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

Pereira to Cocora Valley 7-Day Biking Coffee and Culture Tour

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

$348.10 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.

$228.35 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Green Colombia - 17 days - Travel Itinerary

Travel Package according to the following itinerary:Day 1: Arrival in Bogotá and private transport to your hotel in the old town.  Day 2: Take a flight to Pitalito and start the discovering of San Agustín and surroundingsDay 3: Full day tour to the archaeological parks of San Agustín and IsnosDay 4:  Tour to the archaeological sites of La Chaquira y el Tablón in the morning. In the afternoon, private transport to Popayan.Day 5: Full day tour to the Puracé natural park where you will discover a Paramo ecosystem and see wild condors from very close by.Day 6: Tour to visit the indigenous market of Silvia in the morning. Private transport to Tierrandentro in the afternoon. Day 7: Full-day archaeological tour of the Tierradentro park.Day 8: Private land transport to the Tatacoa DesertDay 9:  Full-day tour to discover the Tatacoa DesertDay 10: Private Transport To The Coffee ZoneDay 11: Full-day tour to discover the towns of Salento, Filandia and The Cocora Valley Day 12: Coffee Tour in the morning & private Transport To ManizalesDay 13: Full day tour to the Laguna del Otun in the Parque de lo Nevados Day 14: Bird Watching tour in the morning & flight back to Bogotá in the afternoonDay 15: Immersion tour In Bogotá (full day)Day 16 : Full-day tour to visit the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira and the sacred lake of GuatavitaDay 17:  Private transport to the airport of Bogotá so you can catch your flight back home. The quoted price includes:– All local flights– Transport, tours, and accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary– Breakfast in each hotel– 24/7 support from the Lulo Colombia staff– The use of one of Lulo’s mobile phones on your trip– A local SIM card with emergency credit– A travel application with access to all details of your trip The quoted price does not include:– International flight– Travel insurance– Not mentioned services and meals

$24 Transfers & Ground Transport

Medellin to Salento One-Way Transfer

08:00 - Your pickup at Parque el Poblado, arrival at 07:45 is recommended as the bus will leave without you if you are not on time. 15:00 - Expected arrival to Salento. Drop-off is near Brunch de Salento where you will find most hotels and hostels within walking distance.

$1110 Multi-day & Extended Tours

8 Day Cali To Medellin Party Tour

ItineraryDay 1: InductionPass By: Jardin Botanico de Cali, Cali, Valle del Cauca DepartmentStart the Induction at 3pm, After this we will be relaxing and getting to know each other and the city. Meeting point will be emailed to you two weeks before departure.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight stay in one of Cali's best party hostels.Day 2: Tour around the city of Cali and night out in San Antonio Pass By: Jardin Botanico de Cali, Cali, Valle del Cauca DepartmentToday we go on the Cali city tour. Taking you to all the hot spots in the City, followed by learning the dancethat made Cali famous SALSA! After this we will be heading to our local pub 444 for a social pint. ​Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight stay in one of Cali's best hostelsDay 3: Today you can relax by the pool before heading out for a restaurant meal and drinks.Pass By: Jardin Botanico de Cali, Cali, Valle del Cauca DepartmentUse this day to relax by the pool with a cheeky Cerveza or dos, or walk the Charming streets of San Antonio. In the Evening we will be heading out to an authentic Colombian restaurant to learn about the food and culture all while enjoying the mouth watering meal.Meals included: • Breakfast • Dinner: Head out to try some local dishes at Waunana restaurant Accommodation included: Overnight stay in one of Cali's best Hostels.Day 4: Head to Salento's coffee regions Stop At: Alquiler De Caballos Salento Quindio, Salento, Quindio DepartmentToday we leave Cali and head to the Charming town of Salento located in the beautiful coffee Regionof the country. After arriving use this time to relax and check out this little gem of a town.Duration: 2 daysMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight stay in one of salento's top rated hostels.Day 5: Coffee tour and Cocora vallyPass By: Valle del Cocora, Salento, Quindio DepartmentWake up early today and head to Cocora Valley to check out the tallest Wax palm trees in the world. Later that day we will be heading to a Coffee farm to see how it all works and get our caffeine fix of course. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight stay in one of the top rated hostels in SalentoDay 6: Head to Santa Rosa hot springs and Medellin Pass By: Termales Santa Rosa de Cabal, Santa Rosa de Cabal, Risaralda DepartmentWe will be getting up early today to head to the Beautiful Santa Rosa hot springs, this ties in with the commute to the vibrant city of Medellin.Arrive in Medellin.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Stay at the top rated hostel in medellin.Day 7: Day in MedellinPass By: Medellin Metrocable, Medellin, Antioquia DepartmentFree day for you to explore the incredible city of Medellin, take a tour, explore the local area or just go out shopping. Optional tour to comuna 13, then dinner at Wood fired pizza.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in the top rated hostel in Medellin.Day 8: Guatape Pass By: Laguna de Guatape, Medellin, Antioquia DepartmentToday we go to Guatape and climb the 700 step rock to see the beautiful landscape this place has to offer. Bring your walking boots!End of tour.Meals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.