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Pereira, Risaralda

Central America is the central geographic region of the Americas. It is variably defined either as being a region of the Americas. Pereira is the capital city of the Colombian department of Risaralda. It stands in the center of the western region of the country, located in a small valley that descends from a part of the western Andes mountain chain. Its strategic location in the coffee producing area makes the city an urban center in Colombia, as does its proximity to Bogota, Cali and Medellin and to the sea and the biggest airport in the whole area. In 2004 it reported a population of 576,329, area is Metro 628 square kilometers,  and elevation 1,411 meters.
The area of Pereira was inhabited, before European colonization, by the Quimbaya tribes. They are famous for their artworks in gold, which are considered among the best productions of pre-Colombian America. The Spanish established their first settlement in the area around the year 1540. The town of Cartago was first founded here and it was then moved around 1691 to the place where it is today.
In addition, the first settlers created a festivity to promote the city, this celebration was made in the anniversary of the city, they decided to name it Harvest Fest and this festivity was promoted widely across the country, and, eventually became a major one, that generated several phrases that still survive in the lexic of colombians as asi no vamos a llegar a ningún Pereira, hicieron su Agosto.
Their points of interest such as Plaza de Bolívar, Viaducto Cesar Gaviria Trujillo, Estadio Hernan Ramirez Villegas, and Matecana City Zoo where is The city zoo is the largest in Colombia and one of the largest in South America and it is internationally recognized for leading investigations in the preservation of animal life. There is a natural history Museum inside the zoo.

Pereira is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in Central America worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place leaves a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justifies the proud cultural tradition of Central America.

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