me feel like I took the journey with you! And those biscuits for breakfast! I could get use to that!

  9. I have been all over South America but have yet to make it to Colombia. Now after seeing all these pics I’m going to have to bump it up on my travel list. So gorgeous!

  10. Ahh I miss Colombia so much. There’s so much natural beauty in the country. I can’t wait to visit these hot springs!

  11. Your article makes me miss traveling, even more, I can’t wait until it’s safe enough to get back out there. I have such a long bucketlist to get through 😀

  12. I’ve heard so many great things about Colombia! I really love that it has so much culture. The Hot Springs in Santa Rosa looks amazing! Great photos.

  13. Oh how I miss traveling! Since we are still restricted to travel far. I am just reading blogs about travel, taking inspiration out of it and yeah, adding the places to my bucket list so that I have my destinations in hand when we get back to normal. Can’t wait to visit Colombia!

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