Salento holiday resort for Colombian people!
For backpackers Salento is one of those almost unknown small holiday resorts in Colombia. Midweeks the small village is deserted of tourists but during the weekend a flood of young Colombian arrives for a Friday and Saturday evening party. It’s surprising that most backpackers miss this little gem on their way between Medellin and Cali. One is wondering why there are so few backpackers in Salento?
It’s easy to find accommodation of very high quality for affordable prices far lower than Medellin. During my travelling around Colombia I had the best food in Salento and it was cheap! You might think o there is nothing to do or worth seeing?
It´s the opposite the famous Cocora valley is only ten kilometers away with an old Willy jeep from 1940, a coffee tour at finca el Ocaso is four kilometer downhill walking from Salento! All the old well maintained houses from 1850 with their colorful doors and balconies are a feast for the eyes. One can find great landscape for walking and riding. There is a lot to do and see in Salento but still no tourists the reason must be bad weather?
Ok it´s a dangerous place after all Colombia is dangerous isn´t it? Salento is very safe even during the evenings there is no reason at all to be afraid! Colombia is surprisingly safe and completely different to the picture given in the media of the western world. This is particularly true for the small villages such as Salento, Salamina and Jardin, they are as far away from crime and hostility one can come.
However there are differences between the villages! There are a lot of military people and policemen sometimes in Salento while in Salamina and Jardin one can´t see even a single policeman. A bus ride of about two hours takes you from Pereira or Armenia to Salento. There is no problem to find transport to this little nice village up in the Andean mountains!
Farmer walking into Salento with his backpack, machete and rubber boots.
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