Yep, Salento, Colombia is seductive for sure.
And I’m not just the odd one that feels that way. It’s not at all uncommon for visitors to spontaneously extend their stay. What’s even more interesting is that they often can’t articulate the reason why they want to stay on.
It’s certainly not just to add on another tourist “activity”. I see them spending their add-on days curled up on the sofa with a book, or relaxing on the deck soaking up the country view, or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll through town.
I’ve come to the conclusion that Salento often has a sort of magical “Shangri-La” effect on people, Colombia style.
The townspeople are friendly and welcoming. The dogs run freely (as do sometimes the horses!). Walking down the middle of the street is the norm. And the views are stunning in every direction.
Don’t misunderstand, there is plenty to do here. In fact, a huge variety for such a small quaint mountain town. But there’s much more than that…
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Every day of the week El Rincon de Lucy is packed with locals and tourists alike. Tasty food, good size portions and low cost. Fill up for less than $3 USD.read more
Settling into the warm, welcoming, nurturing embrace of “Lady Salento”. I return to the familiar sights and sounds, and let Salento work it’s magic on my soul.read more
Have an espresso at Cafe Willys. A classic Willys Jeep has been converted into a cute outdoor cafe. Rest your feet, have a coffee, and people watch!read more
There are 3 fresh fruits and veggies shops in Salento within super close walking distance of the main square. Here’s my review and directions to all three.read more
The easiest viewpoint to get to in Salento is Alto de la Cruz. After climbing 238 steps you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic view of the entire town below.read more
Make sure you are aware of where the Salento hospital is, “just in case”. It’s easy to find, only 1 block off the square. Just remember 7-7 as the corner.read more
Great coffee, good conversation, relaxing vibe and a nice view. Plan extra time on your next Mirador visit to stroll over to the Orujo Cafe for a chat with Steve and Diana.read more
A Limonada de Coco is like a cross between an ice-cold creamy milkshake and a slice of tart-sweet Key Lime pie. Amazingly refreshing and cures nausea too!read more
Salento, Colombia hosts non-stop celebrations from early Dec to mid-Jan. The towns birthday, Jan 5, is always a HUGE party. As of 2017 she’s 175 years old!read more