In this post, we will display to all of you what to do in Salento-Quindío. Additionally, we will display the different hiking routes which visitors and tourists could take when hiking to Cocora Valley. Lastly, in this post, we have also categorized the routes depending on the difficulty level they have; for this reason, you could choose the route which fits you better.
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IN THIS POST, YOU COULD FIND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
- How to get to Salento?
- Lodging in Salento
- What to do in Salento?
- Hiking routes in Cocora Valley
- Circle map in the Cocora Valley
- Final recommendations at time to visit Salento
Let’s get started with the adventure 🌴.
PLACES YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SEE IN SALENTO
- A route full of a vast variety of flora and fauna biodiversity.
- House of the hummingbirds (Colibríes).
- View of the Cocora Valley and viewpoints.
HOW TO GET TO SALENTO 🚌?
FROM PEREIRA TO SALENTO
If you are going to travel to Salento from Pereira, you should depart from Terminal de Transportes de Pereira in order to board the bus to Salento, Quindío. Those buses depart from Pereira to Salento every hour starting at 6:30 A.M, and its cost is about $9000 Colombian pesos (2 USD). Finally, the trip lasts one hour and a half.
LODGING IN SALENTO
Once you are in Salento, you could find a variety of hotels, hostels, or glamping, which you can search on different travel and tourism websites such as www.booking.com or www.hostelworld.com. If you travel with your family, you are going to require a more personalized tour, so, you can get in touch with us, and we will provide you all the details you need to take this tour, click here
WHAT TO DO IN SALENTO?
As you may know, Salento town is recognized nationally and internationally as the house of the Wax Palm, also, it is also recognized for its colorful streets with a colonial style. Additionally, close to the town, you could visit the main viewpoint of Salento which is located just a couple of minutes from the principal park of Salento. As a recommendation, we highly suggest you visit when at sunset because the view at this point of the day is simply amazing.
Foto mirador de Salento:
Then, we will show you some routes which you could take, and enjoy once you are in Salento.
HIKING ROUTES IN SALENTO 🌴
At Cocora Valley, you could find several hiking routes to visit from waterfalls, rivers, páramos, and even nevados. Here, we will display some hiking routes which you could take with your family or friends. Moreover, we will give you important recommendations in order to avoid the most common mistakes which visitors tend to make when they are visiting Cocora Valley.
HIKING ROUTES COCORA VALLEY AND PALMAS VIEWPOINT (FAMILIAR ROUTE)
This route is quite interesting if you are traveling with your family, or if you are simply going to chill out surrounded by nature. As you go deeper into the route, you could find some available areas where you could take photos. Finally, this hiking route has an approximate distance of one kilometer.
NOTE: There will not be any problem to go with adults or seniors, since this route is under good conditions.
Cocora Valley Photo Trail:
If you keep climbing for this hiking route, at the end of the route, you would find the entrance next hiking route, we will explain next
HIKING ROUTES VALLE DEL COCORA-FINCA LA MONTAÑA
To be able to arrive at this point, it is mandatory to cross the routes we mentioned above in order to continue with the tour in which an unpaved road is seen, and last but not least, you will find a farm that has an iconic view of Cerro del Quindío which is also title ‘’Cerro Morrogacho’’. This mountain is the highest mountain in the department of Quindío. If you want to know more about this mountain, you can take a look at the following post on our website Cerro Morro Gacho .
Photo by: @____sergio
To get this farm from Cocora Valley, there is about 3,5 kilometers
HIKING ROUTES COCORA VALLEY-LA MONTAÑA FARM-HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD
After having crossed the previous viewpoints, and having reached a house called La Montaña, you will discover a bridle path full of sharp stones, which, once it starts raining, becomes dangerous due to the water that falls from the routes tending to come down quite strong. That is why, we strongly recommend you cross carefully throughout this area. Lastly, we recommend you bring comfortable boots, as they can get incredibly muddy after rain.
The route from the Cocora Valley to the House of hummingbirds is about 6 kilometers, in which you are going to find paths. So, to avoid loss during the tour, it is mandatory to follow the instructions provided by the local guides 😅.
For bird lovers, this is a great experience to enjoy the different bird species which come in multiple feeders, and you enjoy lovely views along with a drink and snack 🐦.
BACK TO HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRDS
In order to head back to Cocora Valley, you should choose another route that is poorly marked, and, in some cases, tourists have to pass through the jungle for about another hour, crossing multiple rickety suspension bridges over the river. In some cases, the strong rains devastate those bridges; that is why, it is quite difficult to cross those rivers. So, we highly advise you to take those hiking routes with local, certified, and qualified guides who are more informed about the current condition of the routes.
CIRCLE MAP IN THE COCORA VALLEY
Now, we are going to display the circle route in the Cocora Valley, as we explained previously in the post. All the tourists will have to cross through: Viewpoints of Salento, La Montaña farm, House of the Hummingbirds, and finally, take a path where the river is crossed (several times), then, you will go out to almost the front of Cocora Valley.
RECOMMENDATIONS TO VISIT SALENTO, AND COCORA VALLEY
If you are planning to take the circle map (complete), you should go with a local guide because it is kind of easy to get lost.
At times to take the circle route, some farms could close the route, as a result, we suggest you take this route with local guides.
If you are planning to travel to Salento during weekends, ‘’trancones’’ to get access to the town, or to go out from Salento could take until 2 hours, that is why we advise you to travel very very in the morning if you plan to stay the whole day.
If you are planning to spend more time in Salento, we recommend hosting at least 2 days and 1 night, so you could enjoy the trip.
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