Salento is a small town and municipality located at the north-east of Quindío (department), Colombia. The municipality covers an area of 377.67 km2. It was the first settlement in Quindío of the modern era, and the first municipality founded in the department, because of that is called the "Father Municipality". Salento is located 24 km northeast of the department’s capital Armenia.
This small town was located on the main road leading from Popayan to Bogota (Colombia’s Capital) but when the route was diverted the town became isolated and did not develop as rapidly as the rest of the region. For this reason it has retained more of its traditional colonial architecture than almost any other town in the Coffee Region, along with a quiet and relaxed way of life, and as a result the town and nearby Cocora valley are among the most popular tourist destinations in Colombia.