The Nevado del Ruíz is part of the P.N.N.N (Los Nevados National Natural Park) which includes the departments of Risaralda, Caldas, Quindío and Tolima. This site is recognized for its environmental importance for the whole region of the coffee axis. Located to the southeast of Manizales, the snow reaches a height of 5,400 m.s.n.m. At 4,800 meters the hiker encounters the perpetual or glacial snow. In this beautiful place, you can practice walking through interpretive trails accompanied by professional guides specialized in high mountain
Taking as a starting point the city of Manizales, there is the immense possibility of taking a route along the route from Playa Larga to Santa Bárbara, with a great wealth of mountain landscapes, with traces and geological formations, with waterfalls and primary forests where It is often possible to have the sighting of the Andean Condor flight, as an element of first order to show the great wealth of biodiversity that this high zone has in the Municipality of Villa María. The route leads unmistakably to the Paramo Ecosystem at the Santa Bárbara road junction, in a natural succession that brings us closer to the Valles del Cisne and the periphery of the residual glaciers in the Nevado de Santa Isabel.
ROUTE: Manizales - Villa Maria - El Pindo - Barro Azul - Papayal - Long Beach - La Cueva - Santa Bárbara - (*) Sendero de La Conejera - Nevado Santa Isabel Glacier - Santa Bárbara - Villa María - Manizales.
ACTIVITIES: Photography and Landscapes (Stops: El Pindo - Cascada del Rio Molinos - Cascade of the Rio Nereidas - La Cueva - Santa Bárbara - La Conejera) - Trek uphill on the path of La Conejera Durac aprox. 6 hrs 4 hrs ascending to the snow and 2 descending - Interpretation in diverse resources of the landscape during the whole route.