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Manizales was founded by a group of 20 antioquians on October 12, 1849, in the middle of a civil war. Even though it is the capital city of the department of Caldas and the most important city in the nation’s coffee region, Manizales is still physically part of Antioquia, the region where Medellín reigns supreme. This city’s culture has a strong Spanish influence, but its initial homogeneity has been tempered by other ethnic groups migrating to the city to attend its outstanding universities. Tango and rumba are the dances of choice here, and jazz is widely enjoyed as well.

Because of the climate, culture and landscape, Manizales resembles San Francisco, California, with its trendy eateries, chilled-out lifestyle and proximity to the outdoors. At 2,150 meters (7,054 ft), this city has a cool factor all its own. While the city’s commercial center around Plaza Bolívar is a historical area, the university district and Zona Rosa show how Manizales can keep up with the times. The city’s harmonious blending of old and new makes it a pleasant place to spend a few days.


Other places nearby Manizales: Pereira, Armenia, Pijao and Salento.

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Things to do in Manizales

La Basilica

121961The two bronze doors at the front entrance of La BasĂ­lica tell the story of this neo-Gothic church. This religious center was first built in 1854, but was destroyed in an earthquake in 1878. The ...
Manizales, Colombia

RĂ­o Blanco Ecological Reserve

This well-organized eco-park is ready for a high volume of tourists, but few foreigners make the time to visit it. The water of RĂ­o Blanco is considered some of the purest in the world, and 35 ...
City Park
Manizales, Colombia

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden in the university district is yet another great place to spend a sunny day. There are plenty of colorful flowers and fauna to admire, as well as benches to sit on to read or ...
City Park
Manizales, Colombia

Recinto del Pensamiento

This cloud forest with a biotic and hydroid resource has several walkable ecological trails, a butterfly farm, an orchid garden and a gorgeous bamboo pavilion. The café in the park sells Buendia ...
City Park
Manizales, Colombia

Los Yarumos Ecological Park

Los Yarumos Ecological Park is a lush, green forest reserve situated in the city’s surrounding cloud forest. Visitors can enjoy trails and lovely views of the countryside, and can even participate ...
City Park
Manizales, Colombia

Tierra Viva

Tierra Viva is a private agricultural and ecological park where you can rest, take part in some outdoor activities, and learn about nature and the cultural values associated with this area of the ...
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