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Coffee Cultural Landscape

Coffee Cultural Landscape
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The Coffee Cultural Landscape comprises 6 landscapes and 18 urban centres within the coffee producing areas in the Andes.

The growing of coffee started here in the 19th century, and currently accounts for 35% of Colombia's total production.

Map of Coffee Cultural Landscape


  • Cultural

Community Reviews

Jarek Pokrzywnicki Poland - 14-Dec-11

First of all - it is not easy to distinguish what exactly was inscribed as Coffee Cultural Landscape - particular coffee farms, land area, towns and villages. All available maps do not show inscribed zone, there are no signs of World Heritage in the places (yet, November 2011) that is for sure inscribed as UNESCO heritage. But for sure the landscapes are spectacular although I haven't seen any difference between inscribed part and non-inscribed.

I was visiting Salamina, passing through Chinchina, travelling around Salento, Manizales, Armenia and Pereira. Those areas are either directly inscribed as WHS (Salamina, Chinchina) or located in close vicinity of Coffee Cultural Landscape. Salamina is truly remarkable (nice colonial town, sourrounded by high mountains, with lovely old houses, one the most interesting places in Colombia). Chinchina looks to be quite ordinary, like many other towns.

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Site Info

Full name: Coffee Cultural Landscape

Unesco ID: 1121

Inscribed: 2011

Type: Cultural

Criteria: 5   6  

Link: By Name By ID

Site History

  • 2011 - Inscribed 


The site has 6 locations.

  • Coffee Cultural Landscape: Zone A
  • Coffee Cultural Landscape: Zone B
  • Coffee Cultural Landscape: Zone C
  • Coffee Cultural Landscape: Zone D
  • Coffee Cultural Landscape: Zone E
  • Coffee Cultural Landscape: Zone F


The site has 6 connections.


  • Cacao: 1% of the landscape is used for cacao cultivation (nom file)


Human Activity


World Heritage Process

  • Controversial at inscription: ICOMOS recommended Deferral - OUV (v, vi) not proven, comparative analysis needed improvement, boundaries/buffer zones needed improvement, serial approach as selelcted not justified. WHC inscribes with push from Bar, Mex, Brz