Valle de Cocora Lookbook: Colombia’s Famous Wax Palm Trees In Salento

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Tucked away in the famous coffee-growing region of Zona Cafetera.

Tucked away in the famous coffee-growing region of Zona Cafetera, lies a valley that has long been a popular destination for backpackers, eco-tourists and travelers the world over. In Valle de Cocora (Spanish for “Valley of Cocora”) the vast majority of the world’s tallest wax palms can be found here, which offers gorgeous photo ops for landscape photographers. As Colombia’s national tree, these wax palms can grow to a staggering 60 meters (197 feet) in height. In addition to beautiful landscapes and awe-inspiring flora, the valley is home to Acaime, a hummingbird sanctuary that is simply can’t-miss. Whether you choose to trek by foot or explore on horseback, Valle de Cocora is a splendor of natural wonder and well worth a visit.

Photos (all credit: Jerry Alonzo Leon via Flickr)

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Jerry Alonzo Leon


Jerry's favorite country to travel to is Spain. When he's on the road, he keeps it real simple with a pen and a pad. His travel style is spontaneous, easygoing, and always in search of a great adventure.

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