Salento & Cocora

This is a day trip available from Armenia, Manizales, Pereira or one of our fincas or hotels in the Coffee Zone

About

Salento is a bustling colonial market town at the centre of the Coffee Zone, it has a lively buzz, excellently conserved architecture and great restaurants serving up a multitude of dishes incorporating the local trout. Its juxtaposition with the Valle del Cocora makes it an extremely popular small town, as such it has good tourism infrastructure.

Cocora, on Salento’s doorstep is is a majestic valley and the perfect place to “lose yourself” for a few hours. The valley is home to the wax palm, the national tree of Colombia and the worlds tallest variety of palm tree, measuring up to 60m. It is the wax palm that makes Cocora a truly special destination and brings visitors flocking to see it. The topology of Cocora offers easy trekking and walking possibilities.

Tour outline

We provide private transport from your finca or hotel to Salento where you will be met by your guide. Salento is well known amongst the people of the Coffee Zone for having some of the best coffee, so before heading to Cocora, enjoy a tinto.

Your driver will then take you and your guide to the entrance to the valley for your guided walk in Cocora. Our Cocora guide is one of the valley’s rangers and provides a captivating explanation of conservation efforts in the valley, the ecosystem and the fauna and flora found in the area. Learn about efforts to protect the wax palm and how farmers work the land in the valley.

Option 1

After your walk you will be taken to the valley’s mirador and from there you will return to the pretty colonial streets of Salento where you can check out the local handicrafts on offer and enjoy a late lunch in one of the local trout restaurants.

Option 2

Rather than return to Salento you can walk all the way through the valley to the nature reserve at Acaime and be picked up there. Managed by Fundación Herencia Verde, The Acaime Natural Reserve is a haven for birdspotters as it boasts 14 different variety of hummingbirds.

Your driver will take you back to your accommodation for about 4pm. If you happen to be staying in a working coffee finca, this is the ideal time to see the coffee processing activity as the pickers return from the hillsides with their harvest of coffee cherries.

Group size

This is a private tour ideally suited for 2 to 6 people, larger groups can be accommodated on request

Stay the night in Salento

Although this is a day trip, Salento’s plaza is a fun place to enjoy a few beers during the evening and has a particularly international feel thanks to the tourists that visit the town from all over the world. Salento has charming accommodation options so be sure to let us know if you would like to spend the night there or even spend the duration of your stay in the Coffee Zone in the town.

We say…

  • Cocora is a spectacular destination and a must for your visit to the Coffee Zone
  • The valley is private land, has no defined pathways and is prone to descending mists that make visual navigation impossible. Getting lost for a few days in the valley is quite common. Under no circumstances will be organise this trip without an experienced guide.
  • Salento and Cocora are superb destinations for photographers, be sure to take your camera.

Price includes

The price shown on this page is the price per person for a guided tour of the Cocora Valley based on 4 people. The pricing is based on departing from Salento so is ideal for travellers taking advantage of our best deal Coffee Zone package.

-Includes the following

  • Transfers in a Willys Jeep from Salento to the Cocora Valley
  • Expert guidance in Spanish

Additional options

  • Let us know if you are interested in spending a night in Salento
  • Let us know if you want to return from Acaime rather than Salento
  • Ask us for pricing for transfers from other locations in the Coffee Zone

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