In Salento’s main square (a pueblo in the heart of Colombia’s coffee growing region ) I waited for the 9:30 am, share jeep to "Valle de Cocora", a nature preserve, home to Colombia’s national tree, the wax palm, which also happens to be the tallest palm trees in the world (80 m).
By the time we arrived thirty minutes later, a group dynamic had developed, and before I knew it, we were picking out horses to ride for one hour during the first half of the trail and on foot for the second half about three hours.

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