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Rio Claro Valley

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Address: Medellin, Colombia
Phone Number: +57 4 2688855

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Rio Claro is an amazing eco reserve to visit. Stay in the El Refugio cabins if you can. It's a wonderful place to relax, swim in the rio, and learn about the jungle. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Charles M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rio Claro is an amazing eco reserve to visit. Stay in the El Refugio cabins if you can. It's a wonderful place to relax, swim in the rio, and learn about the jungle. The Director of the reserve is dedicated to preserving and educating both Colombians and foreigners about the natural environment. There are fun activities as well: ziplines, caving... More 

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I thought taking a 3 hour drive just to get to Rio Claro from Medellin would be too exhausting but if you have the time, please consider visiting the area. We took a private tour with Landventure Tours (best choice ever, I'll review this company shortly). Hiking to and through the cave was amazing, I have travelled to many places... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights. The area is really fantastic. Beautiful nature, so many birds and we even saw otters nearby and ejoyed it very much. The food was great. We stayed in La Maluta cabins. Spacious room but cold water in the bathroom. And why are there no insect screens where the windows are????? Because there is nog... More 

1 Thank MirandaNederland
Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Great place for birding. Stayed two nights. Didn't bother with activities but I did swim in at the beach. Not excellent because no clear management or leadership and it was our first place in Colombia - I lost some binoculars and nobody really helped me. But the location and birds were brilliant!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Great place! to be in a jungle environment without machetes, that's great! I stayed 1 night and did a lot of walking around the best time to walk around and see animals is when night falls. Go from the restaurant to the entrance and search with your torch at the roadside, we saw some great insects and animals!!! Nobody does... More 

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Medellin, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

The bottom of the river is marble, yes, marble. The water is crystal clear and the landscapes are just amazing!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

This place is beautiful. We rented a car and drove from Medellin. It's a long walk if you take public transportation. A few things to remember - PRINT your reservation. We made reservations over the phone. They sent us a confirmation with a price, but I did not print it. When we arrived they asked me how much we were... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

We arrived to Río Claro after around 5 hours of driving. The place is 100 natural, beautifull and peacefull, the service is nice, the rooms are clean and with nice view. The menu is just one for lunch and other 1 dinner but tasty. You can enjoy all the activities and the scenaries in 2 or 3. Just avoid stay... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Incredible views and sights. All the activities were fun and the guides were extremely nice and helpful, they made all the activities fun while teaching you about the conservation area. It's a must of you're in Medellin

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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

I had read about the Río Claro El Refugio Nature Reserve and thought it would be a good place to experience some tropical rainforest while also breaking up the bus trip from Medellin to Bogota. It turned out to be all that and more. In order to make a reservation, I had to telephone someone (I think in Bogota) and... More 

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