Palm trees reaching for the skies

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.

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