Throughout the area you'll find the national tree and symbol of Colombia, the Quindío, which can grows as high as 200 feet, making it the world's tallest palm.
The valleys elevation exceeds 6500 feet (2000 meters), and the green lushness of the Andean Mountains and the tall palms surrounding give the area an almost surreal beauty.
The hike around the valley takes about 6 hours, and it's one of the most breathtaking places on the face of the earth. I couldn't recommend the hike, or the region, more highly.
Now I'll hush, and let the photos (and video) do the talking, though justice will not be served.
|my favorite shot taken of the Cocora Valley, and wall-paper on my phone|
|tall wax palms greet us at the start|
|hard to beat the view|
|an odd looking tree|
|Me and Franzi from Germany- my travel compatriot in Salento|
|after a long climb, near the top of the hill, gazing at a mountain in the distance|
|magnificent- so lush and green|
|wow- takes me back there just looking at the photo|
|the Cocora Valley- go there fellow travelers|
|there's a reason this is known as a "cloud forest"|
|even better in person|
|Hanz and Franz- here to pump YOU up|
|me finding fellow nature lovers on the trail|
|a lot of tall palms in the distance|
|Much taller than they look in the photo|
|gaining an appreciation for their height|
|great shot by Franzi|
|me preparing to cross a fast flowing creek|
|gorgeous in all directions|
|nature at her finest|
|hummingbirds alighting on the feeder|
talk amongst each other
|being friendly :)|
|Cocora Valley- get it through your head- GO!|
|atop the hill|
|heading back to the start|
|rows of palms|