Salamina is a small colonial village full of charm. Hidden in the Coffee region, it is located 1 hour north of Manizales. Most travelers do not know this place. You will, therefore, live a truly authentic experience if you add this destination to your itinerary in Colombia. Besides its colorful facades and sculpted balconies, Salamina is the only access to San Felix and the “Valle de Samaria.”
But what is the “Valle de Samaria”?
It is a valley where the most towering wax palm trees in the world grow. And, unlike the “Valle de Cocora” of Salento, you can still see some of them in their natural state, that is to say, in the middle of the forest.
Don’t hesitate to go to Salamina rather than Salento if you want to add a destination off the beaten track to your stay in Colombia.
Getting to Salamina?
From Medellin to Salamina:
- A few direct buses per day from the South Terminal. Ask the bus company for the time departures. | Expreso Sideral | 6-7 hours
From Manizales to Salamina:
- Departures every 45 min from the terminal | 3 hours
Where's the terminal?
There is no terminal as such in Salamina. There are just two offices of transport companies located on “Carrera 6 between Calle 10 and 9a”.
It is a 10min walk to the main square of the village.
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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.
Boutique hotel - $$$
Casa LolaBeautiful building with a vintage decoration & atmosphere. Spacious rooms and a patio. They offer tours.Get the best price
Finca - $$$
C. de cascadas10 min by car. Hotel with basic rooms but excellent facilities. Moreover, the view is fantastic. Food is delicious.Get the best price
Hotel - $$
Las MariasHotel in the village square. Well decorated, in an old-classic style, with varnished wooden furniture. Good owner's advice.Get the best price
Things to do in Salamina
Although the main highlight is the Valle de Samaria, there are other cool activities you can do to spend 3 days in Salamina.
3 hours | $$
Walking tourMany famous Colombian thinkers lived in Salamina. Explore the city and learn about its passioning history.Learn more
4 hours | $$
Coffee FarmVisit a Colombian family who owns a coffee farm. Learn about the different stages to make a good coffee.
5 hours | $$$
Panela MakingPanela is a natural sugar made of sugar canes. They use it to make delicious beverages. Learn about the process.
7 - 9 hours | $$
Valle de SamariaA hidden valley to contemplate the tallest wax palm trees in the world. Go till the end of the road, called the Mirador.Learn more
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