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Rio Claro Valley

#25 of 177 things to do in Medellin Features Animals
Medellin, Colombia
+57 4 2688855
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Great outdoor experience, not so great service.

It was easy to get here from the terminal Norte, Medellin. We took Transoriente bus and specificly... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Quebec City, Canada
Amazing Night in the Cañon Rio Claro, but bad staff

I loved my stay at the beautiful rooms in Rio Claro! probably have never slept that close to such a... read more

Reviewed 29 March 2017
Samira M
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“el refugio” (16 reviews)
“cave tour” (8 reviews)
Medellin, Colombia
+57 4 2688855
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was easy to get here from the terminal Norte, Medellin. We took Transoriente bus and specificly told the driver that we wanted to be dropped off at Rio Claro. The ride itself was about 4 hours and we paid about 8 USD per person....More

Thank lostgeckos
Reviewed 29 March 2017

I loved my stay at the beautiful rooms in Rio Claro! probably have never slept that close to such a dense junge full of noise and animal sounds... really fascinating! The room hat moskito nets, so there was no problem with insects. Anyway, this is...More

1  Thank Samira M
Reviewed 26 March 2017

we stayed two nights in the Refugio, last building. We loved our room with the open 'window'/ 'veranda'. Would have loved to see some monkeys but alas - none. You can close the 'curtains'. halfway the room and there is a good mosquito net. I'm...More

Thank meacrea
Reviewed 6 March 2017

A lot of activities with water and swimming and caveing.... directly inside the nature! terrific!! And the accomodation is wonderful quit!!! with a beautiful view into the wilderness....

Thank Ralf S
Reviewed 3 March 2017

A beautiful ecological area surrounding the Rio Claro allowing walking, caving, kayaking, rafting or just relaxing by the river. There is also a zip slide down the valley but it wasnt in operation the day we visitted. Refreshments available from the restaurant/bar situated at the...More

Thank Chris G
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Rio Claro is a legitimate 3.5 hour drive from MDE. The road is OK but very winding and laced with fast and sometimes slow semi-truck traffic. It is not a relaxing drive. Awesome rafting with 5y/o son, Jorge the raft captain was a gentleman and...More

Thank RPDiario
Reviewed 17 February 2017

This is a great place for birds, if you can put up with the accommodations. Our birding tour spent two nights here. The bird list is substantial, including many endemic species, and there is currently an active Oilbird cave. As the restaurant is open on...More

1  Thank Alan B
Reviewed 14 February 2017

If you feel adventurous and love nature this is a good option. There are eco-cabins that are simple but comfortable, which are immerse in the forest surrounding river Rio Claro. It is required certain level of fitness depending on the activities you choose. It is...More

Thank Ramses C
Reviewed 10 February 2017

Stayed in an open-air room overlooking the river and was able to watch monkeys and Iguanas from the balcony. Truely amazing feeling to have marble canyon walls towering over you. Avoid going on the weekends as its much more peaceful and relaxing mid-week. I had...More

Thank Brennan S
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

I stayed here 3 nights and should have left immediately. I had to argue with them to get help with my bags. A 1.2 Km walk to my room which was dirty. The staff could care less about attending to you. Everything was an arguement....More

2  Thank John E
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I am flying into Medellin airport and trying to get to Rio Claro. The Rio Claro staff said there was a shuttle from El Poblado, but that is an hour taxi ride from the airport to El Poblado, and then it's another 3 hours going back in the direction of the airport to Rio Claro. I'm considering Uber from the airport. Has anybody done this? Or how do you hire drivers from the airport?
6 February 2017|
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Response from Mauishearer | Reviewed this property |
It's quite a long distance between the two destinations, I choose a private tour company and it was wonderful as I did the river and cave tour
Eric B
I understand it is a ~1 km walk to the hotel from the road. Is it paved? Will my rolling suitcase work, or will I need a backpack?
16 November 2016|
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Response from foxontherox | Reviewed this property |
we had backpacks. rolling suitcases could work but would be a pain!
Do all rooms have mosquito nets? From reading the reviews, one person mentioned they did, while another said they had bugs landing on them while in bed so I assume they didn't. Any info appreciated.
10 September 2016|
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Response from Cesar O | Reviewed this property |
Depending on the room you get, we stay here twice and the rooms on the main houses have no nets but the rooms on the " Cabanas el Refugio" do have nets and they work perfectly because there are no walls or windows on this... More