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By Air

Matecana International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in the region.Receives domestic flights of Avianca, Aires,COPA Colombia (Former AeroRepublica),ADA airlines, Easy Fly, Aexpa, etc.Domestic non-stop flights go to Bogota, Medellín (Olaya Herrera domestic airport), Cartagena, Barranquilla, Cali and San Andres island.There are daily international direct flights to Panama City as well These are operated by COPA Colombia and Aires.The flight to Miami has a short stop in Cartagena.

By Bus

Currently buses run in and out of Pereira's main station,Terminal de Transporte de Pereira.The station is clean and has standard amenities.Multiple bus companies have regular routes to destinations around the country.To get there from the airport you can take a taxi ride.

By Car

Pereira is about 6 hours from Bogota by car, in the Bogota-Melgar-Ibague-Armenia road.The trip is about 4 hours from Medellín and 3 hours from Cali (Pereira-Cartago-Buga-Cali).

Key places to visit
Matecana City Zoo, Los Nevados National Natural Park, Cesar Gaviria Trujillo Viaduct, La Pobreza


Places to Visit

Matecana City Zoo

Is located in Pereira, Colombia, the work of the Society of Public Improvements Pereira, who on January 26, 1951, through a management buy the 17 hectares (42 acres) of farm Matecana.The initial goal was to build a football stadium, but the ground was not considered useful for this, and decided to spend at a botanical garden and playground.Currently the zoo is at its Matecaña master plan renovation of facilities that aim to change cages by plant more closely resemble the natural habitats of the animals exhibited originating ecosystems, providing a better quality of life for animals and a better understanding to the community who daily visit.The zoo has a collection of 800 individuals from 150 different species, between birds, mammals and snakes from Americas, Africa and Asia, plus some endemic animals. In the garden there is also a great diversity of flora endemic and native to the area.

Los Nevados National Natural Park

Is a national park located in the Cordillera Central of the Colombian Andes.The 5,300-meter high volcano Nevado del Ruiz is dominating Los Nevados.Out of the 55 protected areas in Colombia,Los Nevados National Natural Park was the third most visited in 2009, with 50,045 visitors.The most visited was the Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park followed by the Tayrona National Natural Park.

Cesar Gaviria Trujillo Viaduct

Is a cable-stayed bridge connecting the neighboring cities of Pereira and Dosquebradas in Risaralda, Colombia.It is one of the longest cable-stayed bridges in South America and, at the time of its completion in 1997, ranked 20th in the world.The bridge has a total length of 440 meters, including a central span of 211 meters.There are four traffic lanes and two sidewalks, giving a total width of 26 meters.There are two towers that have a height of 56 meters above the deck, which in turn has a maximum height of 55 meters above the Otun River.

La Pobreza

In this city it's easy to see why the Spanish would choose locations high up for planting cities,and why the later Colonialists from Medellin and State of Antioquia who founded this city choose this relatively high location to mount a new city 130 years ago.The climate is moderate and very healthy, and nothing like the humidity and heat you'll find in valleys down below.

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