Church of Salento located in the central square of Salento at sunset. Quindío. The church of Salento, built by the year 1850, is a unique building, then from the base to the roof is made of wood Ceroxylon andicola, so scrape enough columns in the nave of this modest building required to collect the wax candles on the altar. Poor is inside, but under his roof encouraged the faithful gather a living faith and sincere. That very day I had a proof. The priest said Mass, and inasmuch as the church was unable to hold to all the parishioners who came from the vicinity, many of these remained in the square talking loudly with vendors installed there, but when touched to raise, All were silent and bowed to the ground, without missing one, taking off their hats. With the latest bells ringing all rose, those who spoke before the interrupted conversation resumed, and the crowd regained the animation and movement, as if they were schoolchildren in the absence of the teacher. "(Taken at face value the book Picturesque America) But Isaac Holton describes us to the year 1853 "At two o'clock we Barcinal, the first house we found since we left Toche and sixth there in seventy-two hours away. There lived a family that gave us porridge Antioquia. By a steep path descended to Boquía bad on the banks of the river Quindío. Salento is a newly formed village which has at most two hundred inhabitants. Only twelve years ago that has the name it bears, it was formerly called Boquía. Your district has about two thousand inhabitants scattered, occupying several thousand acres of land and live off the proceeds of the raising of any livestock, and crops of wheat and corn, the grains are going to sell the Cauca or consumed in the country. The Cauca River, which passes through the bottom of the village, a windmill motion to print, rare in those regions. A little further takes its current name Boquia river and its waves are mixed towards the west to join the Old River, a tributary of the Cauca.