This booming department with delightful landscapes was created in 1910. It was named after a native priestess Yulima who was killed by the first conquistadors.
Tolima has approximately 1,800,000 inhabitants and an area of 23,562 square kilometers.
It is situated in central-west Colombia, bordered by the departments of Caldas, Huila, Risaralda, Valle del Cauca and Cundinamarca.
It's topography is quite uneven. The eastern and central cordilleras
(mountain ranges) cross the department, giving way to low regions such as the valley of upper Magdalena River, regions with an average altitude (where most of the people live), and regions with very high elevations like the impressive Nevadodel Tolima
and the Nevado del Ruiz
Such a variety of climates led to remarkable agricultural development. Tolima is the number-one rice and sesame producer in the country. Coffee and sorghum plantations also abound.
The Tolimense territory is crossed by the bountiful Magdalena River, which is the major fluvial artery in this department and throughout all Colombia.
There are many areas frequented by tourists. Among them you will find the reservoir of the Prado River, which is an excellent place to practice water skiing, Los Nevados National Park, urban historic locations like the Ambalema Historic Center (built in the 18th century) and some other towns with various tourist attractions. It also has very good hotels and an excellent communications network.
All in all, it is a beautiful department and is worthwhile to visit.
The capital of Tolima, was founded on the banks of the Combeima River in 550 by Andrés López of Galarza.
It lies in the north-wertern Tolima, 1,107 meters above sea level. Its average temperature is 20 degrees Celsius.
At present, the city has about 520,000 inhabitants.
Ibagué is the center of economic activity in the department and is one of the most important commercial centers in Colombia.
There are many interesting places to visit such as historic landmarks, museums, libraries, parks, cultural stages and many other nice attractions. It has a good stadium for sports events, and five-stars hotels.
The city is known as the “Musical City of Colombia” for its dedication to musical events such as the Festival and National Folklore Competition and for its Conservatory of Music, one of the best in the country.