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Moving to Salento, Colombia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 02, 2023

Summary: Moving to Salento, Colombia? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Salento.

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What do I need to know before moving to Salento?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Salento, they said:

"Salento is a small town located in the Coffee Triangle region, known for its coffee plantations, lush landscapes, and traditional paisa architecture. Before moving to Salento, expats should know that Spanish is the primary language spoken in the area. While some locals may speak English, it would be beneficial to learn some basic Spanish phrases to help with day-to-day interactions. The cost of living in Salento is relatively low compared to many Western countries. However, expats should be aware that salaries in Colombia are also generally lower, so it's important to have a realistic budget. Salento has a mild climate with temperatures ranging from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius throughout the year. However, it can get quite chilly at night, so it's advisable to pack some warm clothing. Public transportation in Salento is limited, so expats may need to rely on taxis or private vehicles for getting around. However, the town is small enough to be easily walkable. Salento is a safe town with a low crime rate, but like anywhere, it's important to take basic safety precautions. Avoid displaying expensive items in public and be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Healthcare facilities in Salento are basic, so for serious medical conditions, you may need to travel to larger cities like Pereira or Armenia. It's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation. The local cuisine in Salento is traditional Colombian, with dishes like bandeja paisa, trout, and arepas being popular. Vegetarian and vegan options may be limited. Salento is a popular tourist destination, so it can get crowded during peak travel times. However, the town retains its charm and tranquility during off-peak periods. Finally, expats should be aware that while Salento offers a relaxed pace of life, it may not offer the same level of amenities or entertainment options as larger cities. However, for those who love nature and a slower pace of life, Salento can be an ideal place to live," said one expat who made the move to Salento.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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