Towering palm trees welcome you to the Cocora Valley, in Salento, Colombia. The slim trees pepper the verdant, wild landscape, surrounded on all sides by green mountains. Entering this Colombian coffee region hotspot feels as though you’re being welcomed by kind giants to an enchanted land full of rich history and overflowing with splendor. It’s a magical valley, making it an ideal backdrop for Disney’s new animated feature Encanto.
Cocora Valley is home to the world’s tallest palm trees and some of the most impressive mountain-based views in all of Latin America. It’s no wonder Disney chose it as the setting of the film. However, exploring the real-life Colombian valley might just serve to be more enchanting than viewing the film itself. Here’s what to know about real-life enchanted Colombia behind the film and how you can experience the lush beauty of Cocora Valley in person.