From Cali we took the bus to Armenia (3 hours), from where we took another smaller bus to Salento (0,5 hour). We arrived in the afternoon and explored the small (touristic) town a bit. We had really good cappuccinos and carrot cake at ‘café Jesús Martin’ and in the evening we had a nice dinner at restaurant ‘Acaime’.
The next morning we woke up early to take a ‘Willy’ (old jeeps from World War II, the main form of transportation in rural parts of the zona cafeteria) to Cocora. We hiked 1,5 hour uphill to Reserva Natural Acaime and after some coffee we continued our hike (about 2 hours) to end up in the beautiful valley filled with wax palms (Valle de Cocora).
We returned to Salento again and chilled a bit in the afternoon. In the evening we ate some delicious Indian curry at ‘Casa la Eliana’. We stayed two nights in Salento at ‘Floresta hostal’, which was basic but good (clean and a warm shower).
Up next: a two day stay at a local coffee farmer!