Why Manizales

Why Manizales?

  • One of the safest cities in the safest region of the country
  • Cited by experts among best cities in the world to learn Spanish
  • Premier university city in Colombia (4 universities)
  • Friendly people, population of 450,000
  • ‘Eternal Spring’ climate
  • Capital city of the world famous Colombian ‘Coffee Triangle’
  • Excellent local excursions such as hot springs, Ruiz Volcano, and numerous coffee farms
  • Manizales has professional soccer and basketball teams “Once Caldas”
  • Manizales Carnival in January, major Colombian festival, host bullfights, beauty pageant, parades, orchestra concerts, craft shows

Sample Excursions 

  • Salento-small town in coffee region, home of iconic “wax palm” trees
  • Pereira-University city in coffee region, 1 hr from Manizales
  • Medellin-cosmopolitan city, 4 hrs from Manizales
  • Armenia-university city in coffee region, 1.5 hr from Manizales
  • Manizales hot springs (2)
  • Ruiz Volcano- right outside Manizales
  • Coffee tour
  • Antonio’s ranch house just outside Manizales
  • Lost City of Colombia- 5-day jungle/mountain trek, Caribbean coast


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