The Colombian Coffee Culture Landscape is developed in certain coffee producing areas of the foothills of the Western and Central mountain ranges that belong to the Andes mountain range. Different municipalities are part of the Colombian Coffee Culture Landscape. In the framework of the RURITAGE project, two have selected to participate: Salento, of the department of Quindío, and Palestina, of the department of Caldas.
The Colombian Coffee Culture Landscape is a reflection of human adaptation to complex geographic conditions of the region. It is an exceptional example of a sustainable and productive cultural landscape, and it is so unique, that its fields are a strong symbol of tradition for coffee growers worldwide. Due to the variation in its landscapes, its soils and altitudes, each coffee has a particular aroma that defines the area where it was produced, and its technique and process of production is such, that it is consider the softest coffee in the world.
In 2011, the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO inscribed the Colombian Coffee Culture Landscape (PCCC) in its list, considering it a sustainable and productive example of cultural heritage developing a culture associated with the management and conservation and promotion of social capital around the coffee culture and its link with the territory determining its planning and territorial order.
The principal municipality in matter of technical production is Palestina, department of Caldas, due to its altitude and landscapes, making one of the best quality coffee in Colombia. But this coffee culture is no represented only by its coffee production, but also by all the traditions and architecture that surrounds it. One of its most valuable and famous municipalities is Salento, department of Quindío, characterized for its colourful, Spaniard architecture that portrays Antioquian colonization, its organic coffee fields and shops, and the farming places where tourists can see all the coffee production process for themselves, making it one of the best touristic experiences and sites of Colombia.
Highlights and Key facts
Rural Heritage Hub
The Rural Heritage Hub will be located in the House of Culture of the municipality of Palestina, Caldas, and the Town Hall of Salento, Quindío.