From time immemorial, the plentiful rainfall of Cocora Valley has nurtured the tallest, most spectacular palm trees in the world. By 1985, though, it was looking a little grim for these immense, spindly triumphs of nature. It took the foresight of the President of the time to declare the valley part of Los Nevados National Natural Park, thus giving these endangered national symbols their best chance of survival. It’s a good thing Belisario Betancur made this move, because it gives us all a chance to marvel at these wavering giants, set in their valley’s mystical grandeur.
If you get there early, you’ll have more of an opportunity to take some sexy photos of this valley of numberless greens, and plenty more time to take it easy on the medium-level trails going up the hill to the cloud forest. Later on, being a cloud forest, it’ll probably rain for a bit. The clouds and mists add to the mysterious glamour of Cocora, but will reduce photo opportunities. Even considering the wispy, ethereal clouds and their rain, though, you’ll find it hard to deny you’ve made it to one of the special places of the world, and can smile to yourself with a smug feeling of contentment about this fact.