Southwest Colombia Sights

Valle de Cocora

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Published 03/16/2017

Fodor's Review

The most popular day trip from Salento is a visit to the Valle de Cocora, a narrowing canyon that follows the Río Quindío. Its verdant slopes are punctuated by regal wax palms measuring as much as 200 feet in height. These palms, Colombia’s national tree, are the world’s tallest.

Tour companies deposit you at the Vereda de Cocora, an area with small restaurants and a kiosk where you can grab food or equipment (like rubber boots, available to rent, for the frequently muddy paths ahead). The quickest path to the most popular viewpoint is a 20-minute walk that takes you past a private farm, which requires a small fee to visit, before weaving upward towards the mist-shrouded volcanic peaks of the PNN Los Nevados. For a longer hike, head through a blue gate past the kiosk and follow a circular path that leads through luxuriant farmlands, cloud forests, and over wooden suspension bridges. Watch for a small hummingbird sanctuary—it serves a thick hot chocolate that will bolster you for the last few hours.

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Valle de Cocora, Salento, Quindío, 631028, Colombia

Published 03/16/2017


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