Solo Female Travel in Salento

Nestled in the heart of the Andean mountains in Colombia, Salento is a small vibrant town known for its colorful colonial architecture, artisanal shops, traditional eateries, and the friendliness of its inhabitants. It's a unique paradise for travelers, embodying a perfect atmosphere for relaxation and cultural immersion. Salento's prime location serves as a gateway to the magnificent Cocora Valley, home to the towering wax palm trees that create a breathtakingly beautiful scenario. Coffee enthusiasts will also be delighted as the region is renowned for its coffee plantations, offering visitors a chance to learn about the coffee-making process and taste some of the world's finest coffee.

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Salento is generally safe for solo female travelers. The locals are friendly and welcoming and the crime rate is relatively low compared to other regions. However, like in all places, it is prudent to be cautious and aware of your surroundings, especially at night.


Salento is relatively easy to navigate for solo female travelers. It is a small town with amenities and attractions within walking distance. Public transport like jeeps (known locally as ‘Willys’), buses and taxis are commonly used for longer distances and are generally safe. You might encounter a language barrier as not many locals speak English, so it is essential to learn a few basic Spanish phrases. The town is tourist-friendly, and people are usually willing to assist travelers.

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Salento is a fantastic destination with a diverse range of activities that enhance the allure of this vibrant town. You can engage in excursions through coffee plantations to understand coffee cultivation, hike in the Cocora Valley filled with stunning landscapes and wax palm trees, and roam around colorful streets adorned with artisan shops. For tranquility, visit local art galleries, enjoy exotic Colombian cuisine in local restaurants, and take part in traditional games. However, most of the activities are daytime and outdoorsy; nightlife is quiet and limited.


The culinary scene in Salento is a delightful blend of traditional and modern flavors. You'll find meals that highlight the region's fresh, locally-sourced ingredients - especially its famous coffee and trout. There are also a variety of international dishes, with vegan and vegetarian options readily available. Street food is not to be missed, with arepas and plantain dishes waiting around every corner. With such a wide variety, you can satisfy any craving!


Salento is considered quite budget-friendly, particularly when compared to many Western countries. Meals can be enjoyed for a few dollars, transportation is affordable, and cheap accommodation options are plentiful. However, guided tours and activities can tip the balance slightly, but overall it's a favorable destination for budget-conscious solo female travelers.

Is Salento worth visiting?

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I went to Salento and I had a great time there. I participated in a coffee farm tour, hiked through the Cocora Valley, visited Filandia and went horse riding. I felt really safe and met other travelers. Around 2:00 pm every day there was heavy rainfall, but there were plenty of charming cafes where you could take shelter. Salento is a great place for adventures, beautiful landscapes, and fresh air.

Posted: May 1, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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