Salento is one of those charming colonial villages in the coffee region. The facades of the houses are colorful, jeeps drive around and men with hats are everywhere. The shopping street leads to a viewpoint that offers a superb view of the valley and the surrounding mountains.
With the “Valle de Cocora” nearby, Salento has become famous and therefore extremely popular with tourists. Unfortunately, most of the inhabitants have left the village for economic reasons and/or nuisance. This municipality has lost some of its authenticity. Avoid going there during the high season. If the sight of Valle De Cocora is a must on your tour in Colombia, you don’t have to sleep in Salento. Choose to stay in Filandia. You can easily plan a day trip to discover the giant wax palms.
In Salento there are 3 main activities:
Visit Valle de Cocora
Hiking for several days in the mountains of Los Nevados
Take a coffee tour
The coffee towers are very different from each other. Choose your tour according to what you are looking for. A simple tour of a family coffee farm, an in-depth explanation of the coffee-making process followed by a coffee tasting…
“Valle de Cocora” is one of the Colombian sites where you can observe the highest palm trees in the world (40 – 60m). The village of Salamina with “Valle de Samaria” may be an excellent alternative if you are looking for a less touristy place.
When you are in Valle de Cocora, take the path on your right and enter through the blue door. Walking in this direction, you will end up in the valley and enjoy incredible views.
Essential things to know about Valle de Cocora:
It’s an easy-medium 5 hours hike, and you won’t find shops on the way. You can order a sandwich to take away at Brunch in the morning.
Start early as the weather is often better. The first jeep leaves at 5h30 am | 20 min drive
The last jeep leaves at 6 pm
Take some money with you. Entrance + Jeep + Acaime
Acaime is a hummingbird sanctuary. It’s 100% worth it. Going down from Acaime, don’t turn right after the wood fence! It’s a path leading to Los Nevados. Just go straight.
There are many accommodation options in Salento and for every budget. The town isn't big, and you won't need a taxi to move around. However, be aware that Salento can be a bit noisy because of the tourists and vehicles. Avoid staying on the main square or in Camino Real street.
It's easy and cheap to pay for a taxi or a jeep and reach the hotels outside Salento. Some of them are quite incredible! It's the perfect option if you want to stay in a peaceful place, surrounded by birds and trees. Check out the untypical options I found for you.
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