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Visiting the coffee zone in Colombia: Salento and the Cocora Valley

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The trekking in the Cócora valley was passed through water

The plane opens its doors at 15:08 and had taken off at 14:25 in Bogotá. It took just 40 minutes to reach Pereira when, a little earlier, the taxi that took me to the El Dorado airport had taken more than an hour in the traffic of Bogotá.

My visit to the Quindío region begins, coffee region par excellence and cradle of countless traditions and pleasant people.

From Pereira I took a bus at the Transport Terminal and for just 5,000 pesos (just over 2 euros) it took me to the town of Filandia in just under an hour.

Filandia It is nice, tiny and has a little wonder as is the Viewpoint of the Illuminated Hill. One of the great attractions of this area are the views of the valleys and mountains crowned with a haunting fog. I sat on one of the benches watching the sun set in the distance and gave way to a night chaired by the stars.

Sunset in Filandia

It's getting dark and I have to reach Salento. To do this you have to grab a bus that arrives in Armenia and from there the one that goes directly to Salento. The good thing about this area is that everything is very close and transport between locations is only an hour away.

Salento is a famous town throughout Colombia for the pleasantness of the stay, the tranquility, the wonderful views and its food starring the trout and patacón.

The town is full of hotels, hostels and restaurants as well as coffee shops and craft shops. The range of sleeping prices It is spacious and ranges from 15,000 to 15 pesos per night. If you want to go, keep in mind that the end of the year and Easter are dates when the town is completely full and it is necessary to book in advance. Outside those days, you can go and find accommodation directly.

On Saturday morning I went to National Coffee Park, about 45 minutes from Salento. This park offers visitors various cultural attractions as well as leisure for the family and always focused on the theme of coffee. Those who want to know the coffee culture have at their disposal the museum where they learn from its origins, how it arrives in Colombia and how this sector develops until today.

The park was built in the middle of the mountain, occupying the land of a couple of farms, with which you can walk along a path and see the various crops (their grains, differences, etc ...) enjoying the typical landscape of the coffee axis, with its native plants and animals.

The idyllic landscape of the Cocora Valley

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