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Valle Del Cocora Full-Day

 

You’d be hard pressed to find a more beautiful (and surprising) place than the Valle del Cocora, or Cocora Valley. The valley is located near Salento in Colombia’s verdant Coffee Triangle, and must surely rank as a Colombian travel highlight.

Cocora is probably best known for its gigantic wax palm trees, the national tree of Colombia in fact. These trees, also known as the Quindio Wax Palm (or Ceroxylon quindiuense) have been known to grow as high as 200ft (60 meters), and are unique in the wild to the Cocora Valley. They were first observed in 1801 by Alexander Von Humboldt and they are now a government protected species. The hike is relatively gentle, with a couple of short, steep uphills. However, it’s not a huge distance so you can take your time and stretch the journey out over the day. You’ll want plenty of time to stop and enjoy the scenery. A good time estimate would be between 5 to 7 hours. After a short climb through some cloud forest you’ll come to a pretty little finca, or humminbird sanctuary where you’ll enjoy your lunch. That’s not all though: at the finca you’ll be treated to the stirring sight of at least 10 different species of hummingbirds feeding in close proximity to your seat. It’s a great photo op, and a brilliant chance to tick a few more of Colombia’s near 1,900 bird species off your list. Even for a non-bird enthusiast it’s tough not to appreciate the sights of these little birds buzzing around, flashing their lovely iridescent colours in the sun.Then it’s on to the wax palms. The most spectacular concentration of these trees comes towards the end of the hike, when you’ll wander through a lush stretch of the valley, dwarfed by the hundreds of almost prehistoric palms surrounding you. It’s quite simply a unique natural experience, and certainly a Colombian highlight for all those who take the trip. Colombia’s wax palms rival any natural phenomenon in the world for uniqueness, beauty and scale. Just one more reason amongst many to come to Colombia…

Valle Del Cocora Full day 1 -person $75.00 USD

Valle Del Cocora Full day 2- person  $95.00 USD

Valle Del Cocora Full day  3- person $140.00 USD

Valle Del Cocora Full day 4- person $170.00 USD

Valle Del Cocora Full day 5- person $200.00 USD

Valle Del Cocora Full day 6- person $220.00 USD

Valle Del Cocora Full day 7- person $250.00 USD

Valle Del Cocora Full day 8- person $270.00 USD

Prices Include: Interpreter, transportation, lunch and snacks, entrance fees, insurance