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Salento Travel Guide: 88 reviews and 391 photos

The Heart of Colombia's Coffee Region

Salento is a cute tiny town in Zona Cafetera, the oldest of the department of Quindío (with only 10.000 residents), founded in 1850. Salento is less than an hour from Armenia, but it feels a hundred years away. The charming main square and streets around it retain the dimension of a typical pueblo paisa. The colourful two-storey buildings along Calle Real from the main square to the stairs to the viewpoint Alto de la Cruz have been excellently preserved. Aside from the occasional car or motorcycle passing through and the fact that nearly every building along this street has been converted into a restaurant or artisan shop, not much has changed here.

This is the best place to explore nature, whether it's by horse riding along the Quindío River or by jeep to the gorgeous Valle de Cocora. The landscape is so green and absolutely stunning. You can take a hike among the mighty wax palms (palma de cera), the national tree of Colombia, native to this area. Your trip to Salento will not be completed without trucha con patacón (trout with a very thin and large plantain pancake) and tinto from locally grown and roasted coffee beans. No wonder, I fell in love with this place :)

  • Last visit to Salento: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated Apr 12, 2009
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  • elsadran's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Me, too, fell in love with this place!!!

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2010 at 2:12 AM

    Great page here. Congrats. I liked doors, balconies and coffee making photos. excellent. Bora

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    Mira, despite a few glitches here and there your Salento trip looks and sounds fantastic! It was great that Las Palmas guesthouse came to your rescue and then some! I really loved your Wax Palm and Restaurante Andrea tips. Beaut page!

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2009 at 5:48 AM

    Great mix of culture, color and food. I can taste Colombia and I am off to make some coffee right now. It's been on my list for quite a few years, hope to go next year. Thanks.

  • pikuu's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2009 at 7:11 AM

    YES, I feel the coffee aroma in your stories. And I do like it. This page is not only set of well-written tips but above all professional photo-album with great pictures of people and patterns (incredible door collection)!!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2009 at 5:49 AM

    So this is where the coffee comes from! I would love to visit the finca of Don Elias and see how organic coffee is grown. Fine photos in your tips and travelogues! The Café Jesús Martín sounds fantastic.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    I so loved the colourful houses at Calle Real & the great views from the climb of many steps = You were lucky with your accommodation!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Apr 19, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Great page Mira - as with all your Columbia pages I am transported there and desperate to visit! I love the colours of Calle Real and the farm of Don Elias especially (I love good coffee!)

  • SapineKuu's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    El hombre de Salento que decirque si!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Apr 12, 2009 at 8:36 AM

    This brings back many great memories! I loved Cocora Valley and also had a tour with Don Elias (the coffee was delicious). Salento is absolutly a place to visit if you go to Colombia!

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