Bogota, Colombia's capital, is roughly 140 miles (225 kilometers) to the east of Risaralda, while Medellin is 90 miles (145 kilometers) to the north.
Risaralda is surrounded by fascinating cities, towns and villages just waiting to be enjoyed. Cartago, 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the north, and Pereira, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the northwest of Risaralda are also worth visiting should you have the time.
Ibague is 65 miles (105 kilometers) from Risaralda. This regional center offers a wide range of things to see and do, such as Tolima Art Museum, Tolima Theater and Manuel Murillo Toro Stadium. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and University of Tolima are just a handful of the many other interesting attractions that await.
If you're keen on soaking up some of the the local culture, make a beeline for Caldas' theaters and craft workshops. Every place on Earth has its own fascinating history and Caldas has its own stories to tell. The old towns in these parts provide a fascinating window on the past.
This destination also offers a range of truly unique adventures such as paragliding.
Taking the time to learn a few common Spanish words and phrases is one of the most meaningful gestures you can offer to the Colombian people. An example of a useful sentence is "¿Querría bailar conmigo?" (Would you like to dance with me?). You'll also realise that knowing "Este caballero pagará por todo", which translates to "This gentleman will pay for everything", can really make you look good.
All things have to end, but be rest assured, when it's time to say "Adiós", you'll still have photos, memories and mementos to remember your time here.