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About Fresno

Fresno is a city located in the Department of Tolima. It was founded in 1574 with the name Santagueda de Calí by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, as a stronghold to better ward off the native Palenques. This establishment remained rather small, but started receiving an important amount of immigrants since 1859, which in turn founded a town named Mosquesada, although in 1857 the name was changed to Fresno (Ash Tree), due to the amount of ash trees in the area, which are now scarce.Nowadays Fresno is mainly known for its avocado, coffee and sugar production, as well as its farming industry.

Travel tips for Fresno

If you have planned to move around the regions in Colombia, you might be asked to have the yellow fever vaccine. Other vaccines that you should consider -in case you travel to rainforest areas- are the tetanus vaccine and the hepatitis A/B.The electric current kind used in Colombia is 110-volt AC (110 V), with a frequence of 60 Hz. We recommend you to have a plug adapter if you travel to places that use other voltage to avoid that the electronic devices suffer a short-circuit and don't work.As with any other city, we recommend you stay close to your personal belongings and don´t stay out on your own late by night.

Fresno weather

Best time to visit Fresno

Fresno is an attractive destination all year long, although you might be interested in visiting the city during the end of october, to coincide with the Anniversary of the City and its related festivities.

Climate in Fresno

The city has a mild climate, with an anual temperature of 68 ºF degrees. Near Fresno you can find more extreme climates: warm climate in Manizales and the freezing cold of the Ruiz Snow Peak. We recommend you bring clothing to match this temperatures if you are interesting in travelling beyond Fresno.

Things to do in Fresno

Nightlife in Fresno

Discobar las Cortinas

Location: CR 9 4 51 Variante
Hours: Unknown
Price: Unknown

Where to eat in Fresno

Finca El Cámbulo

Location: Vía la Sierra
Hours: Unknown
Price: Unknown
Finca with a cafe - restaurant. It is a nice place with an excellent organic coffee.

The tourist places to see in Fresno are

Main Plaza

Location: Downtown
Hours: All day long
Price: Free Entrance
The Plaza is located in the heart of Fresno, and is decorated with a water fountain. It has an Acoustic Shell for performances, and is a gathering point for locals. It is surrounded by the City Palace, the Temple of the Parish of our Lady of the Perpetual Help.

The things to do in Fresno

Practicar Motocross

Location: Polideportivo Alto al Cielo
Hours: Unknown
Price: Unknown
One of the attractions of the city. Fresno has the infrastructure needed for the practice of this sport.

Visitar las Fincas Agropecuarias

Location: Por toda la ciudad
Hours: Unknown
Price: Unknown
Fincas dedicated to agricultural production. You can visit them to learn about the farming process, enjoy a moliente and go for an ecological walk around the countryside. The best known places are Alto del Águila, San Juan River and Piedra Grande.

Typical dishes in Fresno

La Lechona

Dish made of roasted pork and peas accompanied with arepas and a local natilla called ilsulso.

Tamal Tolimense

Made of corn, rice and peas, accompanied by arepas or chocolate.

How to reach Fresno

Fresno by train

There is no passenger train service that currently operates a route through Fresno.

Fresno by flight

Fresno doesn't have an airport. The closest one is located in Mariquita, although it mostly handles domestic flights. The closes International Airport is located in Ibagué, capital of the Tolima Department, just 2 hours away by bus.

Fresno by bus

In order to reach Fresno it is advised to first visit Ibagué, capital of the Department. From there you will also be able to find conecctions to the rest of Colombia.

Accomodations in Fresno

    Hotel Sueño Feliz

    Location: a 7-58, Mariquita-Fresno #7-44
    Horario: n/a
    Precio: n/a

Important dates in Fresno

(30th of October)Feast in honor of the city's founding. Locals host parades and popular dances around the city.
(June)Feast to honor the land and those who work it. A beauty pageant is held and parades are organized through the city.

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