SALENTO - COLOMBIA
Salento is a popular tourist destination located in the cafeteria district of Colombia. People come here to visit the beautiful landscapes and tall wax palms of the Cocora Valle. They generally also stay a lot longer than intended because it is very relaxing.
There are plenty of things to do in Salento. It is a quaint, walkable town with very friendly locals. But one of the best things about it is that it is also another destination where you can do nothing.
THINGS TO DO IN SALENTO, COLOMBIA
The Cocora Valley is a must see tourist destination within all of Colombia. It boasts tall wax palms that cannot be seen anywhere else.
It is easy to get to and the full circuit will take you five hours. A great day activity.
While there you can visit Acaeme and see the hummingbirds in action.
Read more about how to in this article.
Being deep in the coffee district, there are plenty of different coffee fincas to visit to learn about the coffee making process.
They all range in price and quality of service / level of information. It is worth asking around for what will suit your budget and needs.
I visited two different farms:
- Osacu; &
- Don Eduardo's Coffee Finca
Both were great, but I definitely found that the Don Eduardo's Coffee Experience was the better one. Partly because it was in English, so I understood more, but the level of information was to a higher standard.
LOS NEVADOS TREK
The Los Nevados Trek is no easy task but it sure is a rewarding experience. This can be added to the Cocora Valle trek and can be done over two nights / three days.
You will walk up to the Colombian Andes Highlands and witness some spectacular landscapes and ecosystems.
This trek can be done without a guide, as was one of our biggest questions before departing. This article on the Los Nevados Trek will give a hint of what to expect and how to do it on your own.
PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIES
I had to put it in here. Only because everybody you speak to in town will either have had a peanut butter brownie from 'Brunch', or will be on their way to have one.
It's not so much a thing to do, but something to eat, and it is devilishly good. You will most likely feel sick afterwards because it is so sweet, as I did after my third one. But well worth the sugar high and the experience.
Brunch also serves big and tasty meals at good prices.
They also sell homemade peanut butter by the jars to take with you on your travels.
Salento is north-east of the department of Quindío, Colombia. It is possible to get buses to Salento directly from the major cities - Bogotá, Cali and Medellin. But is is more common to get a bus from any of the above to Pereira (the closest major town) and then another from Pereira to Salento.
Buses leave during the week:
- 14:50; and
Note: Buses leave on the weekend hourly from 07:50 to 17:50.
- Take a bus going to Armenia and ask the driver to stop at Las Flores. From there, you just cross the road and wait for a bus coming from Armenia. Then hop on and it will take you to Salento.
From Armenia (1 hour)
Everyday. Every 20 minutes from 06:00 to 21:00
The location of 'Brunch' is below: