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    Acaime Natural Reserve

    by MalenaN Written Dec 13, 2008

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    The walk from Cocora to Acaime is a beautiful walk and it takes about 2 hours. Acaime Natural Reserve is situated in the forest at 2770 metres. Here you can have refreshments and a rest before continuing. There is a small fee for visiting. I paid 3600 pesos (July 2008) including a coke and hot chocolate. They asked if I wanted to have cheese with the chocolate but I didn’t.
    As I arrived there was another tourist there. He had stayed the night there as they have accommodation for visitors, but I don’t know how much it is. It must be very peaceful to stay here though, so far away from other settlements. After a while a few more tourists arrived.
    One attraction at Acaime is to watch all the different hummingbirds who gather around the feeders that are hanging here.

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    Walking in Cocora Valley

    by MalenaN Written Dec 13, 2008

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    A nice walk in Cocora Valley is to Acaime Natural Reserve and back. There are two different routes so you can take one going there and the other path going back. Just after the restaurants in Cocora there is a sign ,on the right side of the road, which is saying Acaime 4,8 km. Follow the path down and across Rio Quindio and then along the valley. If it has rained it can be quite muddy, but it was not so bad when I visited. After about an hour walk in the green valley (including photo and snack breaks) I reached the forest. Then there is another hour walk through the tropical forest before you reach Acaime. The path in the forest crosses the river many times and the bridges have all seen better days. I did not want to step in the middle of the bridges, fearing one of the boards would break in half, but put my feet close to the sides of the narrow bridges. You will come to a fork in the path. The path to the right is going to Acaime and to there it is 1 km. The path to the left is the one you should take going back to Cocora. The sign says Cocora 3,8 km, but that is not correct. That is the distance you have walked from Cocora, but if you are taking the other way back it is 5,9 km.

    Going back from Cocora the path from the fork is going steeply uphill and after 800 metres you reach Finca La Montaña. Here you will sign a visitor book before you continue downhill along a small road. First you walk through a pine forest but then the landscape will open up and you have the beautiful Cocora Valley in front of you. It was a lovely walk with beautiful sceneries and nice weather.

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    Walk to and from Don Elias Coffee Farm

    by MalenaN Written Dec 6, 2008

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    Tim from Plantation House will draw you a map of how to get to Don Elias Coffee Farm. The walk is along a small road, mostly downhill, for about 50 minutes. It is quite deserted. When I walked there I only met someone on a motorbike and two men working along the road. You can walk the same way back or take another one, also mostly downhill. Just follow the instructions from the map. Walking back you will end up by the road in Boquira and from there you take a bus back to Salento (1000 pesos). The walk and the visit to the coffee farm is a good half day trip.

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    Don Elias Coffee Farm

    by MalenaN Written Dec 6, 2008

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    Coffee is grown below Salento and you should definitely take the opportunity to visit a local coffee farm while you are in Salento to see how the process from bean to coffee is, and then taste some fresh coffee. If you stay at Plantation House you can visit Don Elias Coffee Farm for 4000 pesos (July 2008).
    Don Elias coffee farm is a small scale finca where coffee is cultivated on the slopes together with other plants like banana trees, pineapple and beans. As I arrived to the farm I was met by Don Elias who showed me around and explained the different steps of coffee making. As the tour is in Spanish I did not understand all of it, but a lot anyway as it was explained by Don Elias in a good way. The tour ended with a cup of coffee, probably the best tasting coffee I had in Colombia.

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    Alto de las Cruz

    by MalenaN Updated Dec 4, 2008

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    250 steps are leading up to Alto de las Cruz from Calle Real. On the hill stands a cross and when I visited there was a woman there selling things. From the hill you will have a great view over Salento and in the opposite direction there is a great view towards Cocora Valley. It is easy to walk up here so you should not miss it while you are in Salento.

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    Coffee fresh from the bush

    by rambling_rose Written May 4, 2008

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    Don't miss a visit to a coffee farm - this is the Coffee Zone, after all. An hour's walk out of Salento are two coffee farms. We visited Don Elias, a family farm which grows bananas, platano and avocado in among the coffee bushes - very organic.

    We were given a tour by a lad barely out of his teens whose knowledge was immense and whose explanations were so clear that we came away experts on coffee culture.

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    Visit the local fincas (coffee farms)

    by StephanB Written Mar 25, 2008

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    There are a few local "fincas" in the area around Salento. Many are easily reached by day hikes from town. Usually you can find someone to show you around. We met a couple that has a very nice coffee shop in town that produced and processed their own coffee beans. If you ask around town, they are easy to find on the main (only) road where all the shops are located. The people were so friendly that at times we would just shake our heads in disbelief.

