Flying- Both Armenia and Pereira have airports and are about the same distance from Salento. Upon arrival take a cab to bus terminal where buses run regularly to Salento.
Price- Cab to bus terminal $15K COP ($5 USD) Bus to Salento $7K COP ($2.33 USD)
Bussing- Around 3 hours from Cali, 6-7 from Medellin and 7-8 from Bogota. You’ll still have to arrive in Armenia or Pereira, though, and switch buses to Salento.
Price- around $60-80K COP (around $20-26 USD)
Once here get around town on foot.
Sleeping: El Viajero Hostel. Small bathrooms in the dorm but other than that no complaints. Kitchen had amenities, breakfast was adequate, good vibe. Met a lot of people here and they had activities in the evenings and nice places to hang out and relax.
Overall- 8.5/10 Price- $10.23 for a mixed bed dorm Average for Salento
Eating: Brunch Diner- Amazing!!!! Delicious food and huge portions. Really nice staff and a great environment. The worst part is deciding what to get!
Doing: Hike Cocora Valley, take a coffee tour, walk to the lookout point, shop, play tejo
Hike- Cocora Valley is famous for the 60 meter high palm trees. They do not disappoint. Catch a jeep from the main square (your hostel can give you times they leave) and hike the loop counterclockwise so you can end with the magnificent trees. The trail isn’t marked well so be careful! If you’ve hit the hummingbird sanctuary – head up to have a cup of hot chocolate with queso (super Colombian)
but when you head back down you do NOT continue on- this way leads up to a view point and is NOT part of the loop. Come back the way you came, cross the bridge made of tree trunks, and look for a sign with a red arrow. Note: The arrow is pointing in the direction that you just came from. From the sign- take the trails to the RIGHT to continue on the correct way.
Price- Jeep $3,800 COP ($1.20 USD) Trail $2K COP ($.66 USD) Hummingbirds $5K COP ($1.66 USD)
Take a coffee tour- There are a few options here, you can walk to three different plantations that have shorter tours (around an hour/hour and a half) or take a jeep to one farther out that is a much longer tour (3.5 hours). Ask your hostel for details on the differences. I walked to Ocaso and really enjoyed their tour.
Price- Tour $15K COP ($5 USD) Jeep back- $3,000 COP ($1 USD)
Walk to the lookout point- It’s a short walk in town and has a nice view. Note- this is different than the park. You’ll see colored steps at the end of the main shopping street that leads to a park. This viewpoint is mediocre. I believe you can walk to the lookout point from there if you hike a bit (go left) but you can also get there from the street.
Shop- In the square and along one of the streets you’ll find some excellent shopping!
Tejo- The national game of Colombia. Throw discs at a target that are full of gunpowder. They’ll explode when you hit the target. Play at Los Amigos or at Beta Town.
Staying: 2-3 days
Going: Most people bus to Bogota or Medellin if you’re coming from south. If you’re heading south then bus to Cali for some salsa on your way to Ecuador.