Salento was probably one of my favorite places I visited in Colombia. It was a quiet, laid back town that wasn’t too touristy for how beautiful it was. It’s located in the coffee region and was one of the top spots to tour the coffee plantations and try the famous Colombian coffee.
Cynthia and I stayed in a hostel out of town that had a very homely feel to it. It was located in a beautiful area, surrounded by tons of greenery and trees. For me, the nature and serenity of it was a much needed change from the hustle and bustle I had been experiencing in other cities. The downside of its serenity though was there was no wifi for emergencies and it was 2 miles away from town. So either we would hire a Willy (Jeep taxis) to come and get us, of huff it all the way into and out of town sometimes with our big backpacks, or groceries from town. This got exhausting after a while, but for me was well worth it as nature traveling is more of my scene versus big city travel.
Day 1 in Salento, we decided to sign up for a more touristy type, English spoken coffee tour. The tour was decently close to our hostel so we walked down a dirt road about a mile or so, and arrived at the tour. They took us through how the coffee beans were grown and harvested, and we got time to pick some ourselves. I got the most, I might add. We then got to watch the process of grinding down the coffee beans and making our own coffee. Pretty epic deal drinking Colombian coffee on a cool morning in Colombia.
The next day we went to Valle de Cocora, Las Palmas. To get there we packed tightly into a Willy and took about a half hour drive up there. It was a long hike to rolling fields of endless palm trees. The hike was decently strenuous, but the more difficult, the more energized I feel. I practically ran up the hike. When we got near the top, it was so fog covered, we could barely see anything. We were a little disappointed at first, but soon ignored the feeling and instead took in the sight of the foggy view and outlines of trees. As we descended, we realized the top wasn’t even the view we were waiting for. At the bottom, the very end of the hike, were where the open field of palm trees were. They were extremely tall and skinny with little top hats of Palm leaves.