Colombia is home to the tallest palm tree in the world, the palma de cera

colombia is home to the tallest palm tree in the world the palma de cera

The tallest palm tree in the world resides in the Colombian Andes in Los Nevados National Park, amid the Cocora Valley.

Colombia’s national tree, the palma de cera or wax palm (Ceroxylon quindiuense), stands up to nearly 200 feet tall.

But seeing it is no easy trek — hikers have to walk through a cloud forest that extends six miles long. All the while, the wax palms shrouded in fog appear to be reaching high into the sky.

Cocora Valley hosts some of the planet’s most diverse wildlife and surreal mountain landscapes — it’s no wonder that it reminds people of a scene out of Jurassic Park.