International students

Studying in Manizales

Source: Institute of Culture and Tourism of Manizales


Manizales is the capital of the Department of Caldas and lies on the Andes Central Mountain Range, near the volcano Nevado del Ruiz. The city is located in the Colombian Coffee Region (Caldas, Quindío and Risaralda). The city is commonly referred to as the “city of the open doors” due to its people’s hospitality towards visitors, and as the “city of the fairs in America” thanks to its yearly Manizales Fair.


Manizales College town

Colombian-wide, Manizales is acknowledged by its universities and their academic activity, which has made it an attractive city for those seeking high-quality education, lifestyle, peace and quietness.
Manizales is known for its university system – SUMA – that is integrated by the following universities: Catholic University of Manizales, National University of Colombia – Manizales site, University of Caldas, Autonomous University of Manizales, University of Manizales and Catholic University Luis Amigo.
SUMA is an alliance that strengthens higher education in Manizales with a local and global perspective through joining forces for academic mobility, research and regional outreach.

Tourism in Manizales

Ecopark Network

Since 2012, the Institute of Culture and Tourism is the institution in charge of administering the Ecopark Network in Manizales. The access to each ecopark is free and professional touristic guides assist tourists. The network is constituted by The Ecopark Yarumos, The Bicentennial Park Bosque Popular, Alcazares Arenillo regional ecopark, and the Colonizers Monument.



The Colonizers Monument

This Monument is located In Chipre neighborhood (Manizales), surrounded by the beauty and the splendor of its landscapes. It is an artwork performed by Master Luis Guillermo Vallejo Vargas, who pays tribute to Antioquia colonization.

Alcazares Arenillo Regional Ecopark

This is the ideal place for bird watching, fauna and flora research; it counts with easy access and easy-to walk pathways. In this area, which is located at 2,000 meters above sea level, you can see more than 140 species of birds.

Bicentennial Park Bosque Popular el Prado

This park is located at Kilometer 3 via Magdalena. It counts with a land extension of 53 hectares of natural areas, where you can enjoy a large number of activities with your family. It is the Coffee Region’s most visited park, due to its free-access and because of its beautiful landscapes and wide green recreational area.



Tropical Rain Forest Yarumos

This park is located at the northeast side of the urban zone of Manizales. It is a natural reserve with a Tropical Rain Forest of 53 hectares of extension. It is close to two popular neighborhoods of the area, Minitas and Villa Café, where you can sightsee 60% of the city and natural scenarios as The National Park Los Nevados.

Factory of sunsets


Source: Victor Valencia