Exploring Salento, Quindio, Colombia

Exploring Salento, Quindio, Colombia

On my way to Medellin from Armenia I spent a few days exploring Salento. Salento is quite a famous little town in Quindio. I think ‘quaint’ is the best word to describe it. Actually, it is a lot like Filandia but with more tourists.

Exploring Salento

I arrived in Salento from Armenia around 12:30pm and after checking in to my accommodation I went for lunch and a little walk.

It’s a pretty little town with lots of colors in the street.

1 Exploring Salento, Quindio, Colombia, Street

There are plenty of places to eat and artesian shops.

1a Exploring Salento, Quindio, Colombia, Artesan Shops

It has a pretty little town square with free wifi, places to sit and lots of vendors for snacks and drinks. Try a limon y coco drink (coconut and lemon), although its available all over Colombia, at least it is in Quindio.

2 Exploring Salento, Quindio, Colombia, Town Square

There’s also a nice little church. Pretty standard near the town square in a Colombian city.

3 Exploring Salento, Quindio, Colombia, Church

I ended up going up to the mirador which is probably number two on the list of every tourists “must do things” in Salento, and for good reason. The view is incredible, and unlike the one in Filandia, it is free.

4 Exploring Salento, Quindio, Colombia, Mirador, View, Valley

Such an incredible view that I have to include a second picture of it.

5 Exploring Salento, Quindio, Colombia, Mirador, View, Valley

After a good rest I went for dinner and ate a dish that is only found in Salento called patacon. It was ridiculously delicious. Kind of like a cross between pizza and nachos.

17 Delicious Colombian Foods, Patacon

The next day I went to the Ocaso Coffee Farm and took their tour. I’m not much a coffee person but I thought this was really good.

8 The Ocaso Coffee Tour, Salento, Quindio, Colombia, Traditional Coffee Brewing

When I got back to Salento I went to climb the colorful stairs. You can follow the story of the crucifixion of Jesus.

7 Exploring Salento, Quindio, Colombia, Mirador, Colorful Stairs

The stairs lead me back up to the mirador, only a different part.

The view was better at the section I went to the day before, but this one was still pretty spectacular. You can easily walk between the two, and there a few hiking trails also.

8 Exploring Salento, Quindio, Colombia, Mirador, View

The walk back down the stairs gives you a pretty good view of the town below.

9 Exploring Salento, Quindio, Colombia, Mirador, Town

On my last day in Salento it was a Colombian holiday (independence day I think) so my friend from Armenia came up to go hiking in the Valle de Cocora with me.

Before we set off we caught a bit of parade in town for the festival. There were many more people n Salento than the previous two days.

10 Exploring Salento, Quindio, Colombia, Parade

Valle de Corora was amazing. Definitely a must do while in Salento. Do the long trek (5 to 6 hours). It is worth it!

13 Hiking in the Valle de Cocora, Salento, Quindio, Colombia, Cow and Mountain

After our long day hiking we ate dinner at a local restaurant. I went for Salento’s other “famous” dish, trucha, which is a type of fish. I’m not really a fan of fish but thought I should give this specialty a go. It was fine. The crispy thing that comes with it is fried plantain and is also used as the base for patacon.

18 Delicious Colombian Foods, Truche

The next morning I took the bus to Medellin.

Getting to Salento

Catch a bus from Armenia. Maybe you can get one from other towns also, but it is really close to Armenia. Less than an hour away and costs less than 5,000COP.

From the terminal in Armenia. Walk in the door and turn right. To the right of the Periera ticket sales (amongst other cities) is a door leading outside. Go through it and go straight (slight right). Find the stand for Salento and just get on the bus. Once you are out of the city they will collect money from you.

Accommodation in Salento

There is a lot of accommodation in Salento, but it is probably a good idea to book ahead because it can get pretty busy with tourists, both foreign and local.

I ended up booking a place via AirBnB called “Habitación doble-baño privado”. It had an actualy name of a hostel but this is the title on AirBnB.

It was fine. No hot water, but it wasn’t cold either- luke warm. I got a private room with a bathroom, cable TV, and wifi. It was comfortable enough, although a bit noisy sometimes due to the other guests. The lady that ran the place was very nice.

Dorms and private rooms with shared bathrooms are also available.

The location was really good. About a five minute walk to the town square and in a quiet area.

It cost 30,000COP per night + AirBnB fees.

Address is Calle 7 #5-21.

Book your stay in Salento.

What did you do while exploring Salento? Share your thoughts in the comments 😀 .

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Comments ( 3 )
  1. Eric Gamble
    September 18, 2017 at 13:50

    The views from the mirador are amazing. What a wonderful day hike up the mountain! I had never even heard of Salento but it is definately getting added to my Colombia bucket list! Between the food, the mirador, and the church, what a wonderful find!

    • Bert Luxing
      September 18, 2017 at 14:17

      Salento really is a beautiful little town, and there’s more hiking around that area also. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Dawnmarie
    September 18, 2017 at 18:03

    I like when people include pictures on their travel blogs. It is interesting to me to see placed that are so different from where I live. Buildings practically butted up to the road are one thing that I do not often see. It seems like you lead a life of variety!

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