To enjoy the spectacular view of Belalcázar, you will need to travel up through a winding road between plantations of coffee and platano (similar to bananas) to the peak of Cerro del Alto del Oso. You’ll encounter fantastic views along the way, but nothing that will compare to the spectacular view from the peak of the mountain.
Here you will find a giant 45.5 m tall (148 ft) statue of Christ the King, that was constructed over a 7-year period from 1947-1954, with the hope of ending political bloodshed, and restoring peace to Colombia.
The view from the base of the statue is quite amazing, as on a clear day you can enjoy views for hundreds of miles in every direction of 4 states of Colombia: Caldas, Quindío, Risaralda, and Valle del Cauca. If you actually climb up into the head of Jesus you can also Chocó, along with Los Nevados del Ruiz and Santa Isabel. And yes you did read that right, you will actually have the opportunity to climb right up into the head of this giant statue as well. Enjoying even more wonderful sites from windows all the way up into the head of Jesus himself. But a word of warning, if you’re claustrophobic you may not enjoy the narrow stairs or the limited space, that gets smaller and smaller the higher you go.
You’ll have time for plenty of photos here as well as a coffee or two before making your way back down into Viterbo to enjoy some lunch at one of the many restaurants.