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Review of Nevado del Ruiz

Nevado del Ruiz
Ranked #4 of 54 things to do in Manizales
Certificate of Excellence
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Manizales, Colombia
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2013

great place, wonderful views, and you feel closer to GOD. Is very cheap and people there is lovely. You must ask in Manizales for best ways to go upthere (remember, almost 5.000 mts of altitud... is eternal snow on the tropics!!!!) AMAZING isn't?

Visited November 2013
4 Thank JOHNsit0
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Nevado del Ruiz by milk truck.”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

So the northern section of Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados is shut at the moment - officially due to volcanic activity, although a Colombian mountain guide told me the real reason has more to do with politics... what this translates to in reality is the inability to visit the area around the Nevado del Ruiz volcano. You can still organise trekking / camping trips into the southern part of the park with mountain guides, and you can do this from Manizales.
If you don't want to do this / can't be bothered / only want a day trip, then the alternative is go on the milk truck that skirts the very border of the park. The trip can be organised through the Mountain Hostel in Manizales. You get a taxi at 4.15am which costs about 4000 pesos. This takes you to a carpark from where the milk truck leaves. You get on the milk truck and stay on it until it returns to Manizales at about midday, giving the drivers 20000 pesos for your passage. The truck goes up to 4000 metres, and follows a road along the very edge of the park. Along the way the truck stops at many farms to pick up milk from farmers. It's very cold and wet up there, the vegetation is unique, the cows and horses are fat and happy (although extremely damp) and the farmers look like they live a pretty tough and inhospitable existence. Also along the way you can see old lava flows, white sulphur laden streams flowing down the mountains, hot springs, and from the last farm, a perfect view of the cone of Nevado del Ruiz itself - covered in white snow which is sprinkled with black ash.
Therefore, via the milk truck you can appreciate high altitude scenery similar to the park, and see the volcanos / snow / ash all without having to pay entry to the park or really put in any effort with your legs.
Nothing is perfect however. The milk truck is clapped out chiva type thing with it's exhaust pipe rigged on the top of the front passenger side cabin (there are no windows). Due to the slow speeds of the truck, hard grind up hills and fickle breezes, you will be breathing in thick, nauseating and likely cancer causing diesel fumes for the more than 7 hours of the trip.
The superb view of Colombia's most deadly volcano kind of offsets the misery of sucking on one of Colombia's most deadly exhaust pipes though!

Visited February 2013
9 Thank AJSardine
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Dornot, Lorraine, France
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36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Impressive place”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

We made it in a 4WD fortunately. The road itself deserves a top rating as being as interesting to ride in as a sports rally! Interesting and beautiful, even though we could not go all the way up due to the activity alert...
Colombians make a mistake when they racket visitors, particularly foreigners. The two associations which share the income have no value-added whatsoever, which makes one regret to pay the fees demanded.
No snow was visible when we visited, only the smoke from the main crater.
One can see as much without paying... OK for vulcanology lovers.

Visited January 2013
4 Thank John P
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dornot, France
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2013

half the place is closed for security reasons (the vulcano ), that's ok but the fees are much higher to enter the site , when you are not a Colombian

Visited January 2013
1 Thank reinedornot_France
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Manizales, Colombia
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“One Colombian jewel”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

This place is amazing, there is no word to describe the magnificent and awesome mountains, sky, lands, and everything that you can find !!! For sure you have to visit this place .. the bad thing is that in this moment is close for his activity !

Visited September 2012
Thank JulianBuitrago
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