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Valle del Cocora

Valle del Cocora (Colombia)

Practical information on Valle del Cocora

  • Relaxation
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
  • Horse
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Essential
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
30 minutes from Salento by jeep
When to go
From January to March
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Valle del Cocora

Laure Alvarez Seasoned Traveller
44 written opinions

The Corcora valley lies in a national park in Colombia's coffee-growing region and is the perfect place to see the magnificent wax palms, which are famous throughout the whole region.

My suggestion:
Ensure you have plenty of time to really appreciate this place, in all its grandeur, by, for example, taking a snack with you so you have something to eat once you're deep within the valley area.
My review

The easiest way to get to the Corcora valley is to first travel to the town of Salento then take a jeep the rest of the way: there are several departures from the town each day.

In my opinion, the national park in which the valley is located is one of the most impressive to be found in Colombia's coffee-growing region. It's a striking place when you first see it: the jeep drops you off at the edge of an area of mountains and seemingly endless valleys, and within them are hundreds of colossal palm trees, some of which reach as much as 70 metres in height! The Corcora valley's palm trees have long been used as the emblem for the region, and actually seeing them up close is a thrilling experience.

The walk itself can be done without a guide and takes around five hours. Along it you'll traverse valleys and mountains, pass through areas of dense forests and cross some precariously shaky bridges. When exploring the Corora valley, it's really worth taking the time to do it properly, fully immersing yourself in the atmosphere and grandeur of the place; stop and sit down at times and carefully watch to see what emerges from these mystical trees. I also recommend stopping at the halfway point to get something to drink at the humming bird reserve, where you can observe these amazing birds at close hand.

Valle del Cocora
Wax palms
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