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Ambalema

156k
from
Bogota
Historic Ambalema
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Ambalema is located 45 km south of Honda. It is a natural lagoon, with spas, excellent ravines, and with the possibility of taking a boat ride along the Magdalena. The municipality has been an important part in the development of our country since the creation of the tobacco factory: "La Factoría" built in 1916.

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Armero-Guayabal

159k
from
Bogota
Armero-Guayabal Holy Field
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Armero Guayabal is located in the central-western part of the municipality of Armero, crossed by the national highway, the municipality of Armero is Located on the eastern slope of the Central Cordillera of Colombia, in a wide valley formed by the Lagunilla, Sabandija, Cuamo and Magdalena rivers, it draws its waters from the snow-capped peaks of Nevado del Ruiz and the Central Cordillera.

Armero Tragedy

The Armero tragedy was a natural disaster resulting from the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano, after sixty-nine years of inactivity, on the night of Wednesday, November 13, 1985, an accident occurred. the devastating tragedy where he disappeared the municipality of Armero that affected To the departments of Caldas and Tolima, the first signs of volcanic activity were in September 1985.

The eruption took Surprising nearby towns, flows of mud, earth and debris, products of volcanic activity, descended the slopes of the Nevado at 60 km/h. The town of Armero was located just under 50 km from the volcano; unfortunately, more than 20,000 of its 29,000 inhabitants died.
This was the second deadliest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, surpassed only by the 1902 eruption of Mount Pelée on the island of Martinique, and was the fourth deadliest volcanic event. ;s deadly since the year 1500.

Climate

The climate of Armero - Guayabal is classified as tropical. Rainfall is significant most months of the year, and the short dry season has little effect. The average temperature in Armero - Guayabal is 27 C, it is located at 352 meters above sea level; In the rural area of ??the San Pedro district, it enjoys a variety of mountain thermal levels.

Traditional festivals

Fair and Festival in honor of the Lord of Health:

Municipal Reign of Folklore and Agriculture: This reign is celebrated between August 5 and 9, every year there are parades, parades, sporting events, dawns, livestock and commercial fairs, cultural exhibitions, orchestras, booths, popular platforms , bullfight, reign with a parade of candidates in swimsuits and in floats alluding to folklore and agriculture and coronation, gastronomic festival, burning of gunpowder, motorcycle competition.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Central Park of the new municipal seat

New central square with light source, from there We can see the town hall and parish church.

Bourbon Spa

Small Dam on the Cuamo River

State: Ruins

Memorial to the victims of Armero and the visit of the holy Pope John Paul II.

Cross that was erected for the visit of Pope J.P.II on July 6, 1986 to Armero, declaring the place as "Campo Santo" and bringing words of comfort and solidarity to the survivors. In this place was built In 2015, a sculpture and a memorial with 25,000 stones were created that symbolize the victims of the tragedy.

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Falan

190k
from
Bogota
Lost City in Falan
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Lost City of Falan, is located in the Municipality of Falan, which is located in the North of the Department of Tolima. On the Mariquita - Armero Guayabal road, there is a crossing called San Felipe, there You will find the 10 km paved road, which leads to the main park of Falan. When you arrive at the church you must continue approximately 100 meters along the main road until a detour. on the left called Calle Morales, this detoured takes you to the Lost City of Falan Natural Reserve.

All these ruins are located in the water circuit of the Morales ravine, about 2 km from the urban center of Falan, where an ecological trail has been built with artisanal guadua bridges, bordering the ravine, thus You can enjoy tropical forests, natural waterfalls and puddles of crystal clear water, in a tour of approximately 3 hours

In the municipality of Fálan, north of Tolima, is one of the most unknown tourist destinations in this hot department: The Lost City.

An old mining construction in the upper part of the central mountain range of Colombia, which the Spanish settlers used to loot the gold and silver of the Tolimense indigenous people (Pijaos), historical owners of the territory.

The city is a complex infrastructure of tunnels, shelters, passages and walls that were built during the 18th century, and according to the inhabitants of the area, they connect with the Mint of San Sebastián de Mariquita , or as they commonly call it: Ladybug. 20 kilometers down.

