Welcome to Salento

The main drag is Calle Real (Carrera 6), which is full of artesanías (local craft stalls) and restaurants. At the end of the street are stairs leading up to Alto de la Cruz, a hill topped with a cross. From here you'll see the verdant Valle de Cocora and the mountains that surround it. If the skies are clear (usually only early in the morning), you can spot the snowcapped tops of the volcanoes on the horizon.

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$190 Day Trips & Excursions

Pereira to Cocora Valley, Salento Day Tour with Coffee Tasting

To discover the Coffee Cultural Landscape is to be in contact with nature, coffee culture and the shapes and colors of the houses in its villages. In Salento and the Cocora Valley, we have these three experiences in one day. In the morning, we will visit Cocora Valley where we will walk under the highest wax palms in the world, going up to the mountain to meet the mysterious cloud forest. We will have lunch at one of the best restaurants in the region and then you will liven up with your own hands a wax palm from Quindio, Colombia's national tree. In the afternoon, we will visit "Finca El Ocaso", to learn more about the coffee process and to discover the best kept secrets of Colombian coffee. At the end of the day, we will walk through the charming streets of Salento, the main square and its viewpoints.

$2063 Cultural & Theme Tours

7-Day Biking Tour: Coffee, Cultural and Cocora Valley from Pereira

Difficulty level: 6 - 7 of 10 (medium/high)Day 1: Meet in Pereira. Transfer to Coffee Farm. (D)Pickup time: After 1:00 p.m.You will go by Jeep Willys to the coffee farm, outside of Pereira. This afternoon, you will experience everything about Colombian Coffee, the icon of our country. Every sense will come alive to listen to, smell, see, and taste one of the best coffees in the world.Day 2: Estación Pereira – The Route of the Local Means of Transport (B, L, D)Ride a bike through coffee cultivations in the Andes Mountains and descend to one of the most important rivers in Colombia – the Cauca River. There, embark the “Brujita” and a " Garrucha" – a native Colombian transportation -. Rest and walk approximately 30 minutes to a series of waterfalls, the ideal place to swim in cool, pristine waters.Day 3: Ulloa/Quimbaya – The Route of the Beautiful Valley (B, L, D)You will ride through three of the four departments that are part of the world heritage site, the Coffee Cultural Landscape, declared by UNESCO. It’s a day of changing landscapes that allow you to appreciate the agricultural, cultural and natural wealth of the Coffee Region. Day 4: Filandia – The Route to the Quindío Lookout (B, L, D)This route, surrounded by coffee and plantain cultivations, will lead us to the municipality of Filandia, a small coffee producing, artisan village. In the afternoon, visit some artisan stores and walk through the streets of this traditional village.Day 5: Valle de Cocora y Salento – The Route of the Wax Palm Tree (B, L, D)Ride to Salento, famous for its original architecture represented in the Colonial houses and balconies of the town, as well as its artisan shops. After eating a delicious and typical lunch, perusing the streets of this beautiful town, then go to the Valle de Cocora, the door to Los Nevados National Natural Park.Day 6: Return to Pereira – Route of Happiness (B, L, D)Return to Pereira riding on a part of the highway, then on a rural road that will weave through many rural populations whose main economic activity is based on agriculture. You will be surrounded by eucalyptus trees, then cultivations – plantain, onion, tomato, and other vegetables, until you arrive to the city.Day 7: Pereira – Transfer (B)You have a free morning to enjoy the farm, surrounded by the beautiful sound of bird and an unparalleled landscape. You will begin the drive back to the airport or hotel in Pereira at 11:00am

