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Salento - Main shopping street

Salento is a small village in the department of Quindío.
It was founded in 1842. Despite the recent large influx of tourists, the architecture still remains authentic.

According to my personal opinion, neighbouring Filandia is even more beautiful.
But Salento is the ideal base to explore the Valle de Cocora and not Filandia which is further away from the protected park where the wax palms grow.
So my suggestion is to look for accommodation in Salento and to visit Filandia on a day trip. This is possible by public bus.

In 2005 the municipality of Salento had an estimated population of 7.247 of which 3.597 lived in the main urban zone.
Due to its high location in the Cordillera Central, the town has a cool climate, with an average temperature of 18° C.
The small town lives mainly from tourism. The visitors come mostly from different European countries and also from Israel.

The capital of the department of Quindío is called Armenia. This city has a large bus station and direct connections to Bogotá and to many ofther Colombian destinations.

The origin of the name intrigued me. Did the city get this name because of Armenian migrants? Not at all.
Initially it was called Villa Holguín (Carlos Holguín was the then-current president of the country).
A few years after the foundation of the city it was renamed in memory of the quarter million Armenians murdered in massacres instigated by the Ottoman Empire in Turkish Armenia in 1894.
Isn't this incredible? On the other side of the globe people decide to change the name of their city in memory of the murdered Armenians in the Middle East.
This while in 2017 after all those years the descendants of the Ottoman Empire have not been able to come clean with the past regarding this genocide …

Information from Wikipedia and The Rough Guide to Colombia.

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