Top Choice Monument in Manizales

Monumento a Los Colonizadores

Located atop a hill in the neighborhood of Chipre, this massive monument to the city's founders was crafted from 50 tonnes of bronze. It's an impressive work, but the real attraction here is the spectacular views ov…
Church in Manizales

Catedral de Manizales

Plaza de Bolívar’s south side is dominated by the odd but impressive Catedral de Manizales. Begun in 1929 and built of reinforced concrete, it is among the first churches of its kind in Latin America. Its main tower…
Nature Reserve in Around Manizales

Recinto del Pensamiento

Set in the cloud forest 11km from Manizales, this nature park has a fine mariposario, several short walks through an impressive orchid-populated forest, and a medicinal herb garden. You'll also see plantations of gu…
Museum in Armenia

Museo del Oro Quimbaya

Check out the bling-bling of the pre-Columbian Quimbaya culture at this excellent gold museum that also houses a fine ceramics collection. It's in the Centro Cultural, 5km northeast of the center. Grab bus 8 or 12 n…
Park in Armenia

Parque de la Vida

If all the concrete is getting too much, stop by this tranquil park located in a valley in the middle of the city. It features both gardens and forested areas, as well as several small lakes and a fast-flowing strea…
Gardens in Around Armenia

Jardín Botánico del Quindío

Armenia's excellent 15-hectare botanical garden has the best mariposario in the Zona Cafetera. The 680-sq-meter butterfly house is in the shape of a giant butterfly and houses up to 2000 of the insects (up to 50 dif…
in Around Armenia


This farm-themed park caters to city Colombians nostalgic for their rural past. Located just near Quimbaya, a short bus ride from Armenia, it has more than 4500 domestic animals, including many rare domestic breeds.…
Viewpoint in Manizales

Torre Panoramico

The 30m-high spaceship-like lookout point has 360-degree views of the dramatic mountainous terrain surrounding the city. To get here, take any bus from Cable Plaza to Chipre; they leave constantly.
Coffee Farm in Around Armenia


This innovative coffee farm offers tours that provide insight into life on a finca. Visitors get to throw on traditional clothes, strap on a basket and hit the plantation to pick their own beans before returning to …
Park in Manizales

Los Yarumos

This 53-hectare municipal park offers panaoramic views of the city, forest trails and canopy lines. Adventure activities include a guided hike to four small waterfalls (2 hours, COP$8000) and abseiling (4 hours, COP…