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Salento is another small town near Pereira, Colombia; however, it’s most certainly a key tourist destination site. Its small size should; however, not deter you from making a stopover as you plan to explore other fascinating locations in Colombia during your travel guide. With a strong cultural background and unlimited getaway options, there are many outdoor and indoor locations to visit.
I have come up with a travel guide to Salento, Colombia that enlightens visitors (including you) on everything you should know before visiting this town. From the most luxurious dining areas to the most attractive locations, you should know everything after reading this post.
Easy travel styles to Salento
There are different traveling alternatives you can choose to access this beautiful town. From urban road networks to an easily-accessed airport, you can reach Salento in style.
Access by express Buses
There are express buses that can get you to Salento from Bogota or Pereira. Some of the operating bus companies include, Expreso Palmira, Bolivariano, Velotax, Fiota Magdalena, and Cootraciv. You should; however, check with the bus service to make sure you understand how they operate before beginning your journey.
⬆️ Trust me, I learned my lesson first time around. Moral of the story… PLAN AHEAD!
Taxis are other alternatives tourists and locals use to access Salento. However, keep in mind (depending where you are), that taxis will be more expensive than taking a bus. If the taxi service depends on meter reading, you should make sure it starts at the zero mark before beginning your journey.
Choosing to privately drive to Salento is another alternative to access the town. And this alternative will of course be even more expensive. So the option is up to you. For us (my family), we always take a private bus only because it’s a big group of us and we want to enjoy the ride together.
4 in-Depth Explorations not to miss
Salento promises a memorable experience to make your travel guide and tourists sites unforgettable for you. There are 5 exciting top things to do in Salento, Colombia that I have looked at which you should not miss.
1. Visit a family-owned coffee plantation
Coffee is a major export in Salento. The town depends on tourism, coffee and dairy farming as its major economic activity. Most families specialize in growing and selling these precious commodities to the locals and international market.
In this travel guide, when in Salento, Colombia you should visit a local family and understand how coffee is grown and harvested. Also, you can tour huge farms owned by the residents. These families are very friendly and you don’t need to worry about anything. They will even offer a cup of coffee once you get acquainted with them.
2. Horseback riding
You can decide to go for a horseback ride in the Cocora Valley. These rides normally start at the town center and cut through forest cover. During the trip, you will see beautiful landscapes, the Cocora Valley, and the Quindio River.
However, during the trip, you should have arranged for your own lunch or buy at some local shops. This is because there is no formal arrangement.
Horseback riding is an ideal activity for couples and young adults.
3. Biking tours
Depending on the season you are visiting Colombia, attempting a bike tour should be include in your bucket list. There are nature trails where a local guide will show you. There are also different settings that are not only thrilling but fascinating (the tracks are never-ending).
From the distributed pine forests to beautiful plain terrains, you can enjoy a 3-4 hours biking tour. Based on your abilities and physical strength, you should ride to any spot you want. The tour cuts through vast coffee farms and scattered villages.
4. Visit different natural reserves
Los Nevados National Park, for instance, is approximately 116 kilometers (72 miles) from Salento town. You will use the Pereira-Armenia road to arrive at this scenic untamed location.
This National Park has active volcano mountains, high wax palms, and natural hot springs. Many tourists flock this location to go hiking. You should note that the climate and weather can suddenly change within the hours.
Getting to Los Nevados National Park from the town center
There are private jeeps ready to take you to the National Park. Depending on the time of day and season, your guides will advise on the perfect location to begin a hike.
Dining, Hotels, and Where to Stay
If you are planning to stay in Salento for a few days/weeks, you should not worry about spending a night in one of the many cozy motels around town. There are many beautiful guesthouses in Salento to pick from.
Stay in Beta Hotel
The Betatown Salento Beta Hotel is a relatively new hotel that offer discounts to customers on special occasions and other rewards, including transport to other locations. This hotel is clean, cozy, and has spacious rooms.
The hospitable service and 17 available rooms in the hotel will make you want to stay longer.
There are attractions like, Iglesia Nuestra Señora Del Carmen, Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and Ecoparque the Mirador Alto De La Cruz close to Beta Hotel.
Hotel EL Mirador del Cocora
Inside this hotel, you will get a chance to see the beautiful Cocora valley as you are served delicious food. There is free internet available and you can read anything in the news as you enjoy your stay here.
The rooms are spacious and clean.
Iglesia Nuestra Señora Del Carmen, Region Paisaje / Landscape Region, and Ecoparque the Mirador Alto De La Cruz are also close to Hotel EL Mirador del Cocora.
Eating and Dining in Salento
You should be left with unlimited choices when you want to either have breakfast or eat late lunch. Colombia is famous for its assortment of native and European traditions with a strong Afro-Caribbean influence.
You should know the particular menu to order.
Following 2 choices for you:
- Colombian Cuisine: A delicious Latin American food that can be served either in the morning, lunch, or diner. The flavor and big portion will make you full and ready for Hike.
- Bandeja Paisa: This is a popular Colombian dish that is common in even traditional restaurants. It contains rice, beans, carne en polvo (powdered beef), a fried egg, chicharron, chorizo, avocado, a ripe plantain, and an arepa.
- Salento Trucha y Patacón: Trucha (trout) is a freshwater fish that is delicious even if it is not served with some extra chili sauce. In Colombia, trout is a common delicacy that served with different sides such as patacón, ensalada (salad), or arroz (rice).
You can enjoy a plate of trout in any local restaurants and chat with the friendly locals.
Note: You can order either grilled or backed trout.
Hope this travel guide to Salento, Colombia was informative and useful for you. Happy traveling jet-setters!