Canopying In Rio Claro

(Photo: Tara Morris)

If you’re looking for a little adventure in Colombia, look no further than canopying through Rio Claro’s lush, secluded jungle, located just five hours bus ride from either Medellin or Bogota.

Rio Claro is located in Antioquia department in central Colombia and, approximately four hours from Medellin and roughly five hours from Bogota, provides a great place to escape from city life, while still offering the excitement and adrenaline-pumping fun of canopying.

Canopying is the adrenaline junky’s way to explore nature. Connected to a thick cable, you’ll soon be speeding from one end to the other over rivers and through jungle, marvelling at the beautiful scenery above and below that whizzes by at breakneck speeds.

If bird-watching is your thing, Rio Claro is also known as home to many types of birds, ranging from hummingbirds to vultures, so try to keep your eyes wide open.

Rio Claro doesn’t just offer canopying however; there’s also rafting, caving and numerous other activities.

MORE: Choose your own adventure in Rio Claro

As far as accommodation goes, El Refugio’s a good bet. Located on a nature reserve, the establishment offers multiple types of eco-friendly lodging and outdoor activities including, of course, canopying. Canopy cords are strung throughout the area, some high up in the trees, with others hanging across the river.

Canopying with El Refugio costs around $11. Canopying expeditions run once in the mornings and once in the afternoons, take approximately 45 minutes, and include six different ziplines. Upon arrival to El Refugio, the concierge will be happy to assist you with setting up activities and informing you of anything you wish to know.

To get to Rio Claro from Medellin, hop on the Rio Claro bus at the city’s northern terminal. The buses leave frequently, around about every half hour. The cost for a one-way bus ticket is $12.


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