Spend a day hiking at Valle De Cocora

Valle De Cocora is one of the prime attractions in Salento. It’s known for the country’s national tree, wax palms. It houses the tallest palm in the world, growing up to 60 meters.

Getting There: Willy’s Jeep leave from the main square at  6:10, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning and takes around 30 minutes.

Cost: Transport – COP 3,800 Per Person | Entrance to the Park – COP 2000 |

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Explore Ruta De Cafe:

Salento is the hub for the country’s gem. The region is flooded with numerous coffee farms. Walk or bike through the Ruta de Café. Two renowned farms are Don Elias and El Ocaso.

Getting There: From the centre of town, cross the yellow bridge and keep walking straight. You will see signs of “DON ELIAS” along the way. It takes around 1 hour through the serene countryside.

Cost: Don Elias – COP 8000 | El Ocaso – 15000 |

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Get closer to nature at Cascada Santa Rita

One of the gems of Salento is Cascada Santa Rita. The waterfall is nestled in a village called Boquia just a few miles away from Salento. The trail runs along a river flanked by steep mountain foothills offering striking views.

Getting There: Take a bus towards Pereira or Armenia and get down at Boquia, a rustic little village on the foot-hills of Salento. The trail begins right next to the yellow bridge.

Cost: Bus from Salento-Boquia – COP 1000 | Entrance to the falls – COP 5000 |

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Stroll through Calle Real

Calle Real is one of the prominent attractions in Salento. Calle Real is lined with restaurants and local craft stalls housed in picturesque colourful colonial houses. The road leads to the flight of steps which get to the Alto de cruz.

Getting There: Calle Real is the main street right next to the cathedral of Salento.

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Visit the View Point

See the stunning beauty of Salento, Cocora Valley and many of the mountains of the Los Nevados National Natural Park from the mirador alto de la cruz. There are six flights of 40 steps each so it is accessible to everyone. It is also the stage of the Procession at Easter.

Getting There: Continue on Calle Real where you would see flight of stairs rising towards the view-point.

Cost: N/A

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Play Tejo:

Tejo is a traditional Colombian game, where the player throws a metal disc (after which the game is named)  across an alley aiming at a wooden frame that holds mechas which are triangle-shaped envelopes with gun-powder in it which explodes loudly creating a sound similar to the one created by a small revolver upon firing.

Where to Play: Los Amigos is located two streets north of Calle Real, on Carerra 4, halfway between Calle 3 and 4.

Cost: This is a play as you drink place. They only sell beer. Every player has to purchase a bottle for COP 3500.

Tejo Salento Colombia

Where did I stay:

Hostal Finca Cardonales
I spent my first two nights in Hostal Finca Cardonales, it’s located up the hill overlooking the town almost at the same height as the Mirador in town. There is a big patio and they serve coffee round the clock. There no kitchen access to guests.
El Mocambo:
I spent over two weeks in El Mocambo. Its located in a beautiful countryside just a few miles away from the centre. They have dorms, camping ground and Safari which is a big hit. The breakfast is good and they do let their gust use the kitchen. I felt El Mocambo as the finest place in Salento to relax and unwind.

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