Risaralda is a department in the Andino region of Colombia. It is located in the western central region of the country. Its capital is Pereira.
Risaralda was divided from the department of Caldas in 1966. Risaralda is very well known for the high quality of its coffee, and a booming industry: clothes, food, trading of goods and services. An important touristic, commercial, and business center.
The territory is very mountainous and has many kinds of climate in a very small area. Its proximity to harbours like Buenaventura on the Pacific Ocean and to the biggest cities in Colombia – Bogotá, Cali, Medellín – it a fast growing economic center.