Welcome to Río Claro


Bring a swimsuit, towel and flashlight. On weekends the reserve is often full of Colombian high-school students – you may prefer to come during the week. If staying overnight, don't even think of showing up without an accommodation reservation – you won't get in.

The reserve is 24km west of Doradal, where you will find a couple of budget hotels and internet cafes near the main plaza, as well as ATMs.


Top experiences in Río Claro

Travel guides

Starting at $35.09

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Río Claro activities

$1470 Tours & Sightseeing

Pantanal Sustainable (5 days - 4 nights)

Day 1: From Cuiabá to Piuval InnAirport pick-up in Cuiabá airport and transfer to Pantanal, passing through its portal, the city of Poconé and entering the Transpantaneira Highway to the first destination Piuval Inn. Check in at the hotel with brief presentation of the place and a walking tour around the Inn. Dinner and free night. Meals included: Dinner Day 2: Alligators, birds and animals  We will start the day at dawn, taking the Transpantaneira Road, stop to see the alligators on the Tordas bridge and return to the Inn. After breakfast, we will go for a hike on the ecological trail in Capão do Macaco. There we'll stop at the observation tower with 20 meters height, where it is possible to see several local birds and animals. Return to the Inn for lunch, take a brief rest and in the afternