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Planning your trip to Quindío, Colombia

The final program of the World Palm Symposium 2015 will be uploaded soon. In the meanwhile, there is some relevant imformation you may need to consider, in order to plan your trip.

The Symposium's opening ceremony will take place on Monday 22 June at 06:00 p.m. Paticipants are expected to arrive during the day. Registration will take place between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

There are seven daily flights from Bogotá to Armenia with Avianca ( (6:35 a.m., 9:06 a.m., 12:35 p.m., 4:28 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 8:29 p.m., 10:05 p.m.). Taxis at the airport will take you to Hotel Las Camelias in 20 minutes for ca. 15 USD.

The closing dinner will start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday 26, and will be followed by a party accompanied by a band of typical Colombian music. As is traditional in Colombia, there is no final time for parties, and the dancing goes on until it fades out.

Your registration fee includes until morning on Saturday 27. If you have booked to attend the field trip to the Ceroxylon stands, please note that we will be back by 5:00 pm. You may choose to book an addtitional night at the hotel ( or you can take a flight to Bogotá. There are seven daily flights from Armenia to Bogotá (6:00 a.m., 8:10 a.m., 10:39 a.m., 2:08 p.m., 6:05 p.m., 7:23 p.m., 10:06 p.m.).

We look forward to seeing you in Quindío.


The World Palm Symposium 2015 is the sixth in a series that started in Ithaca (1987) and then continued at Miami (1995), New York (1997), London (2005) and Montpellier (2010). 

Initially planned to be hosted in Denmark by the Danish palm research team, the Symposium will now be held in Colombia. For the first time, this event will take place in a tropical country, in fact, one of the world’s most palm-rich countries.

The Symposium will be developed in collaboration between the University of Aarhus, the National University of Colombia, The Quindío Botanical Garden, and the IRD and CIRAD institutes in France.


The World Palm Symposium 2015 has changed its venue from the Cocora valley in Salento to the Hotel Las Camelias, in Montenegro, 30 km SW from the original location.
This change offers the possibility of having all participants gathered at a single place.
Las Camelias is a rural hotel surrounded by coffee plantations and includes swimming pools, gym and disco, thus offering the best opportunities for social activities after sessions.

Time and Place



June 22-26 - 2015

The venue adjoins one of the most extraordinary palm landscapes: The Cocora Valley, in Salento, Quindío, in the Central Andes, where large palm stands of Ceroxylon quindiuense are found in forest and pastures. These stands include some of the world’s tallest palms, over 50 m tall.

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Revised 2015.04.24