Startlingly well preserved, Salento offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy a traditional coffee settlement. With low slung timber-built houses with colorful painted trims, Salento could almost have a wild-west feel to it – populated by coffee-style cowboys slumbering beneath straw hats and ponchos – were the scenery roundabout not so verdant and exotic.
Located approximately 7-9 hours by bus from Bogota, 6-7 hours from Medellin and 4-5 hours from Cali, Salento is the perfect location in which to base yourself whilst exploring Colombia`s coffee zone. Long regarded by Colombian tourists as one of the most beautiful pueblos in Colombia, Salento is a side of Colombia that should not be missed.
And from here you have the Valle de Cocora and its attractions right on your doorstep. Visit traditional coffee plantations and learn the coffee growing, roasting and tasting process, take a horseback ride into the valley beneath the towering wax palms, enjoy the frenetic hummingbirds and dine out on a local delicacy, trout.
- Hike to coffee fincas and learn about the process before tasting the end product
- Hike or horse ride in the Valle de Cocora
- Try your hand at the traditional sport of Tejo
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