If you’re visiting Colombia’s ‘Zona Cafetera’, you’re already bound to have the gorgeous town of Salento on your radar. This popular mountain centre is probably best to visit during the week, as come the weekend, it swells with the tourist load and can feel a wee bit Disneyfied.
Aside from the beautifully green hills and coffee plantations that surround Salento, the other major draw is none other than Valle de Cocora – but let’s get to that at the end of this post.
Salento has preserved its its original colourful charms. Once you get past the feeling that it all seems a little contrived and too perfect – with its multi-coloured houses, hanging baskets of flowers and street musicians – it’s a charming spot to easily spend a couple of days.