You can’t go to Colombia without seeing the coffee region and the place with the tallest palm trees in the world: Salento Quindio.
Salento Quindio sits south of Medellín and west of Bogotá. You have to fly into Pereira and take a bus or taxi from there.
It is a tiny town filled with breathtaking views.
Spending two days in Salento was perfect.
The town of Salento Quindio is adorable and colorful.
There’s a road called Calle Real that has a bunch of cute shops and bright colors.
Throughout the whole town though, you can find colorful buildings and animals roaming the streets.
Salento Quindio – Day 1
My flight from Medellín left to go to Bogotá around 7 am.
Once I got to Bogotá, I almost missed that flight because I didn’t hear the announcement LOL.
After a wicked long day, I was finally in Pereira at 10:30 am.
I took a taxi from the airport to the Terminal de Transporte de Pereira for COP 12000.
I bought my ticket from Pereira to Salento Quindio for COP 9700 through Ealcala. I remember looking online and the tickets were like COP 55000, so that’s a huge difference.
55 minutes later and I was walking my way through Salento Quindio.
Viajero Hostel has a good rep throughout Colombia. They were only a five-minute walk from the bus station.
The views from the hostel were as pretty as a picture:
I checked in and left my bags and walked my way to Plaza Bolivar which was only another 5 minutes away.
I hopped on the 1:30 pm tour for COP 8000 to Cocora Valley and thirty minutes later I was walking around one of the most amazing places that I have ever seen.
Cocora Valley is in the eastern part of Salento Quindio.
I honestly had no idea what I was doing because I wasn’t prepared to check Cocora Valley off my list for that day, but spontaneous trips are the best.
COP 6000 later and I entered where the I Love Cocora and Mano de Acaime both are, I walked around that part of the valley and soaked in the magnificent views and fresh air.
Of course, I also took a bunch of pictures. I had to ask randoms to take pictures of me but no one cared. I also ended up taking pictures of this lady and her family a few times at a few other spots so that was cute.
I was starving after seeing that part of the valley so I decided to try two desserts that were recommended by a friend that’s from Colombia. I tried an oblea and a solterita for COP 9000 and those were both tasty. The oblea was definitely my favorite of the two.
The next party of my Cocora Valley excursion was hiking up to see the mirador.
After walking by a few horses, I paid COP 6000 to enter.
I didn’t realize that this was the part of the trip that took the longest. There are two ways to hike but I chose the shorter one because of the elevation and my cough and such.
40 minutes of huffing and puffing with a few breaks in between and I was there!!
I stayed at the top and less touristy part of the viewpoint for a bit because the views were truly unbelievable.
Reluctantly, I made my way back down after being at the top for twenty minutes. It was great timing though because it started to rain.
I ended up staying at Cocora Valley for about three hours total which was great for me (although, I could have stayed at the viewpoint for much longer).
Salento Quindio – Day 2
The breakfast at Viajero was another great perk, along with the views.
I took another stroll to the center of Salento Quindio and paid COP 26000 for a coffee tour.
Even though I’m not a fan of coffee, you can’t go to the coffee region of Colombia without a coffee tour!
There are a few different tours but I decided to do the cheaper one: Las Acacias.
The jeep dropped me off around 11:20 am and there I was taking pictures of a hen and a dog.
I sipped on my americano and watched the hen and a few birds wander around the field.
You can choose to do the tour in Spanish or English. I asked the girl if she thought I’d be okay with Spanish but she basically said no so I just decided to do English.
Make sure you bring bug spray!!! I had to buy some for COP 12000 and I still got a few bites. They’re not itchy but just weird-looking. I guess they’re just black flies or something like that.
The tour started about twenty minutes later with Alberto.
Alberto was a great guide. He was informative and thorough with his lectures.
He informed us that the owners of the field want to grow coffee for quality, not quantity.
Which doesn’t seem like a big deal until he told us that it took 3 years for the first coffee tree to actually produce the fruit! How crazy?!
We also got to pick some of the fruit for a little bit. There weren’t too many ripe ones. It amazes me that the two owners are the ones that take care of the whole farm. They only have help when it is time to pick the fruit.
Throughout the field, there were many different plants and flowers. I saw a TikTok once of this girl using some type of flower as shampoo and apparently, it’s found in the Amazon so that was neat to see.
The tour lasted just a little over an hour, which was perfect for me. I learned loads of information about coffee. It was fascinating.
It ended with another cup of coffee or espresso. I chose to get espresso to switch it up.
After a short, but hot day in Quindio Colombia, I decided to grab some dinner right in the center.
I thought this was cute:
So, if you ever decide to make it to Colombia, Salento has to be on your list!!!
Salento Quindio was truly one of the most appealing places I have ever been. So check it out!