A night out in Salento, Colombia

View over Salento at sunset from the mirador

After a lovely day spent hiking the amazing Cocora Valley, we came back in Salento just before sunset.

Jeeps left us the same place where we took them: Plaza Bolivar, the town’s main square, that was now full of life & covered in golden light!

Salento main square, Colombia

Children playing volley in the main square of Salento, Colombia

Salento main square at sunset, Colombia

No need to say, the first thing we did as we jumped out the jeep, was to have another delicious fresh fruit juice at one of the stalls in the square – honestly, there’s nothing like Colombian fresh fruit juices!

Fruit juice stall in Salento main square, Colombia

Fruit juice stall in Salento main square, Colombia

Our drinks in one hand & hand in hand in the other, we walked through Calle Real, a colorful street leading from plaza Bolivar to the 250 steps going to the Mirador Alto de la Cruz, a hilltop lookout over the town & the surrounding mountains.

Calle Real in Salento, Colombia

Calle Real is full of cute shops, but I resisted the urge to stop in every one of them – hoping that they would have been open on our way back – as we wanted to reach the view point before the sun disappear.

Calle Real in Salento, Colombia

We almost made it! The sun was gone, but we enjoyed a beautiful view over the glittering town of Salento & the rising moon.

View over Salento at sunset from the mirador

sunset on the lookpoint in Salento, Colombia

view over the rising moon in Salento, Colombia

Back to calle Real, we went in & out the hand-crafts little shops, marveling at everything & unable to buy anything.

colorful shops in calle Real in Salento, Colombia

colorful shops in calle Real in Salento, Colombia

colorful shops in calle Real in Salento, Colombia

Seriously. We always bring home at least one souvenir from every country we visit, but we couldn’t find anything in Colombia, we found nice things none of which was exactly what we wanted…

colorful shops in calle Real in Salento, Colombia

colorful shops in calle Real in Salento, Colombia

Maybe we just were too tired & hungry because of the long day. So eventually we got back to our nice hotel, before going out for dinner to Donde Laurita restaurant, the restaurant the Colombian people who were in the jeep with us earlier in the morning, suggested to us.

Restaurante Donde Laurita in Salento, Colombia

We always listen to local people & we’re actually right! 🙂

Donde Laurita is in a little street & we probably wouldn’t stop there by ourself, but it turned out to be the best dinner we had in the whole trip!!

Restaurante Donde Laurita in Salento, Colombia

Oh, how I’d like to find back this Colombian lady who gave us the restaurant advice & thank her!

Here’s a picture of her… Who knows, maybe I’ll find her ;))

jeep tp go to Cocora Valley in Salento, Colombia

Back to Donde Laurita, yet the place is super cute! Just look at the colorful, funny decoration!

Restaurante Donde Laurita in Salento, Colombia

We started with local beers, while going through the menu…

Local beers in Colombia

Dinner at Restaurante Donde Laurita in Salento, Colombia

…& we obviously ordered the local specialty: the trout!

Plus some nibble to share… We just couldn’t imagine all the dishes being so huge!

Giant avocado at Restaurante Donde Laurita in Salento, Colombia

Giant avocado. Avocado in Colombia is slightly different: bigger & lighter.

Giant patacones at Restaurante Donde Laurita in Salento, Colombia

Giant patacones – fried plantain slices.

Not only food was delicious, but also nicely presented. Honestly, it was the first time I saw heart-shaped arepa!!!

Heart-shaped arepas at Restaurante Donde Laurita in Salento, Colombia

& finally the main course arrived. & it was such a main course!

Trout at Restaurante Donde Laurita in Salento, Colombia

Dinner at Restaurante Donde Laurita in Salento, Colombia

Full & happy, we declined dessert, but tasted the local liquor aguardiente…

Aguardiente at Restaurante Donde Laurita in Salento, Colombia

…before going back home, where we fell asleep almost immediately, our heads full of images of such a perfect & lovely day! <3

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6 Comments

  1. After reading a few of your posts on Colombia and admiring your photos, I have come to a conclusion: Colombia is a fascinating country to visit and explore! Love your pics here on Salento 🙂

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