If you are short on time, day tours from Pereira hit Salento, Filandia, and Valle de Cocora.
From the main terminal in Pereira, there are regular buses, around 8 per day (1 hr.; COP$6,500), and buses every half hour from Armenia (1 hr.; COP$4,000). There are 3 direct buses a day from Medellín (7 hr.; COP$45,000).
Known locally as “Willys,” iconic, restored World War II jeeps depart from Salento’s central plaza at 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:30am, for the 20-minute ride to the hamlet of Cocora, the Valle de Cocora, and Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados; COP$6,500. Jeeps return at 12:30pm, 2pm and 5pm; there are a lot more jeeps on the weekend. Chances are that you can hire your own jeep and driver for about COP$26,000 (one-way).
There is a bank with an ATM on the main plaza (it can run out of money on the weekend).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.