Salento, Colombia – A Backpacker’s Getaway


Salento, Colombia is a small, quaint town in the southern part of the country, a 7 to 8 hour bus ride from Bogota. It is surrounded by majestic rolling green mountains, and rich vegetation, which provides for endless panoramic views of the area.

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Salento, Colombia is a popular weekend getaway for Colombians, when the small population seems to triple. It is also favoured by travelers and backpackers alike for it’s laidback feel and the plethora of activities offered. However, even with the onslaught of visitors at times, the town still holds its charm, appeal and serenity. It’s an easy place to hang around for more than a few days to reprieve. The locals are more than friendly and welcoming.
The town offers a variety of cuisine, including Colombian, as well as much appreciated vegetarian options, which can be near to impossible to find in Colombia. The days in Salento are easily spent wandering the modest town, browsing the shops, taking in the view or sunset over a cerveza, going for a walk, taking a coffee tour (‘Organic Coffee Farm in Salento, Colombia’) or participating in some of the more active options such as 4x4ing, hiking or horseback riding.


Cocora National Park is one of the most desired ventures while in Salento. It is a short ‘Willy’ ride away, about 30 mins. A ‘Willy’ is probably not what you’re thinking it is; it is a Jeep that is a common mode of transit here used for shorter distance.


Cocora offers spectacular views of the region while hiking through lush jungle, past rivers, and ascending several hundred metres for a prime view. The park has an easy to follow trail that loops around and returns you to your starting point 10 kilometres or 5-6 hours later, where the ‘willy’ dropped you off. The area is well worth the day trip, and be sure to pack a lunch.

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Cocora National Park


Cocora National Park

I spent 4 days in Salento, Colombia; it was my last days in Colombia this time around before heading to Bogota for a flight. It was a grandeur finale to a priceless journey of Ecuador and Colombia. Thank you to all the people that crossed my path and brought light and love into my heart. I am forever grateful for yet another pilgrimage that makes up this life, my life.

salento_4“Wherever You Go, Go With All Your Heart”   ~Confucius


Salento, the town, from atop.

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Cocora National Park


Cocora National Park


Cocora National Park


A pineapple plant only produces one pineapple a year.


Colombian selection of cervezas.



6 comments for “Salento, Colombia – A Backpacker’s Getaway

  1. Kevin Tomlinson
    August 4, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Whenever am blue and need to get away, I read this blog and looked at your pictures. You’re words describe Salento perfectly and your pictures capture the essence of their culture. It’s my mental “get away”. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to go to places I will never be. Hugs KAT

    • the curious rambler
      August 30, 2015 at 11:04 am

      Thank you. This is why i do this blog, to open the world to others. Love.

  2. Leigh
    July 13, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I love how colorful everything is! Even the beers cans are colorful 😉 and the area so emerald green. Such a paradise..and such breathtaking photos. Thanks so much for sharing. LOVE xo

    • the curious rambler
      August 30, 2015 at 11:07 am

      Thank you for reading Burrows! Love to you.

  3. Eroca
    July 13, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Beautiful photos and post! And what a lovely one of you among the bamboo.

  4. Deana
    July 12, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    As always, you blogs are so very interesting and your photography priceless. XXXX