The Cocora Valley near Salento and is absolutely magical. There are some giant palms there, specifically they're called wax palms. They can grow up to 70 meters in a fog. It is the national tree of Colombia and when you are there so to understand the vision. We could have a barbecue in a restaurant in the valley and it was great
Salento is a beautiful village in the heart of Quindio, Colombia. Salento is a municipality that has a lookout point where you can see almost the entire city. It's definitely a place where many people attend from all over the world, because of its architectural beauty and its pleasant spring weather. This is the perfect place to appreciate all sorts of Colombian crafts, and have some coffee, which by reputation is the best in Colombia and the whole world.
Undoubtedly, Salento is one of the prettiest villages in Colombia. It should be noted that part of the income that comes from the area's tourism went to this town being able to invest the extra money in caring for the people. In this square, along with Royal Street, the buildings are more representative of the architecture of colonization. Out of all the buildings, the Nuestra Señora del Carmen church is the most prominent and beautiful. From this square jeeps take you to Cocora Valley.
If you go straight on Calle Real (the most important street in the town), you´ll find some stairs that will lead up to this hill. From here, you can see all of the village and if the day is clear, you can also see Cocora Valley and Los Nevados Park. There are six flights of 40 steps each so it is accessible to everyone. It is also the stage of the Procession at Easter.
Calle Real or Carrera Sexta is born in Bolivar Square in the center of Salento just at the foot of the Cross. It is the street most visited by tourists because because the homes are all kept in very good condition (which is great for photos) and because it´s full of typical restaurants, bars, craft shops and inns.
The Quindio Wax Palm's scientific name is "Ceroxylon quindiuense, and it's been Colombia's national tree of since 1949. This palm, of stunning beauty and extraordinary strength, unique to the Colombian Andes, and can grow to over 70 meters tall, with an average lifespan of about hundred years. was so named because its stem is coated with wax to protect against insects and fungi. The most accessible site to view is the [poi = 70218] Cocora valley [/ poi].
In my memory, the sweet song of the Mountains makes me shudder inside. Walking with my fabulous family we experienced water, wind and mountains. When you travel to Colombia you must not forget to visit this place, because of its climate and scenery. Streets for walking, nature shining, Hostels for occupancy. Tatiana Ramirez
Salento's church, originally built in 1850, is a unique building because it is made entirely of ceroxylon wood from the columns to the roofs. This wood is rarely used in construction. In the early twentieth century, it´s location was moved and the temple was built with two towers. After several earthquakes in the 20s, it had to be rebuilt but with only one tower. Its style is a blend of Spanish colonial and Colombian naïve. Its interior is modest but the religious people of Salento are always crowded inside. The day I visited the priest spoke of the dangers of Facebook and the Internet for young people. The church is located in the main square of Salento which is where life is concentrated. It´s full of people, restaurants juice stands and souvenir shops and craft stands.