Pereira and the Noche de las Mujeres

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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, 250 km west of Bogotà. Every March, Pereira host the “Seguros Bolivar Open”, a Challenger event with a $50,000 prize money. Peculiar in the city is the Noche de las Mujeres: every Friday nights bars, clubs and meeting places are totally reserved to women while men remain at home. The added value, the main asset in the local economy, is concentrated in coffee. 

 Venue. The Corporacion club Campestre de Pereira host the Seguros Bolivar Open on its outdoor clay-courts. The club was founded in 1935 between Pereira and Cartago, offers 20 tennis courts, 2 football fields, swimming pools and a 18-hole golf course and is populated by typical animals like iguanas, parrots or bullfrogs. Inside the club, customers can eat almojabana ( a type of bread made of corn flour with cheese) and bandeja paisa (a Colombian dish characterized by a generous variety of food: red beans cooked with pork, white rice, ground meat, chicharon, fried egg, plantain, chorizo, hogao sauce, black pudding, avocado and lemon).

 Ticket. The organizers decided to grant free entrance to everybody aiming to let more and more Colombians know tennis. Special packages are offered, with fee, to access the corporate area and the hospitality village.

 Transports. Taxis are the only means to cover the 18 kilometres from the Matecaña international airport, just outside the city, and the club. Fees are quite affordable. Public transport, managed by the company Megabus, is well organized with the “busetas”, large buses, and tinier buses that better suits the narrow streets through the centre of the city. Pereira offers also an underground subway. Local authorities, trying to counter the chaos generated by an endemic traffic, ordered to to limit traffic according to even and odd numbers of license plates. People who aren't allowed to go by car have to use the buses or the tube.

 Hotel. Foreign customers can find high quality standards at the Movich Hotel, Habitat Hotel, San Simon Hotel, Visus Spa Hotel.

 Food. Typical dish in Pereira are the Arepa (made of ground corn dough or cooked flour topped or filled with meat, eggs, tomatoes, salad, cheese, shrimp, or fish), the Frijoles (made with black beans and pig's trotter) and the Mazamorra, a drink including  maize grains, crushed with Mortar and pestle, then soaked in water with soda lye and finally cooked until soft.