Day 262pm – Wax palms in Valle de Corcora

Carlos drops us off to the start of the trail head to walk the loop of Valle de Cocora supposedly a 5 hour trek. The highlight here is to see the Quindio wax palms, Colombia’s national tree and known for the tallest palm trees in the world. We walk for an hour along the floor valley passing by many weekend Colombian tourists on horse riding trails and we seem to be the only ones walking. Antonia, Ben and I leave the crowds & horses behind as the trail heads up into the lush cloud forest crossing over simple swing bridges and clear rivers over boulders. More huffing and puffing up the 1 km steep climb up the mountain at 2600m but the views over the valley are rewarding. The next 2 hours are breathtaking as the forest opens up to the valley of palms some reaching 50m high. We are the only ones up here and take time out to absorb in the fresh air while taking far too many photos. Even with stops we make the loop in under 4 hours. Plenty of time to take the Willy jeeps back to Salento and Ben gets to ride the jeep standing up on a ledge on the back.

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