Is Colombia’s Cocora Valley the world’s coolest natural wonder?

Spending time in nature has a special way of grounding us, making us feel again. Yosemite, Annapurna, Serengeti, Torres del Paine, Kakadu… These regions need no introduction. Hiking has become synonymous with travel in some ways.

But there is still a special delight in stumbling upon a place of astounding natural beauty when you least expect it.

Cocora Valley is one such place. If there is a valley on earth more diverse, I’d like to see it.


We entered the valley via a wide track winding through green fields. Horses ambled by, mountains peaked around us.

But the sun drenched rolling hills quickly descended into dense forest – fields became tangled vines, gnarly trees, rushing creeks and waterfalls.

The creek wound deeper into the forest and started to climb, the trees changed, suddenly everything was moss-laden and a thick fog settled around us. We’d entered Cocora’s cloud forest, the humidity was thick and the oxygen thin.