Although an important stop-over in times gone by, a new route bypassing Salento was later established, leaving this picture-perfect little town to languish in obscurity. This obscurity is to blame for the retention of the original, pretty-pretty architecture, that most other towns around the area lost due to “upgrading” in the name of progress, not of prettiness.
Around 24 kilometres from Armenia (the Colombian city, not the European country), Salento is once again a Colombian focal point, this time not to get to the major cities, but to escape them instead. Local tourists swarm Salento on the weekend, eating mountains of the local delicacy, trout; buying beautiful local handicrafts, ponchos and hats; and generally just living a little cowboy fantasy of their own.
Salento is set in truly breathtaking surrounds. The green, misty hills lined with dairy cows and coffee plantations (take a tour!) demand a little time spent basking in them. And, first and foremost, a jeep ride to the nearby Valley of Cocora is strongly recommended, with its atmospheric mountains and towering, emblematic, Wax Palm trees. Most importantly, though: take your time, relax, and drink up the ease and peace this Coffee Triangle treasure radiates.