National Park Los Nevados

National Park Los Nevados ColombiaPNN Los Nevados are a range of mountain peaks in Colombia’s Coffee Region. Accessible from Manizales, the rugged, dramatic landscape is made of volcanoes, mountains, lakes and hotsprings.

The area is made up of three large (2 of them active) volcanoes. In fact, Nevado del Ruiz erupted as recently 1985, causing devastation to the surrounding area.

Kid near Nevado del Ruiz The other volcanoes are called Nevado de Santa Isabel and Nevado del Tolima. All three have hiking routes to suit various levels of ability (although it’s recommended to have some experience and good equipment as the altitudes are very high) and are well worth visiting.

=> Check our Video of our treck to PNN Los Nevados on the right here

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ATTRACTIONS, SIGHTS AND ACTIVITIES
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Nevado del Ruiz, as mentioned, is the highest of the three volcanoes. The Volcano has 3 craters : Arenas, Olleta and Pirana. You can easily climb to 5100m from Manizales since a car takes you all the way to 4800m offering spectacular views of the area. With a special permit and suitable gear it is possible to climb the extra 200m to the top.

Climbing Nevado del Ruiz
Nevados del Ruiz VolcanoThis should be done through an organized tour from Manizales. Most hostels will be able to help you organising the tour. The entrance to the Park is at Las Brisas (4050) and it's not cheap to get in (26,000 Pesos if you're Colombian, 40,000 if you are a foreigner). You can go down the Olleta crater (4850) or climb to the Arenas at 5325m. You need a special permit for this one but again check with the organising tour.

Nevado del Tolima is the second largest of the three and the most difficult. With difficulty, however, comes reward and it’s widely recognized that this volcano offers the most beautiful views. There are many routes to the top but most require the hiker to be experienced and/or with a guide. The crater is spectacular and the snow at the peak will surprise those who expected your trip to Colombia to be all sun and sand.

Natural Spas Nevado del RuizFinally, Nevado de Santa Isabel is the smallest of the volcanoes, and is inactive. Should weather be in your favour, there are spectacular views of the other mountains, as well as of Laguna Otun, which is a spot to fish should you desire.

Termales El Otono
Outside Manizales on the way back to town, you can check those termales to refresh after a trekking day. Ask the agency taking to the Nevado del Ruiz to drop you there on the way back. Also you can get there yourself from Manizales by taking the bus at the Bus Terminal in Manizales (40 minutes, 2000 Pesos).

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ORGANIZED TOURS
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Frailejones near Nevado del RuizAsk your hotels, or you can otherwise check these agencies for their day tours or if you want to stay in the Park.

Ecosistemas
Carrera 21 # 23-21, Edificio Tamanco, Local.108, Manizales
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Telf: (57) 6 880 8300, Cel: (57) 312 7057 007

Comfamiliares
Carrera 25 and Calle 50
landline: (57) 36 886 0737, Cell 316 472 8545

...=> PNN Los Nevados Guide Part 2: Accommodation, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Nightlife, Getting There

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