Are you planning to visit Salento and the Cocora Valley in Colombia? Then make sure you spend the night at Lumbre Glamorous Camping. You’ll stay in the middle of nature and be surrounded by the tallest (wax) palms in the world. From your suite you can walk to waterfalls and viewpoints and you are only ten minutes away from the famous Cocora Valley. While in the evening, you stare at the stars from your bed. In this article I’ll tell you more about Lumbre Glamping near Salento in Colombia and give you tips for what to do in the surroundings.
- Welcome to Lumbre Glamping in Colombia
- Facilities at Lumbre Glamping
- What to do in the surroundings of Lumbre Glamping
- How to reach Lumbre Glamping in Colombia
- More information about Lumbre Glamping in Colombia
- More about Colombia
Welcome to Lumbre Glamping in Colombia
Lumbre Glamping is a glamorous campsite, located in one of the most beautiful areas of Colombia: the Cocora valley. The Cocora valley is known for its many shades of green and its tall palms: the Quindío wax palm. This national tree of Colombia can call itself the tallest wax palm in the world, as it can reach 80 meters in height. The glampjng is located on the road from the village of Salento to the Cocora Valley and is surrounded by green meadows, flowers, whistling birds, waterfalls and palms. There is a restaurant and a spa and cute village of Salento is only 15 minutes away.
Lumbre Glamping has 10 luxury tent, that are comfortably furnished. Nice is it that they are all just a little bit different. Some consist of two tents, with the bedroom and bathroom connected by a covered walkway. A few have the bathroom as a separate room in the tent and there is also a tent with a bathroom, located in an adjacent smaller tent. The beds are lovely and the room is fully equipped, including furniture, electricity and hot water.
In addition, all tents have a small terrace, overlooking the beautiful surroundings. But the highlight is the glass wall and glass roof, which cover a large part of the tent dome. From your bed and seating area you can look at the views and in the evening at the beautiful starry sky.
Facilities at Lumbre Glamping
El Mirador – the viewpoint
From Lumbre Glamping you can walk to el Mirador. A viewpoint in the middle of the fields between the cows. It is a steep but short hike up and you have to find your own trail. But very recommended! Bring your drinks, socialize with the cows and enjoy the view.
Lumbre Glamping has a restaurant that serves simples dishes such as pizzas, pastas, burgers and salads. Great! Then you do not have to go out every night and you can also enjoy dinner in nature. The restaurant also makes lunch boxes for you upon request. You can find a nice spot in the area for a picnic or take it with you when you visit the Cocora Valley.
For a small additional cost, you can dine in a special spot in nature at Lumbre Glamping. And the crew prepares everything to perfection. A narrow path surrounded by torches, leads you to a secret table in the forest, decorated with candles and flower petals. Here you eat a three-course meal with your (travel)partner! Super romantic!
What to do in the surroundings of Lumbre Glamping
Visit the waterfalls
Less than half an hour’s walk from Lumbre Glamping, you will find two waterfalls as high as 30 meters. And these are almost not visited. For the average visitor this is just too far from the route to the Cocora Valley. So you mostly have the whole place for yourself. From the glamping site you walk up the mountain, via the viewpoint to the rainforest. Here two narrow trails, one up and the other down, lead you to the waterfalls. Along the way you’ll observe countless birds, anturios and orchids. Bring your swimming gear, in the upper waterfall you can take a refreshing dip. Also make sure to wear good shoes, the paths and steps can be slippery.
Plant a waxpalm
How beautiful is that! At Lumbre Glamping you can plant your own wax palm. Not only because it is fun, but also to do something for the environment and to maintain the unique ecosystem. Together with the owner you will look for a suitable spot and understand more about these special tree species. You’ll learn that it is important to find a sheltered spot so that the tree can grow. The wax palm can get this tall, because it is always looking for light. If you ever visit Lumbre Glamping, ask especially for the wax palm of Deborah. I obviously planted one during my visit.
Hike in Cocora Valley
Of course you want to visit the Cocora valley, when you are in Colombia. From Lumbre glamping it is a 10-minute drive up to the parking lot in the small community of Cocora. Here you pay an entrance fee and you can go for amazing hikes in the valley. The views of the meadows, the colors of green and the numerous tall palms, are unforgettable.
Depending on your condition and interest, you can walk to two viewpoints. The trail from the entrance to El Mirador 1, takes 45 minutes and from here to Mirador 2, an additional 15 minutes. After that, you can walk further to a finca, where you will find yourself in another ecosystem, due to the altitude. If you want to make a day hike and the weather conditions allow so, you can go on a (circular) route, which starts and ends at the same point. Otherwise, hike the same trail down through the valley from El Mirador.
Make sure you are prepared for different weather conditions. Sun, wind and pouring rain alternate quickly. Because Cocora valley has its own ecosystem, the sun may be shining in Salento, while it is storming and raining in Cocora valley. Want to read more about the Valle de Cocora? You can read more about visiting Valle de Cocora in the next article.
Struin door Salento
One of the nicest villages in the area is Salento. Salento is known for its typical coffeehouses in many colors, boutiques stores and good coffee shops. There is nothing like walking through Salento and taking in the lovely atmosphere. Want to read more about Salento? In the next article you will find all my tips for what to do in Salento.
Salento and the Cocora Valley are part of the coffee triangle in Colombia. I recently went on a road trip in this area, sleeping in three unique hotels and making numerous stops along the way. From colorful, villages, viewpoints, coffee and cocoa plantations to local specialties. In the following article you can read all about my road trip through the Colombia coffee region.
Go bird watching
The Cocora valley is known for its numerous birds. And also around Lumbre glamping, you will find many species. Keep your eyes open, because without realizing it, the most beautiful birds are suddenly in front of you. Do you want to spot birds professionally? Then book a birding tour and learn more about the different species of the region.
How to reach Lumbre Glamping in Colombia
Lumbre Glamping is located in the middle of nature, on the road from Salento to the Cocora valley. From Salento it is a 15-minute drive to the glamping. And from there less than 10 minutes to the entrance where the hikes through the Cocora valley start. An amazing location if you love being nature! It is recommended to have a car. You can rent one in all major cities. It is safe and the roads are good. You can park your car at Lumbre Glamping and at one of the parking lots at the Cocora valley during your visit. If you don’t want to rent a car, you can arrange transportation at Lumbre glamping or take one of the Willy jeeps from Salento. These leave every 15 minutes from the central plaza.
More information about Lumbre Glamping in Colombia
More about Colombia
Intererested in reading more about Colombia? This is an article with the most beautiful places to visit in Colombia, including the best time to visit. Or check out the Colombia blog page with city guides and things to do in Bogotá, Medellín and Santa Marta. Tips for lovely towns such as Salento, Mompox and Villa de Leyva. But also the Tatacoa desert and Valle de Cocora. Interested in archaeology? Read more about the mysterious San Agustín statues.
Disclaimer: I was invited to stay at Lumbre Glamping Salento Colombia but this review is based on my personal view and is independent from the invitation.