Getting to Salamina
To get to Salamina, shared taxis from the bus terminal in Manizales leave whenever there are four passengers. The cost is COP$20,000 per person and the ride takes about two hours. There are buses just about hourly but they take nearly three hours to do the trip. From Medellín, buses pass through La Merced and La Felisa. The trip to the nearby town of Aguadas is about two hours long and costs COP$12,000 per person.
Our hotel was Hotel Colonial, located right on Parque Bolívar. It’s a traditional home with big beautiful rooms. The staff was very helpful and friendly and gave us plenty of tips while visiting. A large room for the night cost COP$75,000 (as of May 2015) and had a great view of the mountains and fast wifi. The only problem was the noise. It was very loud until nearly 2am. The music from the bars and noise from the people sounded like it was all happening in our room.
Eating in Salamina
For a good breakfast or traditional Colombian meal, Tierra Paisa, located under Hotel Colonial, is a good bet. For a great cup of coffee, visit La Exclusiva, located on the plaza.
Don’t forget to visit Café El Polo to try the local specialties, La Macana and Huevos al Vapor.