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The Coffee Axis and the colours of Salento

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Our trip to Colombia continues by exploring the “Coffee Axis" the inland areas entirely dedicated to coffee production. Here we visit a traditional “finca” - a farm - and discover Colombian coffee, its flavors and history. Following this, a short visit to the colorful heart of the area: the lively village of Salento. In this article we tell you about these two places and give you some useful tips for planning your visit!

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Our trip to Colombia continues by exploring the “Coffee Axis” the inland areas entirely dedicated to coffee production. To reach it, we take an internal flight from Bogotá to Armenia. After a well-deserved rest in a hotel surrounded by the area’s lush vegetation, we visit a traditional “finca” – a coffee farm – and go on a discovery of Colombian coffee, its flavors and history. But those who visit the “Zona Cafetera” – also called “Eje Cafetero” – cannot miss a short visit to its most colorful and cheerful heart in the region: the small village of Salento. In this article we tell you about these two places and give you some useful tips for planning your visit!

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Our visit

Where to stay in the Coffee Axis

The beauty of the Eje Cafetero is experiencing nature and savoring its scents and colors. Although there are several towns in the area that offer good accommodations, our advice is to choose one of the many “Fincas” in the area, which are often equipped like proper hotels of a very good standard with all the comforts and services. For our stay we chose the Hotel Estrella Del Monte, at km 5 of Vereda La Cristalina, near Armenia. We recommend it because it is a wonderful place, totally surrounded by nature, among banana trees and coffee plantations. It also has a private pool, a restaurant and an excellent level of service with friendly and helpful staff.
However, if you are looking for something different, here you can find all the accommodations available in the area.

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The Coffee Axis and the "Finca" La Morelia

The Coffee Axis – also called Eje Cafetero – has grown very popular with tourists in recent years. Indeed, the area is incredibly safe and well equipped for tourist accommodation. It is also breathtakingly beautiful because of its rich and varied vegetation. Although coffee plantations rule the day, the entire region offers many points of interest to the visitor, including colorful villages and enormously valuable nature areas such as the Cocora Valley.
But the Coffee Axis is the place of choice for learning more about Colombia’s famous coffee, which is grown, dried and produced here using ancient and sometimes more modern techniques.
The advice is to go in search of this product through a guided tour at one of the area plantations. You will find many of them on Getyourguide.
We chose to visit Finca La Morelia, a traditional family business that has been growing coffee in the fields of the Quindío department for more than 50 years. They produce good coffee, surely different from what we are used to, but definitely worth trying. They organize guided tours and tastings, but you can also simply drop by during their opening hours (daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and try or buy their products at the Café.
At this link more information and their contact details.

The colours of Salento

Hidden among the inland mountains, Salento is a small village in the department of Quindío. Primarily famous as the gateway to the Cocora Valley ( we’ll tell you about that soon!), the town is certainly worth a visit because it is one of those few places in the world that, despite tourism, has kept its most authentic spirit intact. Cobblestone streets, whitewashed houses, colorful wooden doors, windows and balconies are everywhere, giving the streets and squares a cheerfulness that will amaze and delight you from the first glance. Not surprisingly, it is one of the places that inspired the Disney cartoon “Encanto”.
To make the visit, we suggest you start from the top: the Mirador Alto de la Cruz. It is a panoramic viewpoint located just above the village that offers a view of the town from above and, from the opposite side, of the lush natural environment that surrounds Salento. Of course, it is even more beautiful at sunset, when the colors of the sky make a contrast with the green vegetation. From the Mirador, you can easily reach the city center via a 283-step staircase that will take you up to Carrera 6, also known as Calle Real, the city’s most characteristic street. From this point, our advice is to continue aimlessly, getting lost in the cobbled streets and taking pictures of the facades of the houses and flowered balconies. Along the walk, be sure to visit the many craft stores on the avenue, some of which sell truly remarkable products.
Finally, reach Simón Bolívar Square, the heart of the village, which houses the Church of San Juan Bautista and the Casa de la Cultura.

How to get there

Arriving by plane

See the location in Google Maps. The easiest way to reach the Coffee Axis is by plane, flying from Bogotá to Pereira or Armenia. Once at your destination, although it is possible to travel by bus from one destination to another, we suggest that you rent a car so that you are as autonomous as possible in moving around. Alternatively, join a guided tour!

Arriving by car

See the location in Google Maps. The Coffee Axis can be reached from Bogotá by car. To find the best travel option for you, as always we suggest you use Google Maps. However, we suggest caution: Colombian roads are often subject to works and closures, even unexpected ones. This could significantly lengthen travel time. Take this into account when planning your transfer!
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Tips

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In Salento, you absolutely must enter one of the cafes and observe a game of Tejo! It is a real national sport here! It is a kind of darts game, which requires you to hit a target with metal discs from a distance of about 20 meters. The special thing? The target contains gunpowder and bursts as soon as it is hit, which makes the game even more fun!

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Along the road between Finca La Morelia and Armenia, we suggest you have lunch at the restaurant “Pollo A La Carreta”. As tourists, it is probably one of those places where you would never think of stopping for lunch: quite spartan and from the outside really not very appealing. However, we were convinced by the locals and we can say that we had a great lunch, inexpensively and the local way! So put aside your tourist preconceptions for a while and give it a try!

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Are you planning a trip to Colombia? Then read all our articles on the subject and if you have any questions or need further suggestions let us know by leaving a comment below and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

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