Nevado del Ruiz, Manizales

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Set foot on the volcano that killed more than 20,000 Colombians and buried the village of Armero at Nevado del Ruiz. The volcano, whose name translates from Spanish as "the sleeping lion," erupted in 1985, causing one of the most destructive natural disasters in human history. Nowadays you can take a guided tour to the volcano, where you'll get a sense of the catastrophe's extent, and how the land has since recovered. Bring warm clothes and take your time, as the high altitude can make hiking difficult. Take a look at our Manizales trip planning website to schedule your visit to Nevado del Ruiz and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • September 29, 2017
    When went to the snow-covered the aim main was see snow, and could not :( There are many controls to avoid risky situations with visitors. But in general very beautiful landscapes, very cold.
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  • September 23, 2017
    We got to 4138 meters and not enter because you can not reach the refuge by volcanic activity. Only reaching the Valley of the tombs where you can not see snow, only Valley, fog and frailejones
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  • September 22, 2017
    To access the Nevado Del Ruiz, hiked up the access road from Manizales to 4,440 metres altitude. It is best to visit in days of clear skies because there you get to the clouds. Must use wrap for head and neck, the temperature is very low. But the view of the volcano is sensational. You can't get to the edge of the crater because the volcano is active. Along the way there are parades of shelters with bathrooms and you'll find a Coca tea typical of the region.
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Where to stay in Manizales

With a good selection of economical hostels and mid-range hotels, it's often easy to find a good deal while in Manizales. Most of the town's better sleeping options are located near Cable Plaza, which boasts a giant shopping mall and a variety of restaurants. For a more authentic experience, consider staying at one of the area's coffee plantations, where you can learn about this major regional industry and discover the secrets of local cuisine.
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