Manizales is the capital of the department of Calda. It is a city in center of Colombia, located in the Central Mountain range, near the Snowed one of Ruiz. Form leaves of the call Region paisa and the call Gold Triangle, with a population of 386,931 inhabitants approximately according to the official demographic projections for year 2009. Form starts off along with Risaralda, Quindo, the North of the Valley and the Antiochian Southwest of the call Colombian Coffee Axis. Today it is a city with great economic, industrial, cultural and tourist activity. Also it stands out by his cultural activity in that stands out their annual Fair, the Festival the International of Theater and numerous spectacles and conventions. Manizales is denominated " City of the Abiertas" Doors;. Also it is known him like " Manizales of the Alma" due to a bullfighting pasodoble that takes its name.
The earth on which the city of Manizales rises were inhabited in pre-Columbian times by quimbayas, arms, ansermas, you would itch, zopias, pucuras and carrapas. By its location geographic, in Manizales diverse landscapes can be enjoyed, such as: snowed, forests, mountains and valleys. The surface of the municipality is 508 km . The environs of the city offer great climatic diversity, from snows of Snowed of Ruiz with their landscapes of desert and thermal waters, to centers the recreational of the valley of Santgueda, with warm climate landscapes, varied vegetation, rivers and broken. Along with towns and paths of the region of very particular characteristics. A unique particularitity of Manizales is that it owns 8 microclimates within his urban zone. In the neighborhood of the city of Manizales all the thermal floors can be found and varied formation of the relief, that gives rise to great amount of natural resources. Towards the west, is the valley of the River the Cauca, that it gives rise to warm climates of the spas of the Rochela and Santgueda.