Monumento a Los Colonizadores

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Located atop a hill in the neighborhood of Chipre, this massive monument to the city's founders was crafted from 50 tonnes of bronze (including keys and other implements donated by local residents). It's a very impressive work, but an even bigger attraction is the spectacular view over town and to PNN Los Nevados. Catch a bus marked 'Chipre' along Carrera 23 to get here.

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1. Torre de Chipre

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2. Plaza de Bolívar

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3. Catedral de Manizales

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5. Los Yarumos

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6. Hacienda Venecia

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7. Recinto del Pensamiento

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8. Hacienda Guayabal

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