Cocora Valley

Imagine that: You are in Switzerland and the green mountains surrounding you are covered with giant wax palm trees... Weird huh? Well this is the Cocora Valley, a landscape that you will never see anywhere else in the world, one of our highlights in Colombia.
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Nop, it ain't Switzerland...We didn't meet a single traveller who has been to Cocora and didn't admit it was one the most amazing places they had ever been...
It's even hard to describe, I guess you'll just have to go there!

The best thing to do is a day trek from the trout farm. This is a pretty easy walk but you could still do most of the ride on a horse if you feel a little lazy or fancy a different experience.

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THE TREK
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The walk takes between 5 to 7 hours depending on if you are a psycho-walker or a relaxed photo shooter. You will walk 2H30 up to the Reserva Natural Acaime (you will have to pay $2.000 COP to get in).A Site of interest indeed...

What we recommend though, is to take the path to la Montana Ranger Path (you will have to turn left before reaching the Reserve). It will give you the most amazing views over the Valley and this is where the highest trees are.

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FOOD AND ACOMMODATION
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There are a few places where you can have a rest around the Reserva, grab a hot chocolate with cheese (weird but you have to try) and admire the Hummingbirds flying around. That would be a lovely idea to stay up there for the night or even a few days

Here are a few good places:

> Bosques de Cocora
http://www.bosquesdecocora.com/

> Las Palmas de Cocora
http://laspalmasdecocora.com/

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GETTING THERE
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You will catch a jeep from Salento that will take you in approximately 30 mns to the start of the trek (the trout farm). 
Jeeps leave early in the morning from Salento main's square, try to ask in advance as you don't want to miss departures (although they leave when they are full so there is no precise timing). but you could still pay for the empty seats if you are in a hurry).

It takes about 30 mns to get to the Valley and costs around $3.000 COP.

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A GLIMPSE OF COCORA
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The "Quindío wax palm" (that you will find in large numbers in the Cocora Valley) are the biggest palm trees in the world (more than 60m tall).

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