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Coffee, a product from Africa which came to this region of central Colombia in the early twentieth century and spread across the mountains, is a symbol of Manizales culture, the capital of the department of Caldas. The rugged geography of the surrounding area is reflected in the city’s steep streets, from where you can see the peak of Nevado del Ruiz volcano.
What to do in Manizales
Founded on October 12, 1849 by settlers from Antioquia, Manizales is known for hosting a wide variety of cultural events, including the popular fair which takes place every year in January and the Theatre Festival. The city is one of the most important sites for bird watching in the country and has nearby places where travellers can enjoy hot springs.
Manizales is ideal for travellers who to want to immerse themselves in the coffee culture in haciendas where they learn about the cultivation of this grain that has given Colombia worldwide prestige. The city also offers a variety of shopping centres and is close to Los Nevados National Nature Park, one of 26 that cater to visitors wishing to indulge in ecotourism.
ACTIVITIES YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS
Visit the Cathedral and climb up to the dome to see views of the city; bird watching and relaxing in the hot springs of the surroundings are some of the activities which draw visitors to Manizales.