Cocora Valley Hike


Visit the house of the World’s tallest wax palms, get immerse into the mystic “Bosque de Niebla” (Cloud Forest) keep an eye on the wide variety of flora and fauna and explore “Acaime” a natural reserve also called the house of the hummingbirds.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Discovery, Family, Guided Tours, Jungle, Short Breaks, Trekking, Wildlife
    • Activity Level Easy
    • Group Size Medium Group
    All about the Cocora Valley Hike.

    Cocora valley is one of the most beautiful natural parks in Colombia, it is located in the central cordillera of the Andean mountains. Cocora was the name of a Quimbayan princess who was the daughter of the local chief Acaime.

    The valley is the principal location of the national tree and symbol of Colombia the Quindio wax palm.

    Prices in USD

    1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax 7 Pax
    $ 125 $ 141 $ 107 $ 125 $ 142 $ 159 $ 177

    Data & Altitudes

    • Higher Altitude Reached: 2.400 meters
    • Salento: 1.950 meters
    • Cocora: 2.200 meters
    • Acaime: 2.400 meters

    What will we See?

    At the arrival in Cocora we will find ourselves surrounded by a beautiful landscape of mountains, wax palms, milk farms a Horse stables.

    During this hike we will pass the trout farm, we will learn about Cocora’s sustainability programs and the history of the Wax Palm and how it became a national symbol for Colombia. A bit further we will blow our minds away with the amazing Bosque de Niebla (cloud forest) where a wide variety of fauna and flora is found. Plants such as Siete Cueros, Yarumos, Helecho Gigante (Giant Fern) can be found. Heads up! Ferrets are usually around this forest. Then we will proceed through Five hanging bridges made of wood that will lead us to our next destination “Acaime” the house of the HummingBirds. After that, we will walk through wax palms and fantastic viewpoints.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.


    • Salento – Cocora
    • Cocora – Salento


    • Hot drinks
    • Snacks
    • Water.
    • One lunch in Salento


    • Insurance
    • Guidance
    • All entry fees to farmhouses
    • Camping equipment if required.
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.


    • Jackets, trekking shoes or any personal equipment required.
    • International or Domestic flights
    1. Day 1 All day hike

      8:00 am

      We will meet at the Salento square we take a quick walk around Salento square to learn a bit about the history of this wonderful village.

      8:30 am

      We leave Salento by private transport to Cocora (25 minutes)

      9:00 am

      We start our walk through the amazing cocora valley.

      11:00 am

      Arrive to the “Bosque de niebla”.

      12:00. pm

      Arrive to Natural reserve Acaime

      12:15 pm

      Time to have a nice break and have some snacks

      12:30 pm

      We walk back to Cocora

      3:00 pm

      Arrive to Cocora

      3:30 pm

      Lunch in Salento

    Cocora Valley Walk
    Cocora Valley Walk

    For high mountain Hiking:

    As the track might be wet and muddy Waterproof boots are highly recommended, Walking gaiters are also very handy during the trip, walking socks.

    For Village Walks:

    Runners or any light footwear is recommended.

    Upper body:

    • You will need a windproof, breakable jacket and a medium jacket full of down or synthetic fill is recommended.
    • Pants should be waterproof or any material which dries easily.
    • Thermal clothes are highly recommended especially at night time.

    For your hands:
    Try wearing lightweight or midweight fleece gloves under waterproof shell mittens or shell gloves. It’s also a good idea to bring an extra pair of fleece gloves that you keep stowed in your pack in case the ones you’re wearing get wet.

    Salento Hikers provides insurance for all activities however we HIGHLY RECOMMEND you take out your own medical/travel insurance to cover your walk and any circumstances in which you may not be able to walk.

    To enjoy your walk you should be able to carry a medium sized backpack for 5 to 7 hours over 10-21km of mountain track each day. To maximise your enjoyment we encourage you to set your own pace while walking the track. The track surface varies from smooth well-formed paths to rough terrain broken up by rocks and tree roots and we recommend you wear hiking boots, which provide firm ankle support. If you are not a regular walker, we suggest you begin a daily walk regime 6-8 weeks before your departure. Some practice carrying a pack and hill/staircase walking during this time will make you even better prepared for your walk.

    The unpredictable nature of the weather in this region means that high winds and
    rain can occur at any time of the year. It is therefore very important to be prepared for the worst weather conditions, and carry the appropriate clothing at all times.

    Please advise us of any specific dietary requirements when you make your booking. We will endeavour to cater for them, however please remember we operate in an extremely isolated and challenging environment.

    No, only the farmhouses have toilet facilities.

    We take full payment at time of booking.

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