Salento is a charming town situated in the north-east of the department of Quindio, Colombia. The town preserved vibrant traditional colonial architecture and has a quiet way about its roads and households. Its beautiful colors and the nearby Cocora Valley are some of the most visited sights in Colombia.
However, I realized with a recent trip to Salento that there wasn’t explicit information on how to get to Medellin from the little town. Even locals tell me that there isn’t a direct bus that go from Salento-Medellin.
But this is not the case.
First, let’s map out the location of Salento.
Salento doesn’t have a bus terminal like that of the bigger cities. Getting a ride back to Armenia (or onward to Pereira) requires one to stand at a corner in the main plaza (ask a local for the specific spot). These buses run every hour from morning to night.
Finally, for those who want to carry on to Medellin, there is one bus that departs from a small bus terminal a couple blocks away from the main plaza. Some Jeep drivers (Salento’s public transportation), don’t know the specific location. It is best to ask someone from the main square.
The only bus that runs directly to Medellin is with Flota Occidental (47,000 pesos). When I was there in August 2018, the bus was scheduled for 8 am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, and 4 pm. Although the ride is stated as 6 hours, it took me about 9 hours to arrive in Medellin. The traffic on the mountain ways was hideous! Nonetheless, the bus, like most in Colombia, was quite comfortable.
I absolutely adored Salento and hope you do too!