Blacks and indigenous people worked in the mine under Spanish rule from the first half of the 18th century - when it was colonized by the Spanish - until the end of 1810, when Colombia became independent. of the foreign crown. Illustrious figures of national history such as José; Celestino Mutis, who during the Botanical Expedition (1783-1808 and 1812-1816) cataloged much of the country's flora, Simón Bolívar.

The city can be reached on foot after a 30-minute journey from the highway along a royal road, for those who want to visit it. Taking a bus from Mariquita. Where visitors can enter some of the caves and passages remembering their stories.

What you can enjoy in the place

Canopy

Do you like adrenaline and adventure? here You will be able to slide over the trees at high speeds, in a Canopy that is made up of 4 zip lines that complete 1 km of route, ending in a Tibetan Bridge more than 30 meters high.

Hiking

To reach the lost ruins we must go through the most prodigious natural landscapes, 3 waterfalls, natural pools and tunnels.

Bathing in natural waters

In the Lost City of Falan Reserve you will find waterfalls and incredible natural pools.

Caving

For lovers of different activities this is the best plan, adventure awaits us inside each cave. We will tell you the history of each place and introduce you to its new residents.

Flora and fauna sighting

Many say they have seen everything, but we faithfully believe that they have seen nothing. In our lost city you can find species of all shapes, sizes and colors.

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Fresno

199k
from
Bogota
Coffee Region of Fresno
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Among the Coffee Mountains in Fresno are the sugarcane fields. We can find one of the most ancestral crafts, the planting, grinding and concentration of sugarcane guarapo to make one of the most recognized Colombian national products; PANELA.
These sites of arduous and artisanal work; They are known as "Trapiches", where the working conditions to make the sweet cane are quite rough; with high temperatures, hot vapors, and constant risk of burns or crushing at the time of the process.
These processes are carried out by adults and in certain cases young people of no more than 20 years that through experiences; transmitted from generation to generation carry out the concentration of the juice extracted from the cane

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Honda

154k
from
Bogota
Historic Zone of Honda
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Municipality located on the banks of the Magdalena River, 132 km from Ibague. This city preserves colonial architecture and is the river hub of the Department of Tolima, where the rising season on the Magdalena River attracts hundreds of fishermen.
The oldest sector is a National Monument. Calle de las Trampas, the Convent of Santo Domingo, the Bridges, the fishing activity, the spas and the lodgings are part of its tourist benefits. It has an average temperature of 27 degrees Celsius. The main tourist attractions of the municipality are:

- Puerto Arrancaplumas
- Casona de los Virreyes
- Las Trampas Street- Jose Leon Armero Square
- Santo Domingo Convent
- Navarro Bridge- Rio 21 Museum Market Square
- Alto del Rosario
- Cathedral of Our Lady of Rosario
- Alto El Retiro

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Libano

193k
from
Bogota
Coffee Region of Libano
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The municipality of Líbano, founded on April 23, 1849 (169 years), (Agreement of the honorable Municipal Council No. 016 of 1994) by General Isidro Parra, is located in the north of the department of Tolima. The urban area is Built in a site known as the Valley of the Cedars (apparently considered in pre-Columbian times as a ceremonial site for indigenous people) which is surrounded by coffee plantations.

In its people, the strength of the Antioquian ancestor, the Boyacán industriousness and the cheerful air of the ancestor of the Tolima plan are mixed. Its economic activities are agriculture, livestock and tourism. Arriving in Lebanon is arriving in a magical territory, where the atmosphere of the town of the past mixes with the sounds of the thriving and growing city of the present.

Traditional Festivals

The Festival of Return

Celebrated in the month of August every 2 years, its last celebration was in 2017, therefore it will be celebrated in August. In 2019, it is one of the most traditional festivals in the north of the department of Tolima, so the arrival of a large number of visitors is expected to come to enjoy everything that this great celebration offers. N.

The Virgin of Carmen

Traditional festival of the region celebrated in the month of July in honor of the Patroness of the Municipality. This festival is held every year with the attendance of visitors and locals from the region. During this week of celebration, liturgies, processions and special activities such as fireworks, cultural presentations, concerts and gastronomy are carried out. ;to local.

