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Getting There: There are daily flights from Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali to La Nubia (ICAO) airport 8km (5 miles) southeast of Manizales. A taxi from the airport will cost around COP$12,000. There is a comprehensive schedule of bus links (be prepared for steep, serpentine roads) to all major cities in the country, as well as frequent services to Pereira (75 min.) and Armenia. Manizales Terminal de Transporte is located at Carrera 43 no. 65–100, tel. 57/878-7858. To get there, a taxi will cost around COP$5,000, or you can take the super-efficient Cable Aéreo (www.cableaereomanizales.com) which links the bus station (Cambulos) with downtown (Fundadores).

Getting Around: The center of Manizales is a pleasant enough place to walk. The city’s main axis is Carrera 23 (or Avenida Santander) and you can easily pick up any number of buses (COP$1,600) that ply the route in direction of Zona Rosa, where you will find the city’s largest concentration of bars and restaurants. If you want to broaden your horizons further, keep riding east to Barrio Milán, where there’s another glut of bars and nightclubs.

Visitor Information: The average temperature in Manizales is 65 degrees Fahrenheit January to March, and June to August boast the sunniest skies, warmest temperatures, and the least precipitation. From September to December and April/May, heavy rains can impede road travel (mud slides are a real danger) to Parque Nacional Los Nevados and Cocora Valley. Regardless of the time of year, you should be prepared for some rain; pack a raincoat.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.