When you arrive in Santa Rosa de Cabal, you’ll find a busy town with a lot of activity. The streets are full of people, and there are many shops, restaurants, and cafes to explore.
With one-way streets, traffic congestion is common in the bustling town. But, what brings in the people?
Well, Santa Rosa de Cabal is a commercial and manufacturing hub for agricultural products grown in the surrounding area. In addition, silkworms are grown in the municipality, which produces silk that is used in the textile industry.
Lastly, gold, silver, and mercury mines nearby provide jobs for many of the town’s residents.
What to do in Santa Rosa de Cabal?
Unlike other tourist spots, when visiting Santa Rosa de Cabal, there isn’t a lot to do. If you’re going to Salento, you will explore the breathtaking Cocora Valley.
However, the town itself doesn’t have much besides the hot springs further up in the mountains. The thermal baths are one of the most popular attractions in town, and many people come to take a dip in the relaxing waters.
While there isn’t a big hiking rock like El Penol, you can still find some small hiking trails near the baths.
However, the town of Santa Rosa de Cabal is big enough that it offers some good shopping and dining options. If you’re staying in town for a few days, be sure to explore the different streets and try some of the delicious food!
What is the Weather Like in Santa Rosa de Cabal?
Since it’s near the Andes Mountains, the weather in Santa Rosa de Cabal is fairly mild. You can expect the average temperature to be in the low 70s Fahrenheit (low 20s Celsius).
However, it can get chilly at night, so be sure to pack a jacket!
If you come during the summer months, expect rainfall when visiting Santa Rosa de Cabal due to being in the Andes mountain range. However, the town experiences very little rainfall during the dry season from December to March.
For those who want sunny skies, the dry season might be a better time to visit.
When is the Best Time to Visit Santa Rosa de Cabal?
The best time to visit Santa Rosa de Cabal is during the dry season, from December to March.
The weather is mild, and there is very little rainfall. However, if you want to experience the thermal baths, you can visit any time of year as the temperature of the water is always warm!
But if you want to see the Termales Santa Rosa de Cabal, then the easiest way to get there is by taking a bus from Pereira.
You can make it in an hour, depending on traffic. Like Santa Rosa de Cabal, Pereira is a busy city, and the traffic can be a nightmare. Another option is to get a taxi or Uber from Pereira, which is more expensive but will save you time.
How Do You Get to the Hot Springs from Santa Rosa de Cabal?
Unless you have family or friends who live in Santa Rosa de Cabal, then you’re probably visiting for the Termales at Santa Rosa de Cabal.
The good news is that the hot springs are only 10 kilometers from town and very easy to get to! If you don’t have your own transportation, you can easily take a bus or taxi from Santa Rosa de Cabal.
In addition, you can hop on a Jeep taxi, which is a popular mode of transportation in Colombia.
Jeeps are cheap and can navigate through traffic easily. The prices are also relatively inexpensive, so it’s a great option if you’re on a budget!
I recommend going to the hot springs early in the morning as it gets crowded later in the day. If you want to experience the hot springs without all the people, then I recommend going on a weekday.
Where to Eat When Visiting?
You’ll find that there are several quick and easy places to eat when visiting Santa Rosa de Cabal.
Typically, the quick spots revolve around fried or rotisserie chicken. The food at these places comes in large portions and is good value.
Is the Tap Water Safe to Drink in Santa Rosa de Cabal?
In any new country, drinking water is always a concern. However, the good news is that the tap water in Santa Rosa de Cabal is safe to drink!
I had no issues drinking the water straight from the faucet and never got sick. However, if you’re still concerned about water quality, you can always buy bottled water.
Either way, you’ll be fine!
What to Pack When Visiting?
Packing for any trip can be a daunting task but don’t worry; packing for Santa Rosa de Cabal isn’t too bad!
First, the weather there is relatively warm year-round, so you won’t need to pack too many heavy clothes. A light jacket or sweater should suffice for the evenings. Plus, a raincoat should be in your suitcase as it does rain occasionally.
Second, since you’ll be spending time in the hot springs, you’ll want to pack a bathing suit.
We also recommend packing some quick-dry clothes so you can change into something else after your time in the water.
Finally, make sure to pack comfortable shoes as you’ll be doing a lot of walking!
How to Get to Pereira Airport from Santa Rosa de Cabal
The easiest way to head back to Bogota, Medellin, Santa Marta, or Cartegena is by flying out of the Pereira Airport. The Pereira Airport is located about 45 to 60 minutes from Santa Rosa de Cabal.
The best way to get to the airport is by taking a taxi or an Uber. Both will be close to the same price and will get you to the airport in plenty of time for your flight.
We paid 50,000 COP for our Uber to the airport, which is about $12 USD.
If you want to take a taxi, then I recommend going to the plaza to flag one down. There are always taxis parked there, and it will be easier to negotiate a price.
All You Need to Know About Visiting Santa Rosa de Cabal
Now that you know all there is to see and do in Santa Rosa de Cabal, it’s time to start planning your trip!
The busy town is home to hardworking people, and there are a lot of cultures to experience.
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