SUMMARY

The Río Verde is a pristine, clear green river that carves through untouched Colombian rainforest.

From Medellin, enjoy a scenic drive to Cocorna, and jump in our 4×4 to reach the edge of the Jungle!

The river is accessed from a steep, jungle canyon and makes for an incredible 2-day multi-sport adventure.

The trip combines hiking with pack-mules, whitewater rafting on thrilling Class IV rapids, and swimming in the warm emerald water as you float downstream.

At night, camp in sheltered hammock and relax on the beach with a glass of wine!

Special birding trips monthly, ask us from more information!

 

Highlights

  • 2 days rafting and trek adventure in pristine rainforest
  • 40 kilometers of world-class whitewater (Class 3+/ 4)
  • Canyon hike to natural swimming pool
  • Camp in sheltered hammocks in the jungle

BOOK THE TRIP

ITINERARY

  • After breakfast, meet your bilingual professional rafting and hiking guide at Calle 8 #43A-89, Medellin at 8 am and drive 2 ½ hours to the town of San Francisco
  • Enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant in the town of San Francisco
  • Start the adventure with a 2 to 3 hour hike down a jungle canyon while mules transport your gear
  • At the river, refresh with a swim and learn about river safety
  • Raft through a pristine rainforest and camp overnight in sheltered hammocks in a jungle camp
  • Raft for ½ a day and take out at Puente Samaná
  • Return to Medellín by 7 p.m. (a 3 hour drive)
  • Extend your trip for a night at a finca in San Francisco and a sugar-cane, panela tour (see Extension Option A)
  • Extend your trip for a night at Río Claro Nature Reserve, a 20 minute drive from Puente Samaná (see Extension Option B)

After breakfast, meet your bilingual professional rafting and hiking guides at calle 8 #43a-89, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia at 8 am and drive 2 ½ hours to the town of San Francisco.

 Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch in the jungle. Start the adventure by hiking down the valley while pack-mules carry the gear. At the river, refresh with a swim in the emerald green water that gives the river it’s name. Learn about river safety with your professional raft guide. Raft through a pristine mountain rainforest. 

Jump off high boulders and explore narrow canyon. Make camp riverside and enjoy a delicious and hearty meal to keep you well fueled for the day ahead. At night fall asleep to the orchestra of the jungle in sheltered hammocks.

We will be camping in a very special place, the confluence of the Rio Verde and Rio Calderas, this is the birth-place of the Rio Samana! 

Wake up with a swim in the river while a fresh breakfast is prepared. Enjoy a beautiful canyon hike up a side creek of the Green River. 

Start rafting from camp, explore secluded beaches and swim in hidden waterfalls. Keep your eyes peeled for tropical animals and exotic birds in one of the most bio-diverse countries in the world. As you continue a ½ day raft trip down river, witness traditional gold mining practices. At the end of the second day, arrive at Puente Samaná, the only road access over the river. Meet our driver here to return to Medellín (3 hours)

Extend your 2-day Río Verde trip by 1 day and 1 night for less travel on Day 1 and a more relaxed first day. On Day 1, start the adventure in San Francisco with a mule ride or hike to visit traditional sugar cane, “panela” farmers. That night, stay overnight in San Francisco at a finca with a pool and comfortable rooms (showers & bathrooms). Enjoy home-cooked meals and a visit with a Colombian family. The next day, start a 2-day river rafting trip on the Río Verde.

Extend your 2-day Río Verde trip by 1 day and 1 night to stay on Day 3 and Day 4 at Finca Zafra. A gorgeous traditional countryside hotel. The following day, enjoy activities such as bird watching, caving, hiking, rafting, and a canopy zip line tour with wonderful local naturalists and adventure guides. (pricing extra)

  • After breakfast, meet your professional driver at 8 a.m. in our Medellin office (calle 8 #43A – 89, Medellín, Poblado)
  • Drive 1.5 hours on the Medellin-Bogota Highway, to Cocorna
  • Join a bilingual guide to take a tandem paragliding flight
  • Drive 20min to reach our rafting base
  • Enjoy lunch by the river
  • Raft over 15 kilometers of class 3-4 river
  • Drive back to Medellin

Meet your driver at 8 am at our office in Medellin (Cra. 43e #11-13, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia). Drive 1.5 hours to the town of Cocorna

Meet your experienced bilingual paraglider pilot. Do a methodical assessment of the weather conditions with your pilot to ensure a safe and enjoyable flight. Once weather conditions are optimal, you will take a short walk to the take-off ramp, located on a sloping hill. Your instructor will ensure the tandem paragliding equipment is properly set up, including helmet and harness. Leg, shoulder and waist straps are connected with safety attachments. A tandem paraglide is built for a single pilot and a passenger and allows a person with no previous experience to fly with an instructor, who controls the paraglide.

Follow instructions for how to run on take-off site, sit comfortably in your harness, and position yourself for landing. An assistant will help you and your tandem pilot take-off and then you will enjoy a 20 minute flight upon the Samana Valley and its waterfalls.

Get back in the van and drive 20 minutes to the Calderas river. Enjoy lunch by the riverside before listening to a safety talk from your bilingual rafting guide. Begin an adventurous descent on thrilling class 3/4 intermediate whitewater, flowing in a pristine valley. Look for wildlife and enjoy the opportunities to swim in the calmer sections.

