Private guided tour visiting salento and the wonderful wax palm
Salento is a colorful colonial market town in the Coffee Zone; it has a lively environment, excellently conserved architecture and great restaurants serving up a multitude of dishes incorporating the local trout. Being the entrance of the Valle del Cocora makes it an extremely popular small town.
Cocora Valley, just 11 kms from Salento, is a majestic valley and the perfect place to "lose yourself" for a few hours. The valley is home to the wax palm, the Colombian national tree and the worlds tallest variety of palm tree, measuring up to 62m. It is the wax palm that makes Cocora a truly special destination and brings visitors flocking to see it. The topology of Cocora offers a bunch of trekking and walking possibilities. You can have a short easy walk or a demanding hiking experience around the same location, experimenting a very nice temperature and landscape which is always new.
The tour is very flexible and offers other alternatives during the day. We start at your hotel and go to Salento. There, we have a walk around the town, looking at it's charming architecture. After that we take a jeep willys and go to Cocora valley. There, we have the opportunity to have a nice walk in the mountains (if you want) if not we can admire the beautiful wax palms from a spot. Finally we return to the hotel.
It possible to extend the program with a visit to Filandia (another colorful town, 30 min from Salento)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We pick you up at any location of Quindio. Warning: there are some locations in Quindio where my car can not be taken, because of the bad road)
End location: We can end the tour at any location of Quindio, including airport or bus station. We can also arrange to take you to another destination out of the deparment (extra fee)
Duration: 8 hours
This is a very flexible activity, normally we can make it shoter or longer depending of what the traveler want.
I drive a new Suv which originaly comes with 10 seats, but I modified it and use just 6 positions.
• Coffee break
• Entrance to cocora path
• Bilingual guide
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50000 pesos - souvenirs
If you want, You could add a coffee experience (private 40 usd per person or shared 12 usd per person). If you book a hotel in or close to Salento.
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Andres was a fantastic companion, not just a tour guide. His various interests and entended knowledge turned an eight-hour trip to Salento and Cocora Valley into an unforgettable experience. Andres is a resorceful and effective organizer as well a person of impeccable manners. And there's one vital forte of Andres: his English. If you would like to spend an enjoyable day walking amongst majestic wax palms and colourful streets of Salento, do not hesitate and require Andres as your guide.