Even though it’s a relatively small town and I only spent a couple days in Manizales, I’ll never forget it. I got robbed for the second time there, I got sick, and I spent an amazing day on a coffee farm. This post will show some pictures of the city.
Manizales, like Medellin, has a cable car transport system. I used it to go from the bus station to the city center the night I arrived to meet my ride. Very cool! But Manizales, being in the important zona cafetera/coffee zone, had an industrial metro cable a long time ago. It was used to transport goods across the city for export, often coffee and fruit.
Manizales, like the whole coffee zone, is very hilly and mountainous. You can get really nice views of the city at some points as a result.
Plaza Bolivar is the city’s main square. Manizales is the capital of the state (departamento) of Caldas. In the square is the administrative headquarters for the state as well as the cathedral. There is also a unique statue of Simon Bolivar, the liberator of South America, with the head of a condor (I think). Before, the statue was facing the cathedral, which meant Bolivar’s reproductive organ was facing the church. They objected, so the city turned the statue 180 degrees. Apparently the cathedral prefers to face his butt…
Manizales has the honor of having the building voted most ugly in Latin America. It’s a mall and I had a coffee inside. I don’t think it’s terribly ugly, but I’m not much of a judge of beauty when it comes to arcitechture.
There were a couple other churches I found appealing. They are below.During the day I found a bakery that had pera de mani, something wonderful I discovered in Medellin. I took a lactose pill and devoured it. I think it’ll be my last one. They are just too sweet and rich. The Colombian Coffee is always wonderful though..
I really don’t have much else to say about Manizales. It was my introduction to the coffee zone, it’s where I got robbed, and it’s where I got to visit a coffee farm. I only spent a day in the city. It seemed nice enough, but I see myself less and less as a city person now.