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    Butterfly park

    by StephanB Written Mar 25, 2008

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    Close to Salento, but probably closer to Armenia is the Butterfly Park. I don't have the web-site or address, but anyone around the area will know of it. It is a very nice butterfly park, and i think it is a great half-day trip that could be combined with the Coffee Park for a full (starting early) day.

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    Parque Nacional del Cafe

    by StephanB Updated Mar 25, 2008

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    One of Colombia's famous coffee machines.

    The Colombian theme park dedicated to the coffee plant is worth a half day trip from Salento. It is actually located in Montenegro Colombia, but easily accessible from Salento. The grounds of the park are beautiful and there is an opportunity to learn about the coffee process, start to finish, while inside the park. Many of the employees are learning, or are able to speak english. There are rides for children and a few activities, but it was definitely more hype than substance. I would still recommned it, but as you will find in Colombia, Colombians are very proud of their country, and everything in the country is a MUST SEE!, and is THE GEATEST PLACE IN THE WORLD!. It was a very nice place that was very well maintained.

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    Visit the Cocora Valley

    by StephanB Written Mar 25, 2008

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    Along the hike, wax palms on the hillside
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    The Cocora Valley is a sanctuary for the wax palm tree, is situated inside the Parque Nacional de los Nevados. It is very close to Salento and Armenia, but I think Salento is a much nicer place from which to visit the park. There are incredible hikes around the valley. It is also possible to hire horses at the trail-head. The hikes goes through the valley, then into a cloud forest, on its way to a mirador and a hostel in the mountains that serves coffee and basic snacks. This area was one of our highlights in Colombia.

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    Cocora Valley

    by colombiantraveler Updated Feb 21, 2008

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    Cocora Valley

    From the municipality of Salento the Imposing Cocora Valley, one of the most gorgeous places of Quindio.

    The Quindio River crosses it, for that reason several restaurants are located here. Have you ever eaten trout (it is a fish), here is the place to do it, local people really know how to prepare it that you are not going to be satisfied with just one normal portion.

    This journey will take 30 minutes from the Municipality of Salento to the trout restaurants. Camping is allowed in some spots so ask first. It is also important to know, that the weather may vary, in the morning is warm but at night the temparature normally drops, so coats and jackets are required.

    Julian Clavijo

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    Admiring The beauty of Los Nevados National Park

    by colombiantraveler Updated Feb 21, 2008

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    "Los Nevados" National Park is what we call the ecotouritic paradise and also it is one of the most important parks of Colombia.

    To come here, you have to walk trough the mountains and is quite a long journey but the prize is great, lagoons and snow topped mountains.

    Be aware, that if you want to visit the Park it is required to ask for permission from the Administrative Unit of Colombian National Parks that is located in Bogota or in the departamental of Quindio.

    Camping is allowed but you must bring coats, and lots of them, with you because the temperature could reach 0 ºCelsius. I almost forgot, tour guides are really important...take a tour but with a tour guide..they are really helpful......

    Julian Clavijo

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    Acaime the natural reserve visit

    by colombiantraveler Updated Feb 21, 2008

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    Eyeglasses bear (from: http://www.inrena.gob.pe)

    Located over the Andeans, there is a magical place where Fog forests can be found, it is Acaime a natural reserve where the "eyeglasses bear" live, although it is close to extintion, there is a chance for you to see him. The experience of walking through this forest is indescribable, you can feel the nature's power and also its fragility.

    Therefore, if you want to visit this place, you must be ready for a 4.5 km walk across cattle ranches and forests. I almost forgot, is a one day visit, so schedule it on your calendar....

    Julian Clavijo

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    Cocora Valley

    by morgr Written May 11, 2007

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    The Cocora Valley, which is easily reached from Salento, is a short way from town and makes for a great daytrip. It is famous for the palma de cera (wax palm) trees that grow here, which can reach heights of 60-70m.

    The jeeps comming from Salento will drop you off in the 'hamlet' of Cocora, which consists basically of one or two restaurants and houses. From here, just up the hill from the orange and green striped building, there is a path that goes down to the right. Follow this path past a trout farm and over a small bridge, and this will bring you to the famous trees. There will be many cows around, as you are on a farm.

    If you want, you can follow the path along into a wooded area with many bridges (one of which, at the time of my visit had fallen apart, so you had to cross through the river). Following this path for time will bring you to a lodge atop a mountain overlooking the valley, where you can spend the night before heading back.

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    Alto De La Cruz

    by morgr Written May 11, 2007

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    Alto de la Cruz is a hill, from where there are nice views over the town and the Cocora valley on the other side. It is reached by going to the end of Calle Real, where there are stairs going to the top.

    Atop, aside from the view, is a cross (hence the hills name), as well as a vendor or two selling trinkets.

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