Un cafecito, por favor! (at Salento)

In a country famous four its great coffee like Colombia, la Zona Cafetera was a region not to miss. It is hard to believe that few days ago I was sweating like a chicken and hiding from killer mosquitoes. In Salento, one of the smallest towns in Quindío and at 1300m above the sea level , the scene was quite different: cold and misty weather, a diffuse light, green valleys and mountains.

I liked Salento from the first minute. It was not only its colorful paísa architecture, so typical in the region, it was also its far west atmosphere, especially in the afternoon when “jornaleros” working in coffee fields came back to town.

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In this town of 3.500 people there are no tourist sights apart from some souvenir shops and restaurants at Calle Real, the main street. It’s just great to chill out and wander around its streets admiring the architecture or its views over Cocora Valley from Alto de la Cruz Hill (an appetizer of what expects you the following day 😉 ).

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Or just looking for a little bit of local life! I enjoyed, for example, watching locals playing Tejo, a popular game which consists in throwing a piece of metal to a ring full of gunpodwer. Described like this it does not sound very exciting but it is fun!

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In Salento some fincas (coffee farms) propose coffee tours which finish, of course, with a well deserved cup of coffee.

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