Salamina is a lovely hidden colonial town situated 1h away from Manizales. Most travelers aren’t aware of this place; therefore, you’ll get an experience 100% authentic if you get there. Aside from colorful facades and carved balconies, Salamina is the only access to get to San Felix and Valle de Samaria.

What’s Valle de Samaria?

It’s a valley where the tallest wax palm trees in the world are growing. And, unlike in Valle de Cocora, you can still see some of them in the grove. 

Don’t hesitate to travel to Salamina instead of Salento if you want to add an off the beaten path destination to your Colombia itinerary.

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Where to stay in Salamina

Salamina is a small colonial town with not many accommodation options. You will be able to find cheap but basic hotels if you show up directly in town. However, if you're looking for something a bit more upper class, we got two excellent addresses.

  • Casa Lola

    Boutique hotel

    Casa Lola

    Beautiful building with a vintage decoration & atmosphere. Spacious rooms and a patio. They offer tours.
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  • C. de cascadas


    C. de cascadas

    10 min by car. Hotel with basic rooms but excellent facilities. Moreover, the view is fantastic. Food is delicious.
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Things to do in Salamina

Although the main highlight is the Valle de Samaria, there are other cool activities you can do to spend 3 days in Salamina.

  • Walking tour


    Walking tour

    Many famous Colombian thinkers lived in Salamina. Explore the city and learn about its passioning history.
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  • Coffee Farm


    Coffee Farm

    Visit a Colombian family who owns a coffee farm. Learn about the different stages to make a good coffee.
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  • Panela Making


    Panela Making

    Panela is a natural sugar made of sugar canes. They use it to make delicious beverages. Learn about the process.
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  • Valle de Samaria

    Day trip

    Valle de Samaria

    A hidden valley to contemplate the tallest wax palm trees in the world. Go till the end of the road, called the Mirador.
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