Rio Claro Natural Reserve: One of the Most Beautiful Tourist Attractions in Antioquia

Natural Reserve Río Claro

One of the most exotic destinations you can visit if you stay at a hotel in Doradal during your vacation is the Rio Claro Natural Reserve. This incredible place offers nature lovers a space to relax amidst Colombia’s most diverse flora and fauna.

The Rio Claro Natural Reserve was established in 1970 with the primary objective of conserving the forests that grow on the limestone of the Rio Claro Canyon.

If it’s already among the destinations you’ve chosen for a unique vacation with your family, partner, or friends, we will tell you everything you need to know about this tourist attraction that you can enjoy up close if you stay at our hotel in Rio Claro.

How to Get to the Rio Claro Natural Reserve?

This 500-hectare paradise is located in Antioquia, in the region known as the middle basin of the Magdalena River, and it is a primary focus for those who are touring Medellín and its surrounding areas.

It shares its boundaries between the municipalities of San Luis, Puerto Triunfo, and Sonsón. The journey takes approximately 6 hours from Bogotá and 3 hours from Medellín. If you live in either of these cities, it is an unmissable destination and an unforgettable experience.

If you are from Medellín, you will need to go to Terminal Norte and take a bus that goes towards Samaná; the place is just after crossing the suspension bridge over the Samaná River.

On the other hand, if you are coming from Bogotá, you should take the bus from Terminal Salitre on the route that will take you to Doradal, Antioquia; it will only take you 20 minutes to reach the reserve once you are there.

However, if you stay at Hotel El Río, you will be able to enjoy an exotic part of this natural reserve that runs at the feet of our luxurious amenities.

The Lush Nature Offered by Rio Claro Natural Reserve


The First and Most Captivating Thing You’ll Notice Upon Arrival is the Characteristic Vegetation of Tropical Rainforests and Its Wide Diversity of Animal Species, ranging from birds to pumas and wildcats, making it a Natural Environment to Take a Break from the Bustling Cities.

All the Activities You Can Enjoy at Rio Claro Natural Reserve

Your trip to the reserve wouldn’t be complete without enjoying the activities it has to offer. We’ll provide you with a list of some of them so that when you’re touring Antioquia, you can fully explore this destination.


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For Water Lovers: The Marble Beach

This is one of the favorite activities of those who visit the reserve. It owes its name to the impressive marble bedrock that forms part of the riverbed and riverbank.

The rock has been polished by the river’s action over the years, creating a natural, refreshing pool; perfect for the whole family.

A Visit to the Temple of Time

To reach the Temple of Time, you must embark on a 20-minute hike along the trail from the small central square of the reserve.

At the end of the journey, you will encounter a fossilized cave that has been shaped by thousands of years. Here, you can touch the eroded rock and perceive the various forms created by water over time.

Exploring the ‘Las Dantas’ Caves

They are composed of several rivers, waterfalls, and different types of rocks, especially marble. This is a perfect tour to cool off and have a great time with the family. The recommended age for children is 8 years and older, and it is one of the most suitable activities for large groups of tourists.

Are You Ready for a Camping Adventure? Camp at the Reserve

Another Exciting Option for First-timers or Camping Enthusiasts: Camping in the Spectacular Natural Reserve. It provides a safe and enjoyable space for barbecues and bonfires.

You can bond with your family and be in close contact with nature.

However, if you want to experience the best of the reserve in the open air, surrounded by luxury and excellent service, undoubtedly, you should stay at an affordable hotel in Doradal, such as Hotel El Rio, and enjoy this experience without sacrificing luxury and comfort.

Other Activities to Include in Your List


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If you’ve already visited these places in Río Claro, Colombia, or if you’re more into outdoor sports and prefer adventure, then here are some other activities you can enjoy while touring Medellín.

  • Rafting through the river rapids: This activity lasts for 2 hours and is suitable for ages 7 and up. At Hotel El Rio, we offer tourists the best experience, equipment, and packages to fully enjoy this thrilling activity.
  • Via Ferrata: Experience vertical climbing along the walls of the Rio Claro Canyon. The mechanism is pre-installed for a safe journey. Please note that the minimum age for this activity is 18.
  • Canopy: Enjoy approximately 40 minutes of zip-lining across the river. There are 3 different routes to choose from. The minimum age for this activity is 7. If you stay at our hotel in Rio Claro, we can organize everything for you and provide you with the best options in the area for this exciting sport.

Undoubtedly, this magical destination in Antioquia offers some of the most revitalizing tourist activities in Medellín and is filled with breathtaking views that delight anyone planning a trip to this reserve.

The abundance of activities and the astonishing variety of flora and fauna that inhabit Río Claro, Colombia, make it an unforgettable experience.

Therefore, if you’re considering staying at a hotel in Río Claro, the best option to enjoy the splendor of this tourist destination is Hotel El Río.

It offers an exclusive section of this natural reserve within its facilities, along with a luxurious menu and top-notch service at the best price for those who want to experience the most exotic aspects of Doradal’s heart.

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