How to get there

We recommend visitors be well informed and prepared before entering any sector of the protected area, always use the services of a guide specialized in mountain climbing, maps of the zone and appropriate mountain hiking equipment.

You can reach the Park through the following access routes:

Caldas Access Route
Brisas North Sector: from Manizales on the road towards Bogotá, you turn right towards the Park at La Esperanza tourism stop (kilometer 23), then after 14km you reach the crossroad towards Murillo (Tolima) which continues on the left, while on the right you find the unpaved entrance toward the Brisas Visitor Center. Here, visitors can only enter to the Valle de las Tumbas sector (4,400 MASL) 5km further, because the Nevado del Ruíz volcano has been in Yellow Level (III) volcano activity alert since 2010. This sector has no access to snow or to the edge of the glacier.

There is another access route through the municipality of Villamaría (Caldas), through the road towards Papayal village (Ruta del Cóndor), La Laguna, La Cueva sector (Parques Nacionales control point) to the Conejeras sector if you are going towards the edge of Nevado de Santa Isabel, or towards Potosí if you are going towards the Otún Lagoon (Parques Nacionales control point).

Risaralda Access Route
From Pereira to La Florida – La Suiza – El Cedral some 26km on a country road to the end of vehicle access. A bridle path begins there and goes to Otún Lagoon (about 7 – 9 hours one way on foot) and then towards Nevado de Santa Isabel. You can also reach Potosí sector (Parques Nacionales control point) from Santa Rosa de Cabal on a country road through the San Vicente thermal springs. It takes three more hours to Otún Lagoon from that point.

Quindío Access Route
From Armenia to Salento and then to Valle del Cócora for about 25km on a country road, from where you can begin a hike (9 to 10 hours) to Primavera sector and Romeral páramo. From there, you can access Nevado del Tolima and Termales Cañón, or in the other direction towards El Bosque sector (Pereira municipality), Otún Lagoon and Nevado de Santa Isabel.

Tolima Access Route
From Ibagué on a country road through Cañón del Combeima for about 47km until you reach Juntas where vehicle access ends and a 10-hour trail to Termales Cañón and Nevado del Tolima begins. There is another access route through Anzoátegui (which is 32 km from Ibague on a country road), towards Palomar, up to the point where vehicle access ends in La Cascada village. There, the hike towards Mesetas, Termales Cañón and Nevado del Tolima begins (2 days hiking).


Version 1 from April 2016

Complementary guide to interpret ecotourism map: Download (7.2 MB)
Electronic document containing a detailed description of each product and the best way to used them when planning your visit to the Park or when you are already in it.

Ecotourism map (second printable version; June 2016): Download (11.7 MB)
The printable version of the map is a PDF document that can be downloaded and printed full color in a plotter in B2 or B3 paper sizes. The map can be folded into a convenient size using the guidelines on the text side of the page.

Ecotourism map for Google Earth (desktop version): Download (13.7 MB)
You can take advantage of the virtual reality offered by Google Earth on your desktop computer to see the Park’s ecotourism map in 3D with points of interest, trails and roads. You can calculate distances to arrive to the points of interest, and get altitude and coordinate information of the different attractions plus access routes to the protected area.
Note: you must install Google Earth on your computer to see the map.

Ecotourism maps for mobile devices (second light PDF version; June 2016):
Download High Quality (6.67 MB)
Download Medium Quality (4.83 MB)
Download Low Quality (3.34 MB)
Get the lighter PDF non-navigable version of the ecotourism map in your mobile device and consult it during your visit.

Geographical information of the map for GPS devices: Download (2.34 MB)
You can incorporate data on trails and interest points in GPX files, which can be used with any GPS device. Similarly, you can use BaseCamp to load this file to Garmin brand devices and hike safely through authorized zones.

Background images of the map for Garmin GPS devices: Download (12.3MB)
Get detailed images of the ecotourism map for Garmin brand GPS devices (that support background images) and take full advantage of precise locations provided by navigation devices designed for outdoor activities.

Navigable map app for mobile devices – COMING SOON!
You will soon be able to download the application (for Android and iOS) to use the ecotourism map offline in order to know your exact location within the Park. This app is designed for mobile devices which have GPS incorporated (and do not require internet for geolocation).