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Published on : Monday, February 4, 2013
Colombia is the child of Spanish settlers, Africans and indigenous communities. Each of them left its stamp on the buildings of its time, making a magic that revives the past and casts the mind back to times and places it has never dreamt of before.
Cobbled streets wind their way through the Spanish-colonial white-walled, clay-tiled houses to chapels and massive churches, as the living testimony of the Spaniards who trot on Colombian soil and were bewitched by the exuberance and abundance of Nature around them.
Each of these little villages stands in a shroud of fantasy, a dreamland of chattering fauna and riotous, one of them being Salento, a village of wax palms and crafts.
The road snakes through mountains of every imaginable shade of green, from amazing varieties of African palm and coffee, on its way to Salento. This village brings back the memories of the heyday of the peasant coffee-farming communities in the Coffee Triangle. Known as the cradle of the wax-palm, Salento is a paradise suspended in time, whose houses and balconies, ablaze with riotous color from the flowers, remain untouched.
The buildings in Salento are typical of the Antioquian style of the warm and friendly people there.
So, allow this magical village so full of energy and history to bewitch you too!