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Discover Manizales Tour

Created with Sketch. Manizales, Caldas, Colombia
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Duration

3 days / 2 nights

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

4 people

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Languages

English, French, Spanish

Overview

Looking for the coffee culture vacation of your dreams? Known as “the city of open doors,” Manizales is famous for its friendly yet polite local vibe. Climb to the top of Colombia’s tallest cathedral. Spend your time soaking up stunning Andean mountain scenery as you hike out in the forest. Later, spend an afternoon drinking world-class coffee.

You will take a Manizales city tour followed by a night at a luxury hotel – be sure to get a good night’s sleep! On the second day, you will hike in Parque de Los Nevados followed by relaxation in volcanic thermal baths. That night you will spend the night at an authentic coffee farm.

Come Discover Manizales.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Manizales city tour // Night at Quo Quality
  • Day Trip to Los Nevados, Termales del Otoño // Night at Hacienda Venecia
  • Hacienda Venecia // Private coffee tour // Afternoon free for hike, birding or transfer.

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Day One – Manizales City Tour
Day One – Manizales City Tour

For the first day of the tour we will explore the city of Manizales. The trip will include stops at the dramatic Monument to the Colonizers sculpture, Chipre neighbourhood (where you will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view over the Caldas mountains), and the historical centre of the city.

Your Manizales experience will finish at the top of the city’s most iconic building: the Manizales Cathedral. Measuring over 100m from its base to the tip, it is the tallest cathedral in Colombia, and you will be able to ascend almost all the way to the top via a spiral staircase through the spire.

Your guide will explain the history of the cathedral while you marvel at the remarkable 360-degree views of the whole of the city (and even the snow-capped volcanoes of Los Nevados on a clear day). 

Your first night will be at Quo Quality - a luxury hotel in the upscale Palermo neighborhood.

Day Two – Day Trip to Los Nevados National Park and Thermal Baths
Day Two – Day Trip to Los Nevados National Park and Thermal Baths

It’s an early start on this wonderful day-trip into the high mountains of the Central Andes, where you will discover the magical ecosystems of the paramo, relax in natural thermal baths, and enjoy close-up sightings of some of Colombia’s coolest birds.

The two-and-a-half hour drive through the National Park passes through some of Colombia’s best preserved paramo – a stunningly biodiverse ecosystem of high-altitude moorland unique to northern South America – and past large glacial lakes like Laguna Negra.

There’ll be plenty of stops to enjoy the clean mountain air and marvel at the remarkable views of the snow capped Ruiz Volcano. After taking some time to search for the Buffy Helmetcrest hummingbird, one of Colombia’s most unique endemic species, you will drive down through some stunningly well-preserved Andean cloud forest, stopping to search for toucans, parrots, and pygmy owls along the way.

After a hearty local lunch we will spend the afternoon relaxing in the thermal baths of Termales del Otun spa and hotel. Soak in the rejuvenating volcanic thermals, enjoy the cool mountain air, or sip a cold beer by the pool, it’s all up to you.

Then you will be driven to Hacienda Venecia, an authentic coffee farm with over 100 years of coffee-growing tradition and a beautiful boutique hotel in order to have a well deserved resting night.

Day Three – Hacienda Venecia Coffee Experience
Day Three – Hacienda Venecia Coffee Experience

After breakfast, head out on a private coffee tour with the farm’s expert guides: learn the ins-and-outs of coffee production, pick your own beans, before enjoying a delicious coffee tasting session.
Following a traditional lunch in the hotel, afternoon free for hiking through the coffee plantations, watching the birds feeding on bananas from your hammock, or taking a refreshing dip in the pool. Of course, you could always spend the afternoon drinking more delicious coffee: you’ll never have a fresher cup!

Your ‘Discover Manizales’ tour ends here. Colombia Eco Travel will be able to assist with the return to the city, or in arranging any onward travel, or you could stick around and enjoy one of our many other unique Coffee Region tour experiences, including an incredible three-day trek to the heart of Los Nevados National Park... 

Included/Exclude

  • All accommodation
  • 2 breakfasts; 2 lunches; 1 dinner
  • All tours, also includes entrances to thermal baths
  • Local guides
  • Insurance
  • Dinner on the second night
  • Alcoholic beverages and additional drinks
  • Any activities not stated above
  • Flights - Available as an add-on

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Manizales, Caldas, Colombia

FAQs

What kind of clothing should I wear on this tour?
Manizales is located on a mountain ridge and the weather can change quickly. From bright, warm sun to foggy and chilly within a matter of moments.

Hacienda Venecia is located in a deep valley and is warmer and humid. For the coffee tour, pants are recommended since there bugs while touring the coffee fields. Also, comfortable walking shoes.

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