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Trekking in the Cocora Valley in Colombia

This amazing trek in Colombia is full of beautiful flora and fauna. Here you will have a chance to see the Colombian national tree, one of the biggest in the world—the wax palm

Trekking in the Cocora Valley
Trekking in the Cocora Valley
Trekking in the Cocora Valley
Trekking in the Cocora Valley

Cocora Valley (Valle de Cocora), a famous coffee region near Salento, is one the best and most stunning places for trekking in Colombia. It's home to unique wax palms which at 60 meters high are the tallest palm in the world! Usually, tourists rent a public jeep in order to get from Salento to Cocora Valley or rent a private car. Cocora Valley is not quite a multi-day trek, but you can stay and camp in order to explore more!

You can also climb to a private mountain hut—Finca Primavera. It's just one place where you can have a meal. While trekking you will enjoy the beauty of nature, discover lots of beautiful trees, waterfalls, lakes, and rivers. The landscape of Cocora Valley is really fantastic. This area is a cloud forest, and it's pretty rainy all year-round. The driest season is the best for trekking from December to February and from June to September. This way you can avoid muddy trails.

Practical info

When is the ideal time to plan a trek in Cocora Valley?

The best time to plan a trek in Cocora Valley is between December to February and June to September. During these periods, the trails are dry, and the likelihood of rain is minimal. Although Cocora Valley is a cloud forest, it can rain throughout the year; thus, checking weather reports before departure is essential. Show more

What's the simplest way to access Cocora Valley from Salento?

Renting a public jeep from Salento's central plaza is the simplest and most common way to access Cocora Valley. The ride, which takes around thirty minutes and passes through Andes Mountains offers visitors breathtaking views. Alternatively, tourists can rent a private car or sign up for a tour group with a travel agency. Show more

Is camping allowed in Cocora Valley during the trek?

Camping is allowed in Cocora Valley during treks. There are campsites at the valley's start where tourists can choose to rent a tent or bring their tents. Overnight stays offer an incredible opportunity to immerse oneself in the valley's picturesque landscape. However, unpredictable weather means visitors should come prepared with waterproof tents and clothing. Show more

What activities can visitors do besides trekking in Cocora Valley?

Apart from trekking, visitors have many other activities to do in Cocora Valley. They can horseback ride and visit the local Hummingbird sanctuary, where 20 of Colombia's 166 hummingbird species live. There's also the option of visiting the nearby town of Salento, known for its vibrant colonial houses, coffee shops, and traditional architecture. Show more

How should I prepare for Cocora Valley's trek and what should I wear?

Comfortable, waterproof clothing and trekking shoes with good grips are essential for Cocora Valley's trek. It's also wise to bring sunscreen, a hat, and insect repellent. As weather conditions can change suddenly, packing additional waterproof clothes and gear is recommended. Show more

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