Attractions

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…
Plantation in Around Manizales

Hacienda Venecia

This hacienda has won numerous awards for its coffee. It offers a coffee tour (COP$45,000) in English that includes an informative presentation about Colombian coffee, an introduction to coffee cupping, a class in c…
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…
Plantation in Around Armenia

Recuca

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 …
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…
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…
Plantation in Around Manizales

Hacienda Guayabal

This slow-paced working coffee farm near Chinchiná, is a great place to come and unwind surrounded by cafetero culture. It runs a coffee tour (Spanish/English COP$30,000/35,000) that follows the coffee process from …
Museum in Filandia

Centro de Interpretación de la Cestería de Bejucos

Filandia is famous for its woven baskets, an art that can be traced back to those once used by coffee pickers to collect the harvest, and this museum run by a cooperative of local artisans provides an in-depth look …
in Around Armenia

Panaca

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.…
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…