Salento, Colombia

Where to Stay

What to See

La Carbonera

The way towards La Carbonera
by Stefdiscoveringtheworld about 9 years ago
The way towards La Carbonera

I know everyone loves the "Valle de Cocora", for the Palmtrees and the views, well i have news for you. Just on the otherside of Salento, over the mountains is a place called "La Carbonera". The place it self is nothing to exciting, a family run farm (except for the Humming Birds, which are part of the family). No the thing i want to share with you is the way to get there. The views, the trees and the never ending calmness. Nobody for miles, except for the landslights one needs to overtake (which can beecome an adventure by it self). For me it was one of the highlights of being in Salento. If you want to the the highest Palmtrees, then make your way towards La Carbonera!!!

Valle De Cocora

Wax palms, surreal landscape, and chocolate with cheese
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 9 years ago
Wax palms, surreal landscape, and chocolate with cheese

Really enjoyed the hike through Valle de Cocora. The ride there took about 30 minutes and only seemed a little long because we were hanging off the back of a jeep! There are several routes you can take once you get there. We took the one that goes through "La Montana," or the red route on the map at the park entrance. We passed cows, the famous wax palms, a trout farm, several river crossings, a waterfall, and wild horses. At the top of the mountain is a place where you can order bad chocolate and cheese. The hike took us 3-4 hours to complete, cost less than $5 (includes transportation), and was just awesome. Highly recommend.

What to Do

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding with Colombian cowboys - $20/person
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 9 years ago
Horseback riding with Colombian cowboys - $20/person

I was a first-time horseback rider when I did this activity, offered through La Serrana, an eco-farm and hostel located just outside of Salento. The horses are farm horses but they ride well, and even those who were experienced enjoyed the ride. Our gaucho guide led us through gorgeous scenery, across a river, up a hill, over an old bridge and through a small town. At the end of the ride--about 3-4 hours long--we stopped at our guide's home and were offered aguapanela by his wife. It was a nice way to see the countryside. Make sure to bring extra padding and a pancho! Note that the price does not include the ride back to La Serrana.

Where to Stay

Central

LAS PALMAS
by Stefdiscoveringtheworld about 9 years ago
LAS PALMAS

What a place, Las Palmas!!! Around 20 years ago they opened up this lovely family run business, the first in Salento. Its one of the many traditional buildings with a great terrace and the biggest cat youll ever see. Now the city is filled with new Hostels run by fellow travelers, which are hip and trend, but there are not the souls of Salento. The thing is if you are looking for a more real like experience, this is the place. Home is waiting for you there!