Culture

Lebanon is a cultural municipality par excellence, cradle of writers and home of renowned musicians and dance groups. Its rich craftsmanship is matched by the exciting nature of its history. Local theater groups are made up of generations of actors and directors who come together at the Lebanon Theater Festival, which has more than 15 versions. Sports and cultural activities are frequent in its multiple settings such as the skating coliseum, the Mountain cycling track, the Municipal Stadium, the coliseums of educational institutions and the event plaza of the expedition corporation. N.

Tourist Attractions

Our Lady of Carmen Cathedral

Without a doubt it is the most representative and outstanding of the municipality. This imposing architectural work of four hundred square meters and a façade height of 56 meters, can be seen from the four cardinal points of the municipality, thanks to its white towers.

This construction replaced to the first church of the municipality built in 1870, which due to its poor condition was demolished and replaced in 1906 (the church has burned completely on two occasions, the last being on January 2, 1954, there was loss of two bells that They brought from Rome, the largest bell with dimensions of three meters high and two meters in diameter at the base, played with a musical note of D major).

It was built by Don Miguel Wustchert, and was completed in the mid-1920s. It is also the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Lebanon-Honda created by S.S. John Paul II on July 26, 1989, by the Bull "Italam", one of its elements of devotion is the altar dedicated to the Holy Mother Laura (first Colombian saint).

La Polka Viewpoint

Place where you can have a panoramic view of the entire municipality of Lebanon, enjoy an enviable climate and good chorizos, ideal for going with your family, enjoying the beautiful landscape and taking photographs.

Isidro Parra Main Park

It is located in the center of the town, in front of the Nuestra Señora del Carmen Cathedral. The commercial and administrative sector of the municipality is located around the main park, so there is great activity flowing during the day and at night enjoying the nightclubs such as bars and discos.
This park is characterized by its rich landscape, with species from the area and by housing a bust in honor of Mr. Alfonso Jaramillo Salazar for his life dedicated to Lebanon and Tolima, as well as as an obelisk in honor of General Isidro Parra, founder of the city and a reference for the strength, civic work and brotherhood of the Lebanese.

Monument to the Virgin.

This imposing monument in honor of the Virgen del Carmen was built thanks to Father José Rubén Salazar Cuartas, who arrived in Lebanon in 1941 when there was a change in the administration of the parish and it was handed over to the secular clergy, on July 16, 1943, he stood up. The monument to Nuestra Señora del Carmen at the entrance to the city.

Episcopal Palace (La Curia)

Historic building, where the first hospital (San Jose) in Lebanon operated, built on two floors. It responds to the cloister typology, it is a quadrangular patio that on its four sides has a porticoed gallery that rests on columns. In each gallery the different spaces necessary for cathedral life are distributed. It is usually a place of seclusion, the central patio is landscaped and in the center there is a fountain. It is the typical colonial house with wooden floors, with wooden windows and doors. It is located on a large lot. Its walls are built of adobe (clay and sand).

The Seven Waterfalls

The Santa Rosa ravine in the municipality of Líbano forms seven natural waterfalls along its route. The seven waterfalls form a longitudinal path along the ravine and offer a myth to the bather, whoever bathes in the seven waterfalls will be granted a prize. A desire.

Santa Librada Agroecological Reserve

Natural reserve for the protection of fauna and flora where you can go hiking, bird watching, environmental education and tourism workshops and guided recreation, and you can also enjoy a spectacular crystalline ravine.

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Mariquita

174k
from
Bogota
Historic Mariquita
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It can be said that we are an Eden for Bird Watching. live a dawn full of colors, textures and sounds coming from the diversity of birds that cover with their beauty our town
You will be able to observe through trails full of life, tradition, culture, flora, making this an experience memorable.

  • Hacienda El Aguador Tarapaca area
  • Pajarera Route Vereda Camino Real
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    Murillo

    216k
    from
    Bogota
    Murillo
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    Murillo is a municipality in Colombia, located in the north of the department of Tolima, 144 km from the departmental capital, Ibagué. The town was founded in 1872. Due to its proximity, it is very easy to appreciate the Nevado del Ruiz; In addition, said municipality has beautiful landscapes and beautiful tourist attractions, the population is 5,100 inhabitants, the total area of ??417.29 km2, which is divided as follows: urban area extension of 1 Km2 and rural area extension: 416.29 Km2.

