Colombia, South America travel blog

Mountains around Salento on a rainy day

Looking down on Salento

Above Salento

Bandeja Paisa

Church on the main plaza in Salento

Craft shop row in Salento

After spending every day on this trip in major cities, today we got into the country to Salento, a small mountain town just an hour´s bus ride from Pereira. Full of arts and crafts stores, it was an easy place to kill a few hours. If not for the rain, we would have explored more of the incredibly beautiful back country.

For lunch, I took on the challenge of eating a regional dish called "bandeja paisa", a dish that would cause the food police to keel over on the spot: grilled beef, chorizo (very good sausage), fried egg, avocado, rice, beans, and something called chicharrón that is basically pork belly -- very, very fatty pork belly. Yum. No, I couldn´t finish the whole thing.

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