Friday, 25 March 2016

Recinto del Pensamiento - March 2016

Recinto del Pensamiento, is a nature park 11 km from Manizales. As well as visiting the butterfly enclosure, you can also wander through a medicinal herb garden, relax in the Japanese Zen garden, enjoy a stroll through the orchid forest and marvel at the gigantic guadua bamboo gazebo, used for conventions and wedding ceremonies.
Butterflies and birds are the main attraction. There is a fee to use this park, and guides are compulsory (Included in the entrance fee).

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Salento - March 2016

Salento is a town and municipality in the north-east of the department of QuindíoColombia. The municipality covers an area of 377.67 km2. It was the first settlement in Quindío of the modern era, and the first municipality founded in the department. The town of Salento is located 24 km northeast of Armenia
The town lies on a plateau above the Quindío river valley. The section of the river valley from Salento to the head of the river is known as the Cocora valley. The town is situated at an average altitude of 1895 meters above sea level, with steep drops to the valley floor at its northern and western perimeters.

Church of our Lady of Carmen
Main Plaza
Main Plaza in front of the Church
Main Plaza
Traditional Colonial Balcony
Colonial Buildings
Jeep ride to the mountains (Rum included)
The Palm trees are the national tree of Salento
Horse riding in the mountains
View of the mountains covered in Palm trees
Full Moon over Palm Trees
Full Moon through Palm Trees
Full Moon over the Church
Ladies night out?

Monday, 21 March 2016

Manizales - March 2016

Manizales is the capital city of one of the smallest Colombian departments, that of Caldas. The city is described as having an abrupt topography and lies on the Colombian Central Mountain Range (Andes) with a great deal of ridge-lines and steep slopes, which combined with the seismic activity in the area, has required architectural adaptations and public works to make the city safer. Even though Manizales has this very difficult topography, there are many coffee plantations in its fertile lands. The city is located in the northern part of the Colombian Coffee-Growers area ("Eje Cafetero"), near the volcano Nevado del Ruiz, which has an altitude of 5,321 meters (17,457.3 ft).
It is in the basin of the Chinchina River and sub-basin of the Guacaica River. It's natural threats are earthquakes, mud slides, and volcanic eruptions.

Below is a map of the states I have visited in Colombia (Shown in Green).

The Old Cable Car System
How safe do you feel riding this?
This system was also used to transport coffee and goods from one mountain to another

The New Cable Car System

Today people use this system to move around the mountainous city
Certainly looks and feels safer than the older system
Views of the city and surrounding Area

A typical country house
A Beautiful sunset
A more panoramic view of the sunset
Fancy a Beer? This aeroplane is actually a bar!
Nice job parking. Maybe this driver had one too many?
The government building in the centre of the city
A sculpture in the city centre
More sculptures
A typical street in the centre of Manizales
Modern architecture
Volcano 'Nevado del Ruiz'
This volcano usually generates Plinian eruptions, which produce swift-moving currents of hot gas and rock called pyroclastic flows. These eruptions often cause mud and debris flows, which pose a threat to human life and the environment. The impacts of this type of eruption is increased as the hot gas and lava melts the mountain's snow cap, adding large quantities of water to the flow. On November 13, 1985, a small eruption produced an enormous mud slide that buried and destroyed the town of Armero in Tolima, causing an estimated 25,000 deaths. This event later became known as the Armero tragedy, the deadliest in recorded history. Similar but less deadly incidents occurred in 1595 and 1845, consisting of a small explosive eruption followed by a large mud slide
The volcano is part of Los Nevados National Natural Park, which also contains several other volcanoes. The summit of Nevado del Ruiz is covered by large glaciers. The volcano continues to pose a threat to the nearby towns and villages, and it is estimated that up to 500,000 people could be at risk from future eruptions.