    Climate: The average temperature of the municipality is 12 degrees Celsius, the Andean mountain climate predominates, Murillo is the highest municipality in the department of Tolima with a height of 2950 meters above sea level.

    Traditional festivals:

    Festival and Departmental Reign of the Harvest:

    It is one of the most traditional festivals in the north of the department of Tolima, so the arrival of a large number of visitors is expected to enjoy everything that this great celebration offers. the second Festive Long Weekend of the month of August, every 2 years.

    Patronal Festival of the Virgin of Camen:

    A religious tribute is held and a parade is organized through the main streets of the town. This celebration takes place on July 16 of each year.

    Bike Tourist Event - Templanza del Arriero ride:

    The second festive bridge of the month of November takes place from Murillo to Santa Isabel, participants must have a high level to be able to meet the demands of this section.

    Tourist attractions:

    Parish of the Miraculous Medal

    Architectural, religious and cultural monument, The creation of the Parish is dated November 17, 1954. Its patron is the Virgin Mary under the Invocation of the Miraculous Medal

    MURILLO HOUSE

    Cultural and architectural monument of colonial style, Casa Murillo is a cultural meeting point of the municipality loaded with history around environmental conservation and protection, sustainable tourism and culture; however it is not operational

    MAIN PARK

    It is the most important sociocultural point of Murillo, where the most important institutions gather around it and shows the architecture of " Tabla Parada ". It is a very pleasant place where the inhabitants share, surrounded by beautiful gardens and beautiful pine trees, it has colonial and cultural architecture, we can also find cacetas that sell traditional sweets.

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    Nevado

    250k
    from
    Bogota
    Nevado Del Ruiz
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    NEVADO DEL RUIZ

    It is part of the Los Nevados National Natural Park and includes other peaks such as the snow-capped peaks of Tolima, Santa Isabel, El Cisne and Quindío Vereda la Cabaña and Vereda el Oso.
    Location: It is located about 20 km from the urban center to the west, located on the border between the departments of Caldas and Tolima.
    Schedule: Before arriving at the entrance to the Los Nevados National Natural Park, it is recommended to begin an air conditioning process in the Municipality of Murillo one day before in order to maintain good health. Due to Risk Management Security policies, the departure to El Nevado is at 05:00 a.m.; it is Passage through Murillo, through the Cifon and through the Red House is restricted and is only authorized through the Brisas sector

    LAGUNILLA RIO CANYON

    Above it is the basin of the Lagunilla River. It is a majestic place where you can contemplate the great snow-capped Ruíz volcano and the source of the Lagunilla River canyon. Through this canyon the the avalanche of the Armero tragedy.

    LA CABAÑA THERMAL SPRINGS

    Hot spring located on the Murillo - Manizales road that consists of thermal water pools with colorful surface vegetation, and is one of the ways to get to know the Nevado del Ruíz. You can go on horseback rides and ecological tours where you can see a high Andean forest.

    LA CAMPANITA THERMAL

    Thermal spring in which you take a tour in the middle of the mountain where you can observe a varied ecosystem, a high Andean forest, the canyon of the Recio River and sighting of wax palm

    EL ESCONDITE LAGOON

    Lagoon located in the vicinity of the urban area, exiting on Carrera 10. This natural water reservoir has about 8,000 M2; Elements for rest and reflection have been installed next to the lagoon. It has an urban viewpoint called Cerro de la Cruz where you can see the entire municipality.

    LAGUNA EL CORAZON

    It is a water source that is located on the path that crosses the Nevados Park, after traveling around 3 hours starting from Murillo.

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    Venadillo

    191k
    from
    Bogota
    Lagoons of Venadillo
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    We have many unique tourist destinations due to the variety of climates, fauna and flora. From waterfalls, passing through snow-capped peaks, rivers, caves and hot springs. On our way to the Nevado del Ruiz passing through Through different thermal floors we reached high points in the region located at 2,950 meters above sea level. where we will find areas to camp and observe stars and planets on dark nights, a unique viewpoint of the galaxy.

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