Photo Essay: Scenes from Salento and Its Emerald Surroundings

by Ekua on February 12, 2014 in captured on memory card,Colombia,the natural world

Salento is more than just a base for the Valle de Cocora. It’s a town of colorful buildings that line imperfectly charming little streets that lead to the mountains. It’s a town where dogs laze about on the sidewalks and car drivers share the roads with horseback riders. It’s a town where Colombian city folk throw on ponchos and cowboy hats and unwind for the weekend. It’s a town of farmers and others who make a living from the land who trudge into the city in rubber boots after a hard day of work. It’s a town where people stroll the streets in the evening just for the sake of strolling and spending time with friends and family.

Just outside of town is a land of jewel tones, of ruby red coffee berries and lapis lazuli flowers, but mainly of brilliant emerald mountains, trees, and farms. It’s a land where the clouds never let go of mountain tops and rain is always moments away. It’s a land where you can take a walk and see more cows, goats, and horses than people. It’s a land of  rippling terrain and rich soil and rapids. It’s a land of grandeur and grounding that sucks many travelers in for longer than they anticipated.

On my first cold and rainy night in Salento, I imagined I’d stay for a maximum of three days. As I got settled, I added another day and another day. I ended up spending five nights in Salento — three in town and two at an eco farm and hostel outside of town. Salento and the coffee region countryside proved to be worth the extra time:

Town square in Salento, Colombia

Salento, Colombia

Salento, Colombia

Salento, Colombia

Salento, Colombia

View from La Serrana Hostel in Salento, Colombia

Sleeping dog at La Serrana Hostel in Salento, Colombia

View from La Serrana Hostel in Salento, Colombia

Giant leaves in the Salento, Colombia countryside

The countryside of Salento, Colombia

Cow on the countryside of Salento, Colombia

Farm in the countryside of Salento, Colombia

Coffee farm in the countryside of Salento, Colombia

Coffee plant in the Salento, Colombia countryside

Mountains and a river in the countryside of Salento, Colombia

The countryside of Salento, Colombia

The countryside of Salento, Colombia

The countryside of Salento, Colombia

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Kadri February 18, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Beautiful pictures. My favorite one is the one with the cow, don’t know is that because I love cows or the landscape. 🙂

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Ekua February 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Thanks! I like that picture as well, I think because the cow is at eye-level and it looks so relaxed.

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Rebecca February 23, 2014 at 1:02 am

The countryside is just beautiful!

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Josh October 28, 2015 at 12:49 am

Thank you for posting all of these accounts, can’t wait to visit this area in a few weeks! Stunning photos too.

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Ekua November 8, 2015 at 9:38 pm

No problem, thanks for visiting my site! I hope you enjoy your trip!

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