The Hype Surrounding Salento

by Brenna Holeman













Salento, Colombia
There is a place in the mountains of Colombia, where the coffee is rich, the skies are blue, and the fields glitter with fireflies at night. We had heard time and time again about this magical place; people claimed we would never want to leave, that we would have the best sleeps of our lives, that our days there would be some of the most relaxing we’d experience on our trip.
That place? Salento.
We have only spent 24 hours here, staying in a farm perched on a hill. The town is colourful, full of children chasing bubbles and men selling salty corn-on-the-cob. The valleys are lush and dotted with black cows, fluffy white clouds suspended above them. The air is fresher than anywhere else I’ve been in the past four months, and the stars – I can see them, so many of them.
And so, in this short time here, when all we’ve done is rest and write songs and drink espresso and wander through the hills, we’re already completely smitten with the place. Our next few days will be filled with coffee plantation tours, mountain biking, horseback riding, and, of course, more rest and writing and coffee and wandering. I keep saying it, but it is so very true: Colombia is a truly incredible country, and it keeps surprising me, amazing me, filling me with so much energy and joy. Salento, much like all of Colombia, has lived up to its hype.
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expatkerri August 21, 2012 - 1:10 am

you captured our lovely day so well! i still can’t believe we sat in the mountains and wrote a song… 🙂 how many more can we come up with while we overstay our visit here??

This Battered Suitcase August 21, 2012 - 1:13 am

I can’t believe it either…I think we should keep writing and writing!!

The Rowdy Chowgirl August 21, 2012 - 3:57 am

Oh, how beautiful! I especially love the cow photo for some reason…I want to go!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures August 21, 2012 - 12:27 pm

You have such a way with words! Love the pics!!! Miss Colombia terribly. Enjoy the coffee for meeeeee!

Katie August 22, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Coffee, mountains, fireflies? Sounds wonderful!

This Battered Suitcase August 23, 2012 - 2:18 am

Rowdy Chowgirl – I hope you get here soon!

Andi – Thank you! I will drink a coffee tomorrow in your honour…

Katie – It truly is!

Erin August 23, 2012 - 2:58 am

Sounds like a pace of life I could get used to! It’s nice to read such a positive perspective on Colombia.

Erin August 23, 2012 - 3:00 am

Sounds like a pace of life I could get used to! And it’s nice to read such a positive perspective on Colombia.

Robyn August 23, 2012 - 3:30 pm

Great photos! looks fun! popping over from Rachel’s blog-you were linked in her post today.

This Battered Suitcase August 25, 2012 - 12:02 am

Erin – I’ve had nothing but positive experiences here!

Robyn – Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll keep reading…

Callie August 25, 2012 - 11:06 pm

I used Armenia as a base for going to the Valle de Cocora, and when I saw Salento I was kicking myself for not staying there instead! Such a gorgeous and charming little place – I love your photos.

This Battered Suitcase August 25, 2012 - 11:44 pm

Callie – I didn’t spend any time in Armenia, but I can highly recommend Salento! Next time, right??

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