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Destinos: Redefining Time In Jardín, Colombia

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

One of my favorite things about traveling in Colombia is the impression that time has come to a standstill.  In our modern world filled with notifications, constant updates and the ability to message anyone anywhere in the world at any time of the day, instant gratification has never been so easy.  We are connected more than ever and those connections indeed spread far and wide but yet they remain quite shallow.  Whiling away the day chatting over a cup of coffee is nearly absent, something only reserved for special occasions like getting together with an old, dear friend.  It’s become something we add to our calendars rather than a way of life. These opportunities for deep connections are often eschewed due to a perceived ‘lack of time’.  Our schedules are constantly filled up with things to do and even a real phone call can seem like another thing to add to the list.

Destinos: Coffee Highs And Low Valleys In Salento, Colombia

By Joanna Marracelli

[Laurent Lhomond]

[Laurent Lhomond]

When most people think of Colombia, they think of coffee.  The country is practically synonymous with the bean.  Most of the coffee grown here comes from a specific region known as the Zona Cafetera.  This area lies about 300 km west of Bogota and 250 km south of Medellin.  The elevation, temperature, and rainfall all contribute to helping make it an ideal place for the plants to grow.  For tourists who are interested in learning about the production, there are several towns which you can base yourself from.  A good place to start is Salento, Colombia.

Salento lies in the Quindío department and is easily accessed from nearby cities of either Armenia or Pereira (to the south and north, respectively).  Both serve as good bases to explore this quiet, sleepy town with frequent, inexpensive bus service.  The town’s main plaza has many buildings painted in bright, cheerful colors.  Founded in 1850, it’s one of the oldest towns in the region.  Salento also sits just outside the Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados and is one of the most popular places to see the wax palms at Valle de Cocora.  During the weekends it gets quite crowded with Colombian families and foreign tourists as well, so best to visit off-season, during the week for a more subdued experience.