Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Parque Del Nevado - Palm Wax Trees

Just up the valley from Salento world records are set.

Residing up there are the tallest wax palms called Palmera - the national tree in Colombia (Ceroxylon quindiuense is their official name in Google), they are the tallest in the world.

While based at Salento we took the opportunity to take in the park and see these monsters first hand, we did the park over two days not being sure of there was a loop or not.

The scenery was spectacular to say the least with starting from farm paddocks then into native bush / rain forest. 

The small river was the same as anything we would find in New Zealand and some very cool dodgy swing bridges.

Ellen placing her feet carefully

And some dodgy non swing bridges 

The last crossing at the top, the wire saved my arse from gettin wet, click on the image to watch the vid.

This is where we were 

First day up was up to the top but we only went as far as the “paid entry” as we didn’t have any money, we talked to some others as well and they said we didn’t miss much .... so we felt better about that.

Returning back to the bottom we geared up and headed up to the end of the valley which on the maps and according t how far you can ride was 11 km however within about 2 km there was a big set of gnarly gates which there was no way through, there was a nice wee ford though to wash Maya. 

This is how they take the horses up, tie em to a moto and take em for a walk

The following day we did the big loop track which took us to great heights and epic views of the valley and right through the middle of the big fellas.

They are actually a very hard wood so would make an incredibly good structural component to a building b u t you are not allowed to touch them and rightfully so.

One of the big fellas that had laid down

At the top we enjoyed view of spectacular volcanos

Back in Salento we joined Raul and Elida for tea which was nice chatting about travel and bikes (pictured in previous thread).

Great place to go to and stunning scenery.

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