VALLE DEL COCORA

16 Km from “El Ocaso Hotel

A natural landscape located in a mountainous valley of the Colombian Central Range, it is part of the National Park “Los Nevados”. Cocora was the name of an indigenous princess, meaning water star. “Valle de Cocora” is the main home of Colombia's national tree, the wax palm of Quindio (Ceroxylon quindiuense) as well as a variety of flora and fauna, much of it endangered but protected under the status of natural national park. The valley and the nearby town “Salento” are among the main touristic destinations in Colombia.

Climate: Because of its altitude and the special feature that causes the fact that westerly winds from the Pacific Ocean are stopped by the Andean mountains “Valle de Cocora” presents an environment conducive to the development of an ecosystem of cloud forest humid environment at high altitudes; thus the rain occurs almost daily. The average annual temperature is 15 ° C, with a maximum of 25 ° C and a low of -2 ° C.

Recommendations: There are several tracks and activities you can enjoy at “Valle de Cocora” that depend on your preferences, time availability and fitness. Always be sure to keep hydrated, get some snacks, insect repellent, sunscreen, rain jacket, water-proof shoes and obviously do not forget your camera. Remember that oxygen saturation is lower at high altitude so give yourself time to rest while enjoying the stunning views.

Transportation: From the main square of “Salento” you can take a jeep ride for COP$ 3,000 per person scheduled at the following times:

Salento – Valle De Cocora

Monday to Friday: 6:10 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Weekends and holidays: 6.10am - 7:30 am - 9:00 am - 10:30 am - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Valle Del Cocora - Salento

Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 12.30pm - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Weekends and holidays: 7.00am - 8.30am - 10.00am - 11.30am - 12.30am - 14.00pm - 16.00pm - 17.00pm - 18.00pm

From “El Ocaso” farm you can take an express jeep ride to “Salento” costs COP$ 25,000 one way, and to “Valle de Cocora” costs COP$ 51,000 one way Or you can take a public jeep ride that costs COP$ 3,000 per person.

Timetable: Monday to Friday at 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Weekends hourly from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.