Salento is a small town in the Colombian coffee region that cannot be overlooked by visitors to the country. It retains its traditional feel yet has something to offer just about anyone.
Getting to Salento is easy from Pereira and Armenia with direct buses taking less than an hour one way. They depart about every hour on Saturdays and Sundays to and from Pereira’s bus terminal on Expreso Alcalá (limited schedule on weekdays), and every 20 minutes to and from Armenia. My tickets to Pereira cost COP$7,000 each.
The bus station is located behind the high school, about four blocks from the plaza. It’s also possible yet much more expensive to take a taxi from either Armenia or Pereira to Salento.
Salento is easily walkable. The town isn’t very big at all, and everything you need is just a few blocks away. You can even walk to a coffee farm near town in less than an hour.
If it’s a busy weekend, you might want to buy your ticket out of Salento early. Buses fill up fast! We were very lucky to get out of town and only waited two hours for a bus to Pereira. Others in larger groups had to backtrack to Armenia and catch a bus to Pereira from there.
To go to Valle de Cocora, jeeps leave from the plaza for just under COP$4,000 one way.
Take a Jacket!
One last note – Salento is chilly at night. It’s a good idea to bring a jacket.