Ibagué: What to do and Where to Go?

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Not a touristy Columbian trail but is definitely worth a visit. The backdrop of natural beauty is a treat for the eyes. It is the capital city of the Tolima department where I found market, plazas, park, and botanical gardens. The plethoras of options signify that you are never going to run out of options. Take a quick look at the attractions you can check out when you are in Ibagué.

Plaza De Bolívar

Just as the other plazas, this too, is a great spot for gorging on street food and watching people. The attractive square with garden and fountain is bordered by government buildings and cathedral. I took a peek inside this cathedral. There are many coffee shops, restaurants, and dessert stores. Suggested by all locals, I made my way to a dessert shop to taste oblea, the sweet Columbian treat.

Museo La Martinica

Do you want to get a glimpse of nature? Visit this jumping point. Museo La Martinica is an excellent natural reserve only ten minutes away from the city. I hiked to the top of the hill, which is actually 2-3 hours of climb. If you want, you can also camp in here to watch wildlife. Other than this, you can go horseback riding, bird watching, abseiling, and rappelling. I also went mountain biking to explore the viewpoints. In case you want to relax, try out the spas and facilities offering swimming pool.


Tamales in this city are the best and I completely agree with this fact. Choose your favorite and sample it. The wrapped-up goodness is delectable. It is made from dough of cornmeal which is mixed with carrots, potatoes, chicken, egg, or pork. Thereafter, it is steamed inside a banana leaf. Lechona is my favorite one. It is slow cooked meat of pig having crispy skin that is stuffed with onion, rice, and spices.