Márquez

Salento: Colombia's Coffee Region

Colombia is a country of beautiful places. Away from the Caribbean beaches, the depths of the Amazon rainforest and the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada, lies the coffee triangle, an inland gem. The hills and valleys around Salento are stunning. They are a lively set of hills, where so much seems to happen. Other hills tend to be repetitive: the same trees and colours rolling impressively into the next valley. Their minimalism is aesthetically pleasing, but beyond that there is little substance. Meanwhile, the varied, busy hills of Salento compel the beholder to maintain their gaze. In Salento one becomes an active viewer, as opposed to a passive observer.