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Nestled between Medellin and Bogota, the city of Manizales is currently the main coffee producer in the whole of Colombia and it’s also a popular university town. There’s a strong sense of Spanish heritage throughout the city and if you’re there in October, don’t miss the well-known Manizales International Theatre Festival. If it’s a party your looking for, head down to the Milan area. Over fifty restaurants and a host of lively bars make this a great place to unwind in. We’ve selected the best places to stay in Manizales (or just outside) to take in the history and have a good time!
Due to its altitude, Manizales is cooler than other Colombian areas of a similar latitude and temperatures rarely rise above twenty-five degrees. To avoid the rain, aim to visit between January and March or July and August.
What not to miss:
Recinto del Pensamiento is a breath-taking park with some truly amazing plant and wildlife. A great place to unwind in.
Trek up the other worldly Nevado del Ruiz. Stunning waterfalls, landscapes and wildlife make this a fantastic day trip. As a side note, beware the altitude! If you start feeling queasy just go downhill until you feel better!
Visit Cathedral de Manizales for some peace and quiet amongst glorious architecture. And if you’ve the stomach for it, climb the tower and look out across the city from an amazingly high vantage point.
And for the best place to stay in Manizales, we recommend a property in the countryside to the south of the city.
For the great outdoors
Hotel Hacienda Venecia is a small family owned coffee farm. It offers hostel style accommodation at very reasonable prices. From here you can enjoy a host of outdoor activities, from horse-riding to coffee tours. There’s also a small outdoor pool so you can cool off at the end of the day!
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Hotel Hacienda Venecia 13 rooms from $55Manizales
Family owned coffee farm hacienda in the heart of Colombia's coffee triangle. Colonial style main house with simple homely accommodation and outbuildings offering cheap hostel style dormitory rooms. Wholesome rustic local food. Great for trekking, horse riding and learning about coffee growing.Great walks - There are six trails of varying levels of difficulty so guests can take in the natural beauty of the coffee region.Birdwatching - The hotel provides a bird guide of 117 species and advice on where to see them out on the site.Sights nearby - Just 45 mins away find the hot springs of Santa Rosa.House party feel - Be prepared to meet people.