Manizales Colombia is located in the center of Colombia, in what’s known as the Coffee Region. I stayed in a nice hostel in the city and got a private room. I hadn’t been feeling very well. I had sores on my feet from the heat of the coast and small cuts on my hands were not healing and I felt very sleepy. Despite this, I made a full day trip to Los Nevados national park, hiking to the snow line on the mountain, followed by lunch and a dip in a hot spring.
The sites along the drive were amazing, from the semi-tropical coffee farms to the desert tundra at the top of the mountain.
The next morning, I made a trip to the local hospital where I was prescribed some cream for my feet and antibiotic pills. Anti-biotics were previously over the counter in Colombia, but there had recently been more US-like restrictions on drug availability, adding to the costs. Never-the-less, the trip to the doctor and medicine cost less than $50. After the doctor, I caught the bus to Filadelphia, and an even smaller bus to Salento. There were 3 other tourists on this bus – another woman traveling solo and two guys traveling together. We had a great time on the bus.
Traveled Dec, 2009