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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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.
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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.
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