$265.34 Cultural & Theme Tours

3-Day Tour of Eje Cafetero Coffee Region

Day 1: Manizales (L)After morning hotel pickup in Medellín, travel with your guide to Manizales, the capital of Caldas department founded in 1848. Start off your city tour at Plaza de Bolívar, where you’ll admire Neoclassical architecture. Then, absorb views of Bolívar Condor, a statue perched high above in the middle of the square.Admire Carrera 23 and board a cable car  across Quebrada Olivares. On the other side, board your awaiting vehicle and head to the nearby suburb of Chipre. Cruise along its main avenue and arrive at the sculpture of Monumento a los Colonizadores, from where you’ll capture great views.After lunch, travel to Hacienda Venecia coffee farm. After check-in, relax in a hammock, lounge by the pool or stroll through the landscaped garden. If you’ve opted for the Supreme Package, tuck into a homemade dinner. If you’ve chosen the Standard Package, purchase dinner at the hacienda or take a taxi to a restaurant in downtown Manizales (own expense). Day 2: Salento – Cocora Valley (B, D)Following breakfast, travel for about two hours south to Salento, shrouded in fog on a mountaintop in the province of Quindio.Don't be shy about asking your driver for suggestions before you set off for three hours of exploring the little town at your own pace. Discover the delights lining the colorful street of Calle Real with its traditional colonial architecture, and step into organic coffee shops and handicraft and antique stores. Ascend the staircase of Alto de la Cruz. Purchase lunch.Then you’re back in the vehicle en route to Cocora Valley, located inside tropical Parque Nacional de los Nevados. Spend your two hours here in one of several ways: follow your driver on a maze of trails passing through grasslands, towering wax palms, creeks and cloud forests; hire a guide on-site (own expense) for your hike and hear commentary on the local plant and animal life; or traverse the wonders of Cocora Valley by horse, available for rent (own expense). Afterward, return to Hacienda Venecia and enjoy dinner on-site before tucking into bed.Day 3: Hacienda Venecia Coffee Farm (B)After breakfast, take a guided tour of Hacienda Venecia for a unique look into Colombia’s coffee tradition. As you walk about the vertiginous plantation, learn about growing cafetos (coffee trees) in small plots in the high forests and the way farmers have adapted cultivation on the challenging mountain terrain.Visit the beneficiadero, the processing site, where you’ll hear about the traditional and modern methods of producing coffee. Then head back to the main house to taste a cup, after which you’ll have an opportunity to buy Venecia coffee to take home. Following the morning tour, you’ll have time for lunch (available for purchase on-site) before you’re transported back to your Medellín hotel.

$159 Cultural & Theme Tours

Armenia to Filandia and Salento Full-Day Private Coffee Tour

Discover the coffee production process from its place of origin, the methods of production, the harvest and the post-harvest processes in a big coffee farm surrounded by beautiful nature and good weather.  Next, travel to Filandia municipality to experience the work of great artisans who are committed to preserving the cultural heritage and development of the traditional crafts.Gain insight into the cultural significance of the coffee drink, learning about its characteristics in a place called "El Tambo" where you will find a monumental structure called "La Taza en el Aire Toma Café” that pays tribute to the values of the national drink. This is a great place to experience the landscape, the aroma and flavor of the best coffee in the world.After enriching your knowledge about coffee, sit down to enjoy a great specialty coffee with sweet aroma and taste in the beautiful and peaceful municipality of Salento. Later, return to your hotel with more knowledge about how to differentiate between a good cup of coffee and an average cup.

$179 Day Trips & Excursions

Quindio Surrounding Towns Private Tour Including Salento

This private tour begins at “El Cementerio Libre de Circasia” which is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in Colombia. This cementery was built to bury people regardless of their political party, religion, social class, skin color or any other characteristic. In 1982 it is recognized as a unique monument about freedom in Latin America. Then, head towards Salento to visit the historic center of the municipality, the artisans’ village and the Cocora Valley Lookout that is a place at the top of the mountain from where you can admire the beauty of a unique landscape that hosts a variety of flora and fauna. In the middle of the day you will enjoy a delicious and traditional meal of the region (trout with banana) to recharge energy and move on to visit one of the national road section where Simon Bolivar transited in 1830. After lunch, make your way to a traditional architectural tour in Filandia town to visit places like the Temple “Nuestra Señora de la Inmaculada” which is one of the five religious monuments build in Bahareque (Construction material similar to adobe, consisting of clay or mud reinforced with sticks or canes) left in the world. Then, there is a visit to Quimbaya town to know an archeological place where was discovered the Quimbaya treasure. Back to your hotel you will have a great knowledge in mind about culture, architecture, history, values and some of the towns of the Coffee cultural Landscape of Colombia.

$362 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Cali to Salento Private 2-Day Tour with Cocora Valley

Day 1: Cali – Salento (B, L) Get an early start on the day with 5am pickup at your hotel in Cali, then begin the 5-hour trip to Salento in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Upon arriving in Salento, check in to your hotel, and begin exploring the colorful town with your guide. Take in the rugged terrain from scenic viewpoints, then tour the distinctive architecture of the historic center. Pause for lunch before visiting a coffee farm to learn about Colombian coffee growing and production, with an introduction to local coffee culture and customs. Return to town, where you’ll have the evening free to browse handicraft shops, or stop for dinner in one of the town's restaurants. Day 2: Salento – Cali (B, L) The second day is all about nature: wake up for a 6am breakfast, then spend the morning hiking in the Cocora Valley. Enjoy views of rugged peaks at the edge of the lush valley, which alternates between grassland and misty, dense cloud forest, along with groves of wax palms, the towering Colombian national tree. After lunch, begin the return trip to Cali at 2pm, then finish the tour with drop-off at your hotel at 7pm.