Amenia is the capital of the Department of Quindío, and one of the main cities in the coffee Belt of Colombia. The city was founded on October 14th 1889 by Jesús María Ocampo, who was known as the “Tigrero” (Tiger Killer), as he was a Jaguar hunter. Ocampo bought an extensive terrain where he created a small inn for himself and other pioneers that came from neighboring regions. The city was first known as Villa Holguín in honor of the then president Carlos Holguín Mallarino, but the name was later changed to Armenia in memory to the Armenian Genocide (1915-1923). Many Armenian tourists visit the city for this particular reason.The “City of Miracles” as it is called, benefited itself from highways created early in the XXth century, which allowed the city to easily reach Zarzal and other cities along the Cauca River and allowed it to development as an important trade hub. Armenia was hit badly by a strong earthquake the 25th of January in 1999 but, after 18 years, the city has been rebuilt and is now one of the most visited colombean city by tourists of all parts of the world.
Travel tips for Armenia
If you have planned to move around the regions in Colombia, you might be asked to have the yellow fever vaccine. Other vaccines that you should consider -in case you travel to rainforest areas- are the tetanus vaccine and the hepatitis A/B.The electric current kind used in Colombia is 110-volt AC (110 V), with a frequence of 60 Hz. We recommend you to have a plug adapter if you travel to places that use other voltage to avoid that the electronic devices suffer a short-circuit and don't work.There are both buses and taxis in the city. Some cabs have a taximeter, but if you see it off you'll have to negociate a price beforehand.
Best time to visit Armenia
Armenia is an attractive tourism destination all year long, although you might be interested in visiting between January and March, which is the dry season with the least amount of rain.
Climate in Armenia
Climate in Armenia is warm, with average temperatures above 78.6 ºF. However it is recommended to bring a light coat because temperatures can drop during the night.
Things to do in Armenia
Nightlife in Armenia
Location: #14- a, Cl. 22 #1471 Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Ample club favored by the locals. Has a dance floor and offers cocktails at affordable prices
Where to eat in Armenia
Restaurante La Fogata
Location: Avenida Bolívar 14 #Norte 39 Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Restaurant located north of the city, and has nice decorations and a varied menu. It specializes in meat, and you will be able to order different cuts to suit your taste.
Location: Av. Centenario (Frente al CC Calima) Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Comfy restaurant with a great service and specializes in fusion recipes. It also has a bar and dishes with excellent favors.
The tourist places to see in Armenia are
Plaza de Bolívar
Location: Downtown Hours: All day long Price: Free Entrance Plaza that marks the founding place of the city. It was the first plaza built by the pioneers, and served as a gathering point, market and water provisioning area. It has a bronze statue in honor of Simón Bolívar.
Location: Cra. 19 No. 29 – 30 Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Old train station that was built between 1927 and 1930. This building served as an administrative center for the logistics of the National Railway of Colombia. Its majority has been greatly conserved, including the fine decoration of the original design. It now serves as a cultural center and as a library, and hosts some administrative offices.
Cathedral Inmaculate Mary María Inmaculada
Location: Southeast of Bolivar Plaza Hours: Until noon Price: Unknown Tent shaped temple in the middle of the mountain. Has a modern design that incorporates triangles but keeps the traditional design of a cross shaped plant.
The things to do in Armenia
Quimbaya Gold Museum
Location: Carrera 19 No. 40 N-80 Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Offers visitors an excellent montage of their archeological collection belonging to the pre-hispanic area of Middle Cauca. The Museum obtained the National Architectonic Award of 1986-1987, and was declared a national cultural heritage.
La Secreta Natural Lookout
Location: Cra. 18 #551 Hours: All day long Price: Free entrance La Secreta Ecological Park, an important natural reserve of flora and fauna, made out of the geological fault of Armenia. It crosses the city from south to center.
Typical dishes in Armenia
Dish made of roasted pork and peas accompanied with arepas and a local natilla called ilsulso.
Tongue with Sauce
Tongue seasoned with beer, hogao, laurel, Lengua macerada con hogao, cerveza, laurel, thyme, salt and pepper in a pressure cooker for 45 minutes. It is afterward cut in small pieces, covered in flour and lightly fried. It is then put in a long frying pan and covered with sauce and cooked for 15 minutes. It is served with cilantro, rice or potatoes.
How to reach Armenia
Armenia by train
There isn't a passenger train service that covers a route through Armenia
Armenia by flight
EL Edén International Airport is located 8.1 miles south of Armenia, and operates mostly domestic flights.
Armenia by bus
Armenia has a bus terminal located 1.8 miles from Plaza de Bolivar, in an area with many hotels. Average fare should be no more than 4,000 COP for a cab to the centre.Most common routes are:To Cali (3.30 hours and costs 22 000 COP on average).To Bogotá (8 hours and costs 40 000 COP on average.)To Medellín (6 hours and costs 31 000 COP on average.)To Pereira (1 hour and costs 7 800 COP on average.)
Accomodations in Armenia
We currently don't posses information regarding low priced accomodations in Armenia.
Location: Carrera 13 9-29, 630001 Price: Starting at 102 521 COP Hotel with comfy rooms, that offers free wi--fi and breakfast. Rooms have simple but modern decoration, cable TV and private bathroom. Some rooms also include a balcony.
Isa Victory Hotel Boutique
Location: Carrera 14 No. 21 Norte 47, 630001 Price: Starting at 230 000 COP Hotel with ample and modern rooms with a wood floor. They have TV and wardrobe, and the suite includes a desk and a living room. The hotel has sauna, 24 hour reception, and an international cuisine restaurant. There are also restaurants and shops five minutes away.
Important dates in Armenia
International Festival Entreviñetas
Internacional Festival with conferences and workshops for comic book lovers. Some of the best national and international authors gather for this event.
Cuyabras and Anniversary Feast
Feast in honor of the foundation of Armenia, and the Cuyabras Feast which includes recitals, duets, parades, a beauty pageant, exhibition of crafts among many other cultural activities. There are also music concerts from renowned artists.