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“Best palm trees ever”
Review of Bosques de Cocora

Bosques de Cocora
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3-Day Colombian Coffee Region Tour from Pereira...
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Salento
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Valle de Cocora is so beautiful with the largest palm trees I have ever seen. Great for hiking and on a sunny day this is one of the best trips if you around Salento.

Thank Dirk Jan G
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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Very nice walk for half day or so. Its better to go in the morning as clouds build up during the day.

I walked at a leisurely pace with lots of photo stops and was able to complete half the route in 2 hours.

Definitely recommend taking a simple packed lunch, find a scenic spot and just enjoy the view.

It got very windy at the mirador so take a light jacket along

2  Thank blumuu132S
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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

We did the full loop at the beginning of June and definitely lucked out with the weather. It had rained the night before, but didn’t rain at all during our hike. The trails were muddy, but doable with makeshift pathways of stones and logs. I hate getting muddy, and this hike wasn’t bad at all. I could see though why the rubber boots are often necessary (but probably very hard to walk in). Because our priority was the wax palm valley, we did the loop in reverse of what most people do: clockwise with the palm valley first, past the two miradores, up to the mountain, and then downhill through the cloud forest and over the various bridges (which are so cool! Very Indiana Jones-esque). I’d HIGHLY recommend this route because the uphill climb is generally better for footing and shorter than if you do the counterclockwise route up through the cloud forest. We caught an 830 Willy to Valle de corcora, and ~210 back.

3  Thank Kristen L
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

If you are going to spend a few days in the area, go for a day with guaranteed good weather. It takes about 6 hours with two coffee stops while hiking, so it is more pleasant if it does not rain. Bring trekking boots (you can rent wellies before starting but I do not think its grip is good enough) and a rainproof jacket.
It will be muddy . It is a good activity for children because you can rent horses and use them part of the way or all of it, I am not sure. We started from the second gate after the BLUE GATE. In this way the climb is softer. The wonderful palmas de cera forest will be your scenary for the first hour. It is good to aim at stoping at Refugio de MOntaña for drinks y Chocolate con queso. A typical colombian beverage. The cheese must be broken into the hot chocolate and drunk or rather eaten with your spoon, colombian style!. They have beautiful flowers! then you walk down hill towards the intersection to the Humming birds Sanctuary, Reserva de Colibries, Coffee shop. And from there it is all downhill along the forest. There are signs everywhere and we were given a very good map in our hotel. Take a picture of the one they have by the entrance. Ours had details of how long each leg should take and that was very helpful. THere was no need to have a guide, but we came across several walkers who were unsure of how long it would take them to go around. If you have children under ten, you could just visit the Bosque de Palmas bringing some horses for the children or if they are toddlers use a backpack. Do bring water and snacks for them.

Thank Maria d
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

Took six hours - three of which were non-stop rainfall - to complete this hike. The palm trees at the beginning were a definite highlight. It was very beautiful but the paths became unpleasant when it started to rain...body balancing between barbed wire and bamboo fencing with water and mud in between was a mind over matter exercise. I likely would do this again but in drier weather...but the views were just marvelous!

Thank Liz M
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