Reasons to visit the unforgettable Cañón del Río Claro Nature Reserve

De visita en la reserva Natural Cañón del Río Claro

Colombia has a great variety of tourist sites for vacations, as is the case of the Cañón del Río Claro Nature Reserve , a tourist attraction that we will talk about in the following article. This exuberant reserve is located between the Antioquia municipalities of San Francisco and Puerto Triunfo and is one of the busiest when doing ecotourism if you are visiting Medellín or other adjacent cities.

With 500 hectares, this destination is ideal for being in full contact with nature. It has a beautiful crystalline river, a wide variety of flora and fauna, as well as different activities to bring out your adventurous spirit.

If you have not yet decided to visit the Cañón del Río Claro Natural Reserve , we have some reasons why it should be among your plans, especially if you stay at El Río Hotel, one of the most impressive hotels in Río Claro in the area.

1. It’s easy to get to 

Getting to the reserve from the main Colombian cities will not be an odyssey, giving this tourist destination a first point in favor. If you come from Medellín, the trip lasts approximately 5 hours. On the other hand, if you are in Bogotá, it will last about 6 hours.

From both you have available a wide range of transportation and excellent accommodation options, such as Hotel El Rio . In Bogotá, the transports leave from the Salitre Terminal and go along the route to Doradal; From Medellín, you must go to the North Terminal, taking a bus in the direction of Samaná.

2. It has beaches and rivers with crystal clear water, ideal for cooling off

The Cañón del Río Claro Nature Reserve stands out for having a large number of bodies of water intended for bathing in them and enjoying nature. It is an excellent activity, especially if during the season of your visit there are usually sunny days.

If you stay at our hotel in Río Claro you can enjoy part of the Nature Reserve without leaving our facilities . If you want to explore outside our facilities, you can also choose between the following options:

  • Spring Beach
  • mouth alligator
  • Marble Beach
  • Temple of Time
  • The Tapirs

3. Do you like sports and outdoor activities? So this is your destiny



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The Cañón del Río Claro Natural Reserve has different sports and activities that create an immersion in nature and help you feel part of the whole environment. They are famous among people who, doing tourism in Medellín , discover in Río Claro Colombia an ideal place to practice them, so if you are looking for new experiences, we mention the most popular of this tourist destination.


It is a sporting activity that consists of taking a tour of a river in the direction of the current. This rafting is level 1-2, making it perfect for beginners; the 8 kilometer route allows you to enjoy the impressive Colombian jungle. Sounds like fun right?


It is also known as zip line or zip line. It is a pulley suspended by an inclined cable that goes from one end to the other.

If you like adrenaline and you are not terrified of heights, put this activity on your list of tourist activities . It has three totally safe routes where you can be closer to the treetops and over the river current. This wonder that nature offers us is a different view.

Vía Ferrata

If you like climbing, you can take a tour on the Via Ferrata that has the Cañón del Río Claro Nature Reserve . Here you can test your skills to climb one of the marble and limestone walls of the Canyon, which is prepared and equipped so that you are safe at all times. It is an interesting and exciting challenge for you adventurer.




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If you have never explored caverns and it seems like an interesting activity to you, then you should take advantage of this unforgettable experience offered by the Cañón del Río Claro Nature Reserve .

During the tour, you will be able to contemplate the Caverna de los Guácharos,

, which was carved by a stream called Bornego, which is running today through its soils. It has a distance of approximately 400 meters and rooms full of stalactites where the guácharos live, an endemic bird of Colombia and Venezuela, which is in danger of extinction. 

It is a unique cavern in the Colombian territory that you must visit yes or yes in case you decide to go to this splendid natural reserve for tourism.

Bird watching

You will be able to see the different species of birds in the reserve, in their natural habitat. Among them are the Colombian Guacharaca, the Bonito Woodpecker and the Magdalena Anthill.

It is an activity that will not only allow you to be in contact with an important part of the fauna of the place, but will also help you raise awareness about how important it is to protect the forests where these beautiful birds live.


What better way to breathe the fresh air than with a walk! Hiking is ideal to enjoy the different species of animals and the impressive nature of the place.

The activities are endless in this place, and each one more fun than the last. The best of all is that if you stay at our hotel in Río Claro , the staff will take care of giving you all the equipment and transferring you so that you can enjoy the best and most fun experience.

4. It has an events area for a natural experience



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If you have a business meeting, a family celebration and even a marriage, honeymoon or anniversaries, the reserve has a space to make that event unforgettable and magical. Our hotel staff will take care of all the details and will offer you a personalized program and logistics so that everything turns out better than you imagined, in case you want to remember a special moment in this wonderful natural reserve.

5. It is possible to camp inside the reserve



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Camping gives you another perspective of the natural world that surrounds you, especially if it is within the Cañón del Río Claro Nature Reserve . The place has an exclusive and safe area for you to take your whole family to live a unique experience. What can you do in this area? Grills, roasts, campfires, place tents, among other things.

6. You can take advantage of sunny days



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And no, we are not just talking about sunbathing; the reserve has a program that begins with a guided walk through landscapes worth admiring and if you decide, you can stay on some of the beaches or in the river to spend a pleasant time, full of stillness and a lot of peace; or to fish, drink something refreshing and have fun. At El Rio Hotel we also have exclusive pool, spa and more spaces where you can also enjoy the freshness of the jungle in the company of the warm Doradal sun.

7. In most of the activities and places you can go with children



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This particularity makes Rio Claro Colombia a fantastic destination for sightseeing in Antioquia with the family, since the little ones will enjoy it as much or more than you. If you decide to stay at our hotel , you will find an extensive menu, recreational activities for all ages and all the necessary amenities to spend a relaxing and fun vacation.

Undoubtedly, the Cañón del Río Claro Nature Reserve has more than one reason why it should be at the top of your list of destinations to visit this vacation; because, in addition to being a disconnection experience, you will be able to contemplate the unique and incredible landscapes that our beloved Colombia offers in the most luxurious hotel in Doradal.

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