Plaza de Bolivar, Manizales

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Visit Plaza de Bolivar, a square in the heart of Manizales dating back to 1848. Originally called Plaza Parish, the square has undergone many changes throughout its long history, with the latest renovations taking place during the 1980s. Take a moment to pause and have a seat while watching people stroll by. You can't miss the Bolivar Condor sculpture (by celebrated Colombian sculptor, Rodrigo Arenas Betancourt), which watches over the square from the front of an adjacent cathedral. For excellent photo ops of the square below, climb up to the top of the cathedral. Use our Manizales road trip planner to visit Plaza de Bolivar on your trip to Manizales, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • October 1, 2017
    Bolivar Condor sculpture, with a mix of bird and person. Detail of design leaving a vacuum in the pedestal simulating half of the face in front of the sculpture.
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  • August 23, 2017
    A typical central square in most every South American city: a central monument, an imposing Cathedral, and an eclectic combination of old and modern architecture. Go there early in the morning or late...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This Special Bolivar Condor statue has been created only in 1985. If you pass the plaza this statue is nice to see. The plaza is located right in front of the Catedral Basílica de Manizales which is a...  more »

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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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