The hike into and above the Cocora valley was one of my favorites so far. The valley is famous for the wax palm, which is Colombian national tree and the tallest variety of palm tree in the world. I had read that these slender beauties can reach up to 60 meters but nothing prepared me for the sight of them towering above other trees and dotting the nearly hallucinogenic green valley that laid below us after a few hours of hiking in the Western Andes. Truly magical.
The usual overloading of vehicles …
Cocora valley is just a tiny fraction of the gorgeous park Los Nevados.
One of the many wobbly bridges we had to cross on this hike
This was one of the occasions when we were happy to have our waterproof hiking boots (although it’s not much fun to move them around all the time)
Here I thought they really could have made a little bit more effort with the bridge …
Crazy plants everywhere
At the first stop (Acaime), we were entertained by many, many humming birds
Trees were truly majestic …
Near our second stop, Finca La Montana
This picture does not do it justice; it was a truly breathtaking sight
Wax palms towering above the other trees
If there was a beauty contest for trees, these ones would be strong contestants