Salento

Salento is Main Street of Salentoa typical paisa village located 24 kms away from Armenia. It is surrounded by mountains and is usually the starting point for the Valley de Cocora. Salento is so lovely and quiet that you might end up staying more than you expected.

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ATTRACTIONS, SIGHTS AND ACTIVITIES
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Salento is a small town and it should not take you more than 2 hours to see it all. The main attractions include the main square and the Alto de la Cruz. Located at the end of Calle Real (Carrera 6, where all the souvenir shops are), you will find at set of stairs symbolising the carrying of the cross. At the top, you can benefit from amazing views over Salento and the valley around.

Salento is also full of souvenirs shops, and the prices are affordable (we paid 12,000 pesos for a decent pancho) so it could be a good idea to do your shopping here in this quiet atmosphere rather than wait for the last day in Bogota.

Horse riding in SalentoThe main reason to go to Salento (outside of relaxing and reading books) is to visit the Valley de Cocora. But you can also take the opportunity to ride horses and visit another part of the valley, or visit a Finca and study coffee making process. A new activity has recently launched: bike city tours through CicloSalento. Hopefully they will soon offer proper mountain biking as the region is an ideal playground for it.

Horse Riding
All hostels will be able to direct you or give you information. Here is one tested service :

Alvaro Gomez offers several trips including the tour by horse of the Valley de Cocora, several waterfalls, and night tours. It usually costs 30,000 Pesos for a half day trip. More information at the Plantation House or call Don Alvaro Giraldo Gomez - 311 3758293.

Mountain Biking with CicloSalento
They offers tours of the city Bike rental by the hour or by the day - with or without guide.
Address: Calle 7 No. 1 - 04 
Cel: (57) 318 6688763

Visit a Finca
Plantation House offers tours in English of their own Finca. It's close to the Hostel so an easy option if you are staying for a short period of time will not have the time to go to Armenia or visit a bigger Finca. Other Fincas in the area are Don Gustavo or Don Elias. Prices for  tours are usually 5,000 Pesos including a coffee.

...=> Salento Travel Guide Part 2: Accommodation, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Nightlife, Getting There

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