Manizales, the heart of the coffee zone and the capital of Caldas, is a delightfully pleasant city ringed by breathtaking Andean landscapes. It’s all about the nature here, and hikers, trail walkers and outdoors enthusiasts will be right in their element in and around Manizales.
Easily accessible from any of the major cities of Colombia, the student city of Manizales is the gateway to the famous Los Nevados National Park and is surrounded by beautiful eco-parks, thermal hot springs, enchanting traditional towns and working coffee farms.
Before you take off to explore the surrounding region, be sure to make a trip to see the breathtaking views from the Los Colonizadores Park that spread out beneath you over the coffee plantations so indicative of this part of Colombia and that on a clear day offer glimpses of snowcapped peaks.
Spend some time in downtown Manizales in the Plaza de Bolivar, buzzing with life, before wandering through barrios of republican era architecture and finally, while visiting the Cathedral you can´t miss going to the top, commonly known as “El Corredor Polaco” where and you’ll find e a beautiful sight over the city.
- Los Yarumos Ecological Park and the Oschid Forest in Recinto del Pensamiento
- Hiking in the Los Nevados National Park
- Wandering through the Rio Blanco Ecological Reserve