The last part of the river is the most exciting, with drops up to 1.5 meters and fun waves to hit! Let our expert guides navigate you safely through the rapids before reaching the take out, where the local “tienda” awaits, packed with cold drinks!

Our vans and professional drivers will take you back to Medellin (2 hour drive). Enjoy the stunning landscapes as you drive through the remote valley. 

  • After breakfast, meet your professional driver at 8 a.m. in our Medellin office (calle 8 #43A – 89, Medellín, Poblado)
  • Drive 1.5 hours on the Medellin-Bogota Highway, to Cocorna
  • Join a bilingual guide to take a tandem paragliding flight
  • Drive 20min to reach our rafting base
  • Enjoy lunch by the river
  • Raft over 15 kilometers of class 3-4 river
  • Drive back to Medellin

Meet your driver at 8 am at our office in Medellin (Cra. 43e #11-13, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia). Drive 1.5 hours to the town of Cocorna

Meet your experienced bilingual paraglider pilot. Do a methodical assessment of the weather conditions with your pilot to ensure a safe and enjoyable flight. Once weather conditions are optimal, you will take a short walk to the take-off ramp, located on a sloping hill. Your instructor will ensure the tandem paragliding equipment is properly set up, including helmet and harness. Leg, shoulder and waist straps are connected with safety attachments. A tandem paraglide is built for a single pilot and a passenger and allows a person with no previous experience to fly with an instructor, who controls the paraglide.

Follow instructions for how to run on take-off site, sit comfortably in your harness, and position yourself for landing. An assistant will help you and your tandem pilot take-off and then you will enjoy a 20 minute flight upon the Samana Valley and its waterfalls.

Get back in the van and drive 20 minutes to the Calderas river. Enjoy lunch by the riverside before listening to a safety talk from your bilingual rafting guide. Begin an adventurous descent on thrilling class 3/4 intermediate whitewater, flowing in a pristine valley. Look for wildlife and enjoy the opportunities to swim in the calmer sections.

The last part of the river is the most exciting, with drops up to 1.5 meters and fun waves to hit! Let our expert guides navigate you safely through the rapids before reaching the take out, where the local “tienda” awaits, packed with cold drinks!

Our vans and professional drivers will take you back to Medellin (2 hour drive). Enjoy the stunning landscapes as you drive through the remote valley. 

  • After breakfast, meet your professional driver at 8 a.m. in our Medellin office (calle 8 #43A – 89, Medellín, Poblado)
  • Drive 1.5 hours on the Medellin-Bogota Highway, to Cocorna
  • Join a bilingual guide to take a tandem paragliding flight
  • Drive 20min to reach our rafting base
  • Enjoy lunch by the river
  • Raft over 15 kilometers of class 3-4 river
  • Drive back to Medellin

Meet your driver at 8 am at our office in Medellin (Cra. 43e #11-13, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia). Drive 1.5 hours to the town of Cocorna

Meet your experienced bilingual paraglider pilot. Do a methodical assessment of the weather conditions with your pilot to ensure a safe and enjoyable flight. Once weather conditions are optimal, you will take a short walk to the take-off ramp, located on a sloping hill. Your instructor will ensure the tandem paragliding equipment is properly set up, including helmet and harness. Leg, shoulder and waist straps are connected with safety attachments. A tandem paraglide is built for a single pilot and a passenger and allows a person with no previous experience to fly with an instructor, who controls the paraglide.

Follow instructions for how to run on take-off site, sit comfortably in your harness, and position yourself for landing. An assistant will help you and your tandem pilot take-off and then you will enjoy a 20 minute flight upon the Samana Valley and its waterfalls.

Get back in the van and drive 20 minutes to the Calderas river. Enjoy lunch by the riverside before listening to a safety talk from your bilingual rafting guide. Begin an adventurous descent on thrilling class 3/4 intermediate whitewater, flowing in a pristine valley. Look for wildlife and enjoy the opportunities to swim in the calmer sections.

The last part of the river is the most exciting, with drops up to 1.5 meters and fun waves to hit! Let our expert guides navigate you safely through the rapids before reaching the take out, where the local “tienda” awaits, packed with cold drinks!

Our vans and professional drivers will take you back to Medellin (2 hour drive). Enjoy the stunning landscapes as you drive through the remote valley. 

CHECKLIST

PRICE & RESERVATION

Joined group of 3+

$1'149.000

COP/Each
3 Person Private

$1'469.000

COP/Each
4-5 Person Private

$1'049.000

COP/Each
Group discount 6 person and up

$949.000

COP/Each
Meet us at the river !

$959.000

COP/Each

For larger groups and groups who want to customize the trip, please contact us directly for the price. 100% deposit must be made 3 days before the trip, for last minute payment and reservation request contact Expedition Colombia. All payment must be done through our booking platform, or via a deposit in our Bancolombia bank account.

*All our prices above do not include IVA.

  1. According to the Colombia tax system, foreigners are exempted for the IVA.
  2. For Colombian residents, citizens and foreigners living in Colombia for more than 6 months, 50% of the total IVA will be charged and the other half will be covered by the company.
  3. For companies or agencies, the total IVA will be charged.

No prior rafting experience is needed. Must be 16+ years old and minors need parental consent.

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