The volcano is part of Los Nevados National Natural Park, which also contains several other volcanoes. The summit of Nevado del Ruiz is covered by large glaciersIt is very special experience to go up through all the different climate and vegetationsNevado del Ruiz has been active for about two million years, since the early Pleistocene or late...more
Finally we arrived at Refugio del Ruiz, the end of the road, about 10 km from La Brisas. Refugio del Ruiz is situated at 4800 metres and here there is a bathroom and opportunity to buy water and warm drinks. There is no accommodation. Our guide said we were walking up to the Colombian flag further up. I had to ask if that was at 5100 metres because...more
We made two more photo stops. One was at Chalet Arenales, a place about 3 km from the park entrance at La Brisas. We did not enter in the red house, but here there are accommodation with dorm beds. Chalet Arenales is situated at 4150 metres and here vegetation is very sparse, there are mostly some grass.more
Our next stop was at La Brisas, which is the entrance to the national park. Here you pay the entrance fee if you come on your own. We were shown a film about national parks in Colombia and a guide talked about Los Nevados. There are bathrooms and a counter where you can buy snacks, water and warm drinks. At La Brisas there is basic accommodation...more
The bus was going to take us to 4800 metres, but along the way it is necessary to make stops to acclimatize the body to the height. We made some photo stops and one was at Laguna Negra. The lake is situated at 3760 metres and has glacial origin. It is a beautiful view.By the road a man was selling gloves, caps, scarves and warm clothes. Something...more
We drove along the Manizales - Bogotá road and it was mostly going uphill. After 29km, at La Esperanza, there is a fork to the right leading to the national park. Before continuing we stopped at Restaurante Lucho for breakfast. We got a fried egg, an arepa and hot chocolate. If you haven’t brought any snacks you can buy some here. It can be good to...more
After having been on higher elevation we stopped at Hotel Termales for a late lunch and to use the thermal baths. First we had lunch. We got soup and a main course and it was good and filling. Then we went to the changing room to change to swim wear. We were told not to leave anything in the changing room, but to bring everything to the pool. The...more
Los Nevados National Parque is 583 square kilometres big and stretches over four departments; Caldas, Risaralda, Tolima and Quindio. The altitude in the park range from 2600 metres to 5325 metres so there are different biotopes. You can find humid cloud forest, open highland (páramo) and at the highest altitudes snow. There are several volcanic...more
The Cathedral in Manizales doesn’t look like other churches in Colombia. It is built in a neo-Gothic style and was constructed between 1928 - 1939. The two churches that had stood on the site before had been destroyed in an earthquake and a fire. The present church has got four towers, which are dedicated to the saints Mark, Paul. Inés and Francis....more
The Gold Museum in Manizales is small, but have got a nice collection of gold and ceramic items. The artefacts are of the Quimbaya people. On the wall outside the gold room there is an interesting drawing showing the topography of Colombia, from west to east (at the latitude of Manizales I guess). There is also a library.The museum is situated on...more
This is the main shopping street of Manizales. It makes a pleasant walk popping in and out of shops and eateries, from the Catedral to Parque Caldas, Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepcion and Centro Comerical Parque Caldas.In the evening, there might be street musicians at Parque Caldas.more
On a little hill, in the south-west side of town, there is an interesting sculpture of Los Colonizadores with men and horses and flags and capes. There is another intriguing and intricate sculpture with a mixture of miniature architecture and cows (or something to that effect).This is actually my favourite site here in Manizales. It is also a...more
The cathedral is a gigantic Gothic-style building. Its main tower, 106m high, makes it the highest church tower in Colombia.The present building is the third church to be erected here, as the first 2 had been destroyed by earthquakes and flames. Now, this church is constructed with reinforced concrete.In front of the church is the spacious Plaza de...more
This church sits on the east side of the Caldas Park. It is a newer church, due to Manizales constantly being destoyed by earthquakes there are not many historical buildings left in the city.Anyways, it supposedly has a nice wood carved interior, however I was not able to enter the church.more
Following Manizales main street, Carrera 23, east will take you to Parque Caldas. This is a nice little park, with a church and a fountain and all the usuals. On the north of the park is a large shopping centre called Centro Comercial Parque Caldas, there are entrances on street level, or there is also an entrance, by way of pedestrian bridge, to...more
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After visiting the cathedral and Gold Museum I wanted to have a fresh fruit salad. Next to Pompy’s, where I had had lunch, there was a place selling pastries and fruit salads. I went in and asked for a fruit salad. I said I only wanted to have fruits, not cheese or the sweet milk they so often add to the fruit salads in Colombia.Well, the fruit...more
I had arrived to Manizales before lunch, left my luggage at the hostel and went in to the city for lunch and sight-seeing. I looked for a nice place with comida corriente (cheap set meal). I couldn’t find anything else than fast food places and went to Pompy’s, which had a sign outside for the lunch offer: Rollo de Pollo for 7400 pesos (July 2008)....more
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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.
There are not as many buses from Salento to Pereira during the week as there are during the weekend. I made sure the day before that I knew when they were leaving in the morning. There was a bus leaving the square at 8.30 and a few minutes after I stopped it at the corner near the fire station. The ticket was 4700 pesos (July 2008) and the journey...more
If you are staying at Mountain House in Manizales you can take a bus to the terminal, but as it was the time when people went to work and I had a lot of luggage I decided to take a taxi instead. The taxi had a taximeter and it was 5120 pesos to the terminal. At the terminal I bought a ticket for Medellín with the company Empresa Arauca. The bus was...more
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!
A highlight of the Feria held every year, is the annual International Reina De Cafe Beauty Pageant (Miss Coffee Beauty Pageant, due to Manizales being in the coffee growing region of Colombia) held during the Feria. It is basically your typical beauty pageant 'we want world peace and we'll acheive it by prancing around in our bikinis in front of a...more
The Feria de Manizales, or Fair of Manizales, has been held every year (except 1980, due to an earthquake) since it's inception in 1954. It takes place from the beggining of January (2007 started on the 5th, though I don't know if that is the same day every year), and lasts for two weeks.During the festival the streets are packed with revellers...more
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.
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.