The royal colors of Salento

Salento, "father of Quindío", since it’s the oldest municipality in this department in the Coffee Axis. Founded on September 16, 1842. A town full of color and lush vegetation. Very frequented by tourists due to its proximity to the Valle de Cocora (Cocora Valley) where Palma de Cera (Wax Palm), Colombia's national tree, abounds.

Most of Salento's inhabitants live on tourism. Its streets are full of shops, restaurants, accommodations, cafes and many other shops, so I recommend bringing a budget just for your purchases.

In Salento you will find a wide variety of products such as:

  • handmade garments

  • clothing

  • footwear

  • accessories

  • paintings

  • souvenirs

  • crafts

It is a destination for shopping and taking unforgettable photos on its streets with colorful facades. Its main attraction is the famous Calle Real (Royal Street), since there was a time in which only the wealthiest families in the area lived in this street. It is currently where the greatest commercial activity is found. It has a gazer just at the end of the street which can be reached after climbing a long staircase. The gazer offers a beautiful panoramic view of Salento and the Cocora Valley.

Like many tourist sites in Colombia, Salento is a walking destination during both day and night and its climate, although cold (average temperature is 18 degrees Celsius), is delicious. I will definitely return one day to stroll through its streets full of royal colors.

Places of interest in the area:

  • Cocora Valley

  • Los Nevados National Natural Park

  • Plaza de Bolívar

  • Traditional Colonization Architecture (along Calle Real)

  • Calle Real (Along the street and on both sides you will find a wide variety of warehouses and craft workshops where works in wood, guadua, natural fibers, fabrics, jewelry, among others are exhibited. In addition, in some places you will find food products based on coffee and restaurants with typical food.)

  • Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen (first parish to be established in Quindío in 1843; it had to be remodeled due to an earthquake in 1999; its architecture has both Colombian and Spanish influence)

  • Ecoparque el Mirador y Alto de la Cruz

  • Aldea del Artesano

  • Puente de la Explanación "El Amparo" (located in Vereda Boquia; inaugurated in 1929)

  • Guadalajara Reserve

  • Cocora Waterfalls

  • La Guayana Biological Station

  • Coffee Tour (Located in the Palestina Vereda, several farms offer a guided tour in both Spanish and English about the artisanal process of planting, production, benefit, commercialization and preparation of a Special Sustainable Coffee)

  • "La Tierra Prometida" Agroecological Park (located in Vereda La Nubia 15 minutes from Armenia, if you travel along the road to San Juan)

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