Manizales is the coffee capital of Colombia. Located near the Nevado del Ruiz volcano, it was founded the 12th of October in 1949 in a territory previously occupied by the Quimbaya culture. The city was affected by the battles of the civil wars that followed the independence of Colombia, and various factions fought over control of the city on more than one ocassion.Manizales garnered more attention following the separation of Panama, which motivated the instalation of railways that connected the city with the rest of the country, which boosted its economic development.The city is renowned for producing one of the best coffees in the whole world. Since the last half of the XXth century, Manizales became a hub for many superior education institutions, which in turn made the city an attractive place for students. It hosts several cultural events, as well as several museums, which combined with natural sightseeing areas and a well preserved historical heritage, make the city an interesting tourism destination.
Travel tips for Manizales
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.
Best time to visit Manizales
The best time to visit Manizales is at the beginning of the year when the Feria de Manizales takes place. There is bullfighting shows and the International Coffee Queen beauty pageant.
Climate in Manizales
Climate in Manizales is warm, with heavy rain during most of the year. Average temperature is 60°F.
Things to do in Manizales
Manizales is a city within the Coffee belt. It offers several cultural activities as well as international festivals of theater and rock, as well as the Feria de Manizales. A tourist attraction is the Nevado del Ruiz, which sits at 5.321 m a.s.l. You should also visit the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Basilica, the Ecopark Los Alcázares Arenillo and the Plaza Bolívar.
Nightlife in Manizales
Juan Sebastian Bar
Location: Carrera 23 #6366, Zona Rosa A really good place for an after-office and to enjoy a good chat with a few drinks.
Location: Vía al cerro de oro A place where you can enjoy the best rumba in town.
Coffee Club Manizales
Location: Carrera 23b 64-32 A great place that sometimes has live music for you to enjoy
Where to eat in Manizales
Ubicación: Cruce de Carrera 23 con Calle 65 Un buen lugar para probar chicharrones y frejoles locales
Restaurante Casa Grande
Ubicación: Cl. 65 #23b-30 Excelente sazón a un precio módico
The tourist places to see in Manizales are
Cathedral Basilica Nuestra Señora del Rosario
Location: Plaza Bolívar Stunning neogothic building. It is the tallest Cathedral of Colombia, as well as the tallest building in the city. The original Basilica was lost in a fire, and was rebuilt in 1939.
Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Rosario
Location: Barrio Chipre west of the city A replica of the original cathedral that was lost in the fire of 1926.
Location: Downtown , Main Plaza of Manizales. Within lies the renowned Bolivar Condor Sculpture, as well as mural paintings from master Guillermo Botero. The main buildings surrounding the Plaza are the Town Hall, the Hotel Escorial and the Basilica.
The things to do in Manizales
Location: Crossing of Carrera 23 with Calle 24 Owned by the Banco de la República, is one of the many gold museums and exhibits the pre-hispanic roots of the Caldas region, mainly pieces of Quimbaya craftmanship.
Interactive Museum of Cience and Technology
Location: Carrera 25 in front of the Palogrande Stadium The museum aims to motivate the study of cience: there are games for both children and adults. It its owned and operated by the National University.
Location: University of Caldas, Hosts more than 3700 pieces of ceramics, most of them being crafts of the pre-hispanic times. It is one of the most important collections in the region.
Plaza de Toros
Location: Downtown Stunning plaza where bullfights are held. It is also used as a sport complex and for hosting music concerts.
Typical dishes in Manizales
Plato representativo de toda la región. Se le conoce por su abundancia y su variedad de alimentos: incorpora salchichas, frejoles, plátano frito, arroz, huevos fritos, entre otras cosas.
Masa de maíz asado que se rellena y acompañado con carnes u otros ingredientes.
How to reach Manizales
Manizales by train
There is no passenger train service that stops by Manizales in present day Colombia.
Manizales by flight
Manizales has an airport called La Nubia, which is used exclusively for domestic flights. An international airport is under construction in the town of Palestina, located within the metropolitan area and just 25 minutes away from Manizales.
Manizales by bus
There are frecuent trips from Manizales to other cities in Colombia. The Bogotá route lasts about 7 hours on average.
Accomodations in Manizales
Aquí me quedo Hostal
Location: Calle 67 Nro 23A-33 Alto Palermo Located 3 blocks away from shops, banks, bars and restaurants. Offers rooms with free wi-fi and a varied breakfast.
Location: Calle 66 # 23b-91, 170001 Has a restaurant and hammocks. Free wi-fi and also private parking.
Hotel Buena Montaña
Location: Carrera 23# 21-57 centro, 170001 It's situated less than one mile away from Cable Vía and 2,2 miles away from the Yarumos air cable. Offers free wi-fi in all rooms and hosts can enjoy cable through each room's TV.
Hotel Estelar las colinas
Location: Carrera 22 No 20 20 4 star hotel with ample lodgings, free wi-fi and parking and a bar which specializes in exotic coffee types.
Ubicación:Calle 63 No. 20-60, 170002 Millenials allows you to rent flats of different sizes to suit your needs. They come with furniture, TV and all you might require to make your stay as pleasant as possible.
Important dates in Manizales
Feria de Manizales
It's the biggest Feria of Manizales. There is bullfighting, the Reinado Internacional del Café Beauty Pageant as well as sports tournaments and music concerts.
Manizales Grita Rock
International music festival and is renowned for hosting more than 30 000 people
International Theater Festival
Oldest and one of the most important theater festival of the continent.