Aguadas, 78 miles north of Manizales, welcomes travelers with fields of coffee, banana, and sugarcane. This town in the department of Caldas, part of the Colombian People’s Heritage Network, is famous for its iraca palm handicrafts and for hosting the Colombian National Pasillo Festival, which celebrates Andean rhythms.
What to do in Aguadas
The Aguadas Township, founded on July 5, 1808, nestles in the mountains like a cradle over its steep roads. Unique among them is Street Lantern Road (la calle de los faroles), which forbids the passage of cars. Here, visitors climb 144 steps, which are painted to resemble the landscape. An icon of Aguadas is the aguadeño hat, woven with fibers from the iraca palm.
Aguadas is one of 17 cities belonging to the Caldas Coffee Culture Landscape, designated a World Heritage Site on June 25th, 2011. Aguadas is also part of the Colombian People’s Heritage Network. Visitors to Aguadas can learn all about the culture of coffee haciendas and the cultivation of this emblematic bean.
Visitors’ plans include buying handicrafts in iraca palm like the aguadeño hat and visiting Pueblito Viejo (Old Village) to see what nineteenth century towns in Antioquia were like.