Pitalito holds the distinction of being the second most significant municipality in Huila, following Neiva, the capital. It serves as the gateway to the Macizo Colombiano, an area where the Andes branch into the three Colombian mountain ranges, cordilleras, and it is the birthplaces of five major rivers in Colombia. Nestled within a valley known as Laboyos, Pitalito is surrounded on one side by the Valley of Rio Grande de la Magdalena. The interplay and influence of the Magdalena River give rise to a diverse range of microclimates, playing a pivotal role in shaping the multifarious flavor profiles found here. Notably, Pitalito claims the title of being the Colombian municipality with the highest coffee production. Furthermore, the region is characterized by ancient oaks, mountain springs, and expansive forest reserves.
Caravela’s presence in Pitalito dates back to 2004 when the company initiated collaboration with 30 local producers. The coffee growers contributing to La Magdalena epitomize values of conservation, cultural preservation, sustainable farming practices, and community engagement. La Magdalena stands as a testament to the notion that coffee farmers can enrich their quality of life through the cultivation of exceptional coffee.
1,300 – 1,900 MASL