- Arrive to the airport at Medellín and drive to “El Armadillo” Guest house.
- Start the kayak course by swift water rescue training, intermediate to advanced paddling techniques, and expedition skills improvement
- Warm up on with day trips and get ready for the multiday expedition
- Embark on multi-day kayak expedition on the Verde and Samaná River
- Enjoy Colombian towns visits and side trip during the week
- Last night celebration & fly out of Medellín
You’ll be received at Medellin’s José María Córdoba International Airport before driving to Expedition Colombia’s headquarters to meet your guide for a pre-trip meeting. Stay overnight in “El Armadillo” guest house, located in the countryside near Cocorná.
From the house, you are just 10 minutes from some of Colombia’s best kayaking!
The rivers of this area all drain into the Samana River, we will paddle on the tributaries to warm up before the expedition.
Start the day by paddling the Río Santo Domingo, which flows for 12 kilometers through a lush jungle valley. This run is the ideal place to become familiarized with paddling in Colombia’s and offer great training grounds.
Return to El Armadillo guest house, and enjoy typical Colombian food.
Rest for the evening and get ready for the upcoming days.
After breakfast, take a short drive to Río Cocorná river. The Cocorná is a low volume creek, and a really fun the boulder garden section, continuous and packed with boofs.
Enjoy this amazing 8 KM section and do laps until you are tired!
Return to the guest house after a few drinks at the local “tienda”.
Today, we will enjoy a medium size river, with a pool drop character. The Upper Calderas is a 12 KM section of class of III and IV with countless rapids and a few min gorges. We will work on scouting and analyzing lines, but also focus on getting more comfortable with bigger size features and hydraulics. It’s very safe as there is always a pool at the bottom of the rapids.
Enjoy lunch on a beach and keep going, the best is at the end!
At the end of the run, return to the guest house or decide to enjoy a side trip to a large waterfall for a relaxing swim!
Today is our last day doing a day trip, then we will head into the depth of the Jungle!
Enter the lower Calderas via a dirt road and get ready for a challenging first few rapids! There is always the option to portage, but the rapids are also manageable. The river is higher volume, and we will use this section to get familiar with big water!
After mid-day, we will reach the confluence with the Rio Verde. Therefor the river become very big! But no stress, the rapids are friendly and mostly made of huge waves.
This is the ideal day to transition from creeks to high volume rivers! Enjoy the pristine scenery while floating down towards the Samana bridge! At the end, get a good adrenaline rush with a few class 4 rapids, which also are a great test to see if you are ready for the upcoming Samana river expedition!
Return to the guest house and get your expedition gear ready!
Since paddling a loaded boat is very different from an empty one, we will take time to learn how to load a kayak properly and go through all the tricks that will make the upcoming multi-day a success!
After breakfast, drive to San Francisco town. Pack all you need for the multiday, and hike for two hours while mules transport your gear. At the river, refresh with a swim and get ready for 8 km of awesome Whitewater!
Before we start receive extensive information about safety and how we will operate as a group into this remote wilderness context.
Paddle on a verdant river surrounded by tropical jungle. Get ready for the best granite bedrock creeking in Antioquia!
The river enters a small gorge and the boofs are many! Right after the gorge, the river opens up, and we will make camp in the jungle.
Visit lagoons, secluded beaches, and waterfalls. Encounter tropical animals and birds. Camping sheltered hammocks and enjoy a meal cooked on the open campfire by the river.
Enjoy breakfast at camp. Start kayaking and enjoy a few more class IV Boulder garden until you get to Rio Verde. After the confluence, the river drops down a notch! The intermediate white-water is exciting, yet manageable, as the major rapids flow into inviting, natural swimmable pools.
It’s also a great time to learn how to adapt your paddling style to big-water, and how you can improve your performance in this style of Whitewater by loading your kayak differently.
At the end of the day, we will pass the Samana Bridge, where we can re-supply. We will camp 500 meters below the bridge on an amazing beach.
The two final days of the trip will lead you to experience the amazing Samaná River, our all-time favorite at Expedition Colombia! Get ready for incredible white-water and mind-blowing scenery!
The rapids are pool drop, and channelized though sculpted walls of White granite! The white-water is made of huge waves and fun moves but never dangerous. In occasions, harder rapids pop up, so we will take our time and scout.
Working as a team we will make our way into one of the most pristine jungle of the regions.
For lunch, we will stop on a beach and relax. Let your guide introduce you to the many endemic plants of the river, and tell you about our fight to save the river from hydroelectric threats.
The afternoon paddle will lead us though 2 of the most famous rapids of the river, “the Wall” and “Pizza Rock”. Celebrate your descent at camp, swimming in a natural pool and sipping on wine and “Jungle Juice”.
Enjoy a hearty meal and fall asleep to the sound of the jungle!
Wake up in the Jungle and get ready for your last day of kayaking! And it’s not the least!
After 2 hours of fun paddling, including the infamous “White Russian” rapid, we will reach the Guatape confluence, where the classic section of the Samana River finishes.
Depending on your skills and feeling at the moment, you can choose to drop into the last gorge (Class 4-5), which is only 5 km, but made of 4 huge rapids, or head down via the road to Narisses, and relax with a cold beer!
Either way, you will have a good time and the team will celebrate a great expedition at the local bar! After lunch, hop in our comfortable 4*4 for a scenic drive though Eastern Antioquia, and reach the guest house by 6 PM. A fest will be waiting for you, and if the energy is there, perhaps a few drinks 😉
Wake up and enjoy breakfast! Relax for the morning and share picture and stories with the guides, before heading to your next destination, with an airport drop-off or a transfer to Medellin.
End of the trip
- Expert bilingual kayak instructor (languages: Spanish, French, English)
- River hydrology and river running technical training, wilderness endurance and expedition training
- Airport pickup and drop-off
- Professional bi-lingual driver for in-country travel
- All accommodations
- Water & all breakfasts & lunches
- Dinners are only included on overnight wilderness trips. Our guides are happy to offer dinner recommendations based on your preference and budget
- Constant communication and recommendations from Expedition Colombia team based in Antioquia.
- Celebrate your adventure with relaxing overnight stays at El Armadillo ecolodge.
PRICE & RESERVATION
Medellin’s Special is open from November to June.
Kayaks and paddling gear are available for rental for $250 USD.
100% deposit must be made 2 weeks 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.
- According to the Colombia tax system, foreigners are exempted for the IVA.
- 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.
- For companies or agencies, the total IVA will be charged.