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. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad! Because Manizales and Pereira are great. It’s just that, if you’re in the region and are pressed for time, do Manizales and Pereira. Armenia will be much of the same. If I had to make a judgement, I’d also say the women here are slightly less attractiveness than the aforementioned other cities of the coffee region.
DATING IN ARMENIA, COLOMBIA
You’re better off in Pereira and Manizales. Manizales is a university town, and Pereira has a reputation for friendly (and easy) 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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WOMEN IN ARMENIA, COLOMBIA
For me, yes — women in Armenia are attractive. 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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RENT AN APARTMENT IN ARMENIA
$300.00. 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.
NIGHTLIFE IN ARMENIA
I’d give Pereira and Manizales the edge if we’re comparing the coffee region cities. I didn’t find any hidden gems in terms of nightlife in Armenia, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any! 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
IS ARMENIA, COLOMBIA SAFE?
Armenia 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.
COST OF LIVING IN ARMENIA, COLOMBIA
The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.
*Figures are listed in USD
You’ll need a minimum of $640 USD/month to live in Armenia, Colombia
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.
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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