Armenia City Guide
OVERVIEW: Armenia, Colombia. Part of Colombia's coffee triangle (along with Manizales and Pereira). Known for, well...coffee, and not much else. I'll say right off the bat that this is my least favourite out of the three aforementioned coffee cities. If you're in the region and are pressed for time, do Manizales and Pereira. Armenia will be much of the same.
WEATHER: Comfortably warm (18-21 °C). Cooler and more rain than Pereira.
SAFETY: It feels reasonably safe by Colombian standards but exercise caution. If you stand out as an obvious tourist you could be a target after dark. During the day you should be fine. Dress down and don't be too flashy.
MUST DO: Enjoy the nature! Los Nevados National Park is nearby and good for a weekend getaway. Also, drink coffee (obviously).
RENT AN APARTMENT IN ARMENIA: $4o0.00. With the strong US dollar, you should be able to get something basic for that. As I always say, spend more to get more. More Airbnb rentals are popping up around here: a convenient option for a short term stay.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT: $12. Cheap hotels run you about $30ish.
NIGHTLIFE IN ARMENIA: 7/10
I'd give Pereira and Manizales the edge if we're comparing the coffee region cities. I didn't find any hidden gems here in terms of nightlife. Some chain clubs that you'll find throughout Colombia are here too.
I recommend: Maria Juana. Take this with a grain of salt - I'm no expert on nightlife in Armenia
BOTTLE OF BEER: $1.75
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN ARMENIA: 7/10
You're better off in Pereira and Manizales. Manizales is a university town, and Pereira has a reputation for friendly (and slutty) girls. Armenia is more of just a normal city with people doing their thing. People seemed a bit colder here too than other cities in Colombia. Not sure if it was just me. That being said if you speak Spanish (you'll need to here - not many speak English) and aren't too aggressive with your approach, you'll get a positive response. Kissing comes easy in Colombia and here is no different. Girls in Armenia are harder to take to bed than in other Colombian cities though.
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ARE GIRLS HOT IN ARMENIA?: 7/10.
For me, yes. But then again I have a thing for more pale, mountain dwelling Latinas. If darker, curvier girls are more your style, hit up Cali. Not to sound redundant but, again, I'd give Pereira and Manizales the edge for women, if only slightly.
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GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.20 Loaf of Bread= $1.50 Eggs= $2.00 Water (1.5L)= $1.20 Cigarettes= $2.00
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: The good thing about these places is that you can find work an English teacher in some capacity (private, public, freelance). Most teachers go to Medellin and Bogota, so the markets there are crowded. In Armenia you'll have less competition.
TAXI: Should be $2.00 - $4.00 for just about anywhere you'd want to go.
NOTES: Perhaps a 6.75 rating is a bit harsh. It's really not a bad city. It's just that considering you have Manizales and Pereira right next door, there is really no reason to go to Armenia. In my opinion it doesn't offer anything special that you won't find better in the aforementioned coffee triangle cities.
OVERALL RATING: 6.75/10
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