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Palm Miracle: Cocora Valley

In the north-west of South America, there is one beautiful state – Colombia. Many interesting sights, unique monuments and bright places attract people from the whole world. In addition, residents are proud of useful and tall plants – wax palms in the valley of Cocora. And now we`ll tell more about this unusual place.

Valley with incredible views

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If you are going on a trip to America, then do not forget to visit the National Park “Los Nevados” in Colombia. Most people come here to feel the beauty and sounds of nature. Having been here, you won’t only have a rest from the monotony of life, but also see real champions and giants. There is the highest palms grow in the valley of Cocora, which is located within the park! These trees reach up to 80 meters tall and live about 120 years.

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Valley with incredible views

Just imagine – palm trees are so high that sometimes the trees crowns are disappearing in the clouds! Also it is explained by the place where valley`s situated in. It is quite high – between 1800 and 2400 meters in the north-west of Colombia, in the upper reaches of Quindio river. There is just an incredible sight when the dark green leaves are buried in a white cloud, and all that illuminates with the bright sun. Palm Valley – is a great find for creative professionals: photographers, painters, designers, writers and lovers of natural panoramas.

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Tall palm tree in the lives of Colombians

Today Tseloksilon Andes (another name for the plant) is the national tree of Colombia. Many years ago, before the advent of electricity, the plant served as an indispensable source of light for the citizens, but rather wax, which was extracted from the palm trees.

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In addition, residents found the use of wood, fruits and even the leaves of the tree:
  • From wax people produce not only candles but also soap.
  • The wood extracted from the outside of the barrel, is used in construction. From it also a set of facilities for water supply from the source is produced.
  • At that time, almost every family had cattle that were fed with palm fruits.
  • On Palm Sunday tall tree`s leaves were used as components for a beautiful bouquet. Thus, Christians were celebrating the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem.

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Massive deforestation has led to the palm forest depletion and the virtual disappearance of this tree`s type. But, fortunately, the government intervened and legally banned any use of palm resources. In 1985 a special resolution on the inviolability of these trees were published. In case of violation of the law, a person could be fined. However, from other sources we know that such “barbarians” were even sentenced to death. Whatever it was, thanks to these precautions, today many travelers can enjoy the wonderful scenery and unusual trees.
 
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We should cherish and protect these places. Learn more about the world of plants inspire with fabulous panoramas and please your loved ones with beautiful bouquets from AZ-Flowers.com. We wish you to be in a good mood and happy!

Last updated: 2016-03-24
Section: Articles
Author: Anastasiia Art
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