If you go
WHERE TO STAY Terrazas de Salento Carrera 4, Nos. 1-30, Salento, Colombia 011-57-317-430-4637 bit.ly/HotelTerrazasdeSalento A lovely bed-and-breakfast-style hotel with a rooftop gazebo shading a hammock. Rooms from $60 to $80 a night.
WHERE TO EAT Brunch de Salento Calle 6, Nos. 3-25 011-57-311-757-8082 facebook.com/brunchdesalento Owned by an American expat, this is a backpackers’ retreat. Expect gargantuan burgers, amazing desserts and cool graffiti on the walls that you are invited to add to. Entrees start at $6.
La Eliana Carrera 2, Nos. 6-45 011-57-314-660-5987 laelianasalento.host-ed.me Excellent Indian, Thai and pizza on a covered patio overlooking the hostel below. Entrees start at about $6.
WHAT TO DO Hiking Fabulous hikes in every direction. The Cocora Valley is part of a national park. La Cascada de Santa Rita is a beautiful waterfall pouring into a swimming hole in the jungle.
Horseback riding Bosques de Cocora Kilometer 11, Via al Valle del Cocora 011-57-6-746-3515 valledelcocora.com.co Guided trail rides offered by Bosques de Cocora start at $140.