If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination in Colombia with history, culture and natural beauty, then Filandia is the perfect place for you. This small town is located in the heart of the coffee triangle and is known for its lush green landscapes and breathtaking views. Filandia’s colonial architecture, charming streets, and welcoming locals make it a prime destination for tourists and locals alike. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Filandia and would recommend it as a must-see destination for photographers who are visiting Colombia.


Filandia - Colombia - Plaza de Bolivar
Plaza de Bolivar – Filandia, Colombia. Image by Erik Magnus.


Filandia was founded in 1878 by Spanish colonizers who were attracted to the fertile land and mild climate of the area. The town was named after the Spanish province of La Rioja, which is where many of the colonizers of Filandia came from. In the early 20th century, Filandia became an important commercial center for the coffee industry. Coffee farming remains an important part of the local economy today. If you want to know more about why Colombian coffee is so special, take a look at this article we published in February of 2021 titled “Colombian Coffee“.

Entrance to Mirador Colina Iluminada
Entrance to Mirador Colina Iluminada. Image by Erik Magnus.


Filandia is located in the Quindio department, in the western region of Colombia. The town is situated on the eastern slope of the Andes mountains at an altitude of 6,380 feet (1,945 meters) above sea level. The surrounding area is characterized by rolling hills, fertile valleys and lush vegetation. The town’s location provides stunning panoramic views of the mountains and valleys below.

Quindio countryside from the Mirador Colina Iluminada observation deck
Image of the Quindio countryside from the Mirador Colina Iluminada observation deck. Image by Erik Magnus.


One of the most popular tourist destinations in Filandia is the Mirador Colina Iluminada (Mirador de Filandia), a lookout point that offers stunning views of the town and surrounding landscape. The observation deck is located at the highest point in the town and can be reached by climbing a staircase that winds its way up the hillside. The view from the top is well worth the climb as you can see from the image above. Another must-see destination in Filandia is Plaza de Bolivar, the town’s central square. The Plaza is surrounded by colorful colonial buildings, including the historic church of Our Lady of the Rosary. It’s a great place to relax and take in the sights and sounds of the town. On weekends, you’ll often find live music and performances taking place in the square.

Local street in Filandia, Colombia
Filandia, Colombia – street view. Image by Erik Magnus.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Filandia and surrounding area, a visit to the Museo del Oro Quimbaya is a must. The museum showcases art and artifacts of the Quimbaya culture, a pre-Colombian civilization that inhabited the area before the arrival of the Spanish. The museum’s collection includes gold jewelry, pottery, and other artifacts that provide a fascinating glimpse into the history of the region. For nature lovers, the Cocora Valley is a must-visit destination. The valley is located about 30 minutes from Filandia and is home to the iconic wax palm tree, the national tree of Colombia. The trees can grow up to 200 feet (60 meters) tall and are a breathtaking sight to behold. The valley also offers opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and bird watching.

Mango tree - Filandia Colombia
Mango tree – Filandia Colombia. Image by Erik Magnus.

Why visit Filandia?

Filandia offers visitors a unique and authentic experience of Colombian culture and history. The town’s colonial architecture, charming streets and friendly locals make it a welcoming and inviting destination. The surrounding landscape is stunning, with rolling hills, verdant valleys and breathtaking views of the Andes mountains. Filandia’s location in the heart of the coffee region also makes it a great base for exploring other nearby towns and cities including Pereira, Santa Rosa, Salento, Manizales and Marsella. But perhaps the most compelling reason to visit Filandia is the opportunity to experience the warmth and hospitality of its people. The town has a strong sense of community and visitors are often welcomed like old friends. Whether you’re sampling the local cuisine, exploring the town’s colonial architecture or simply enjoying the stunning views, Filandia is a destination that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

Filandia, Colombia - image taken from Mirador Colina Iluminada observation deck.
Filandia, Colombia – image taken from Mirador Colina Iluminada observation deck. Photo by Erik Magnus.

Filandia is a destination that should not be overlooked if you’re visiting the coffee triangle. With its rich history, beautiful landscapes and friendly locals, the town offers a unique and authentic experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression. Whether you’re a nature lover, a history buff, or simply looking for a place to relax and unwind, Filandia has something for everyone. There are plenty of attractions to keep visitors busy, but it’s the town’s welcoming spirit that truly sets it apart. The locals take great pride in their community and visitors are often invited to participate in local festivals and events as well.

Church of Our Lady of the Rosary - Filandia, Colombia.
Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. Image courtesy of Erik Magnus.

So, if you’re planning a trip to Colombia and want to experience a destination that is off the beaten path, be sure to add Filandia to your itinerary.

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Erik Magnus

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Erik Magnus is a writer, editor, blogger & webmaster. He is one of the main contributors to Colombia Please & spends a significant portion of each year in the country of Colombia.

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