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AVENIDA SANTANDER IN MANIZALES IS THE MAIN PLACE TO EAT, DRINK, GIRL WATCH, HANG OUT, SHOP, GO TO A MOVIE OR JUST HANG OUT. ON THURSDAYS THROUGH SUNDAYS THE STREET AND ITS MANY OUTDOOR CAFES ARE JAMMED WITH YOUNG PEOPLE LOOKING FOR FUN. MOST ARE COLLEGE STUDENTS ATTENDING ONE OF THE SEVEN UNIVERSITIES IN THIS COLLEGE TOWN. THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS ARE TYPICALLY AMERICA LATINA - VIBRANT AND PULSING. IT SOOTHES THE COCKLES OF A MIDDLE AGED MAN'S HEART TO BE ABLE TO SIT AND OCASSIONALLY CATCH A LANGUID LATINA'S EYE. WHAT COULD BE MORE FUN? AND IF THAT ISN'T YOUR BAG, THERE IS MORE, MUCH MORE, TO DO. AT CABLE PLAZA IN THE UPSCALE PALERMO DISTRICT, ONE CAN CATCH A JUST RELEASED MOVIE, FIND A GOOD CUP OF COFFEE OR WINDOW SHOP THE MALL. A TAXI CAN BUZZ YOU DOWN TO A NIGHTCLUB OR MUSIC SPOT. AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE A DATE, GO OVER TO COLOMBIACUPIDO AT CENTRAL COMERCIAL 63, CARERRA 23 NO 63-30 (AVENIDA SANTANDER). CONTACT CUPIDO AT http://www.colombiacupido.com
Dress Code: JEANS, CASUAL OR SPORTY. NO ONE HERE DRESSES UP.
Updated Apr 2, 2007
Address: AVENIDA SANTANDER
Manizales food market is open everyday from early until about 4pm. It is a big oval shaped building in the middle of the intersection of Calle 23 and Carrera 16. On the inside of this building is different meats including cow or pig heads, to pig feet, to horse jaws to any other part of the animal you could imagine. Surrounding the building on the street under umbrellas and canvas is a fruit and veggies type market. And on the south side across the road from the 'oval' building is a herbs and spices market. In this market you can also buy live chickens and eggs.
Anyways, it would be a good place to get cheap food, or, as was my case, just see it all...and reafirm your vegetarian ways. The meat market was gross!
Updated Apr 25, 2007
Address: Calle 23 & Carrera 16
About 2hrs north of Manizales, along a very winding road, is a little village, perched atop a hill overlooking the surrounding areas, called Salamina. Salamina is what they call a 'pueblo paisa', a typical little village in the 'zona cafetera', the coffee growing region of Colombia. It is one of the oldest towns in the region, and due to it's isolation, has been able to maintain a very typical feel.
Most people come here on a daytrip from Manizales. You could also use it as a stopping point to break the journey between Medellin and Manizales, or even spend a few days as I did.
Check out my Salamina page for more.
Updated Apr 26, 2007
Favorite thing: Small city with climate all year round like north European summer.
Fondest memory: Interesting central street. It on the highest land strip and all the sidestreets head steeply downward. You can see horizont on both sides from central street.
Written Mar 28, 2005