Endemic Wax Palm

From Salamina, climb aboard a traditional local jeep for a one-hour drive through the Central Andes Mountains of Colombia. Before going to visit the Wax Palm reserve, we will visit the charming village of San Felix, a wonder town with colorful facades and friendly locals.

After having coffee and snacks in San Felix, we continue to the Samaria Valley, a region as important as The Cocora Valley for its giant Wax Palms (Colombia’s National Tree), but with three-times as many of the 60m tall trees, and sees a fraction of the tourists.

Enjoy a guided hike through the woods of the valley and learn all about the trees from the host who runs a conservation project aimed at protecting and saving this endangered species. You will be seeing the hundreds of Wax Palms in their natural forest habitat (and even getting to see seedlings: it’s remarkable to see how something so tiny can grow into such a mighty tree!). After a hearty local lunch overlooking the valley of the palms, you will be driven by jeep back to Salamina.

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