Colombia’s wax palms are a national treasure.  They grow in Colombia’s Quindío, Valle de Cauca, Caldas, and Tolima departments and nowhere else in the world. They’re spectacular, and they’re highly threatened. If you’ve never visited Colombia, chances are you’ve never heard of these fantastic trees (we hadn’t, before we moved here). Once we became more aware of the wax palms’ symbolic importance in our adopted country, we were excited to go and see them first-hand. We finally got our chance in December with a visit to Salento in Colombia’s Zona Cafetera. Our trip was cut short when I broke my ankle (yikes). But before the weather went sideways and fractures happened, we had a lovely day hiking in La Carbonera, a spectacular and off-the-beaten-path forest of wax palms. Here are a few more factoids about ceroxylon quindiuense, the Quindío wax palm:  It’s the world’s tallest palm tree, growing up to 60…

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