Cocora Valley, Colombia

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Cocora Valley is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. I couldn’t help but take photos every few minutes. We went on a 13 km hike through the valley and up to look out point at Casa de la Montana, where we drank the local agua de panela, a drink made of sugar cane. Our guide taught us about various medicinal plants used by the indigenous people of the area, as well as explained the sacred nature of Morrogacho peak. The famous wax palms are the national tree of Colombia and can reach heights of 200 feet. The indigenous people used the branches for roofing, the trunks as beams, and the wax for candles and as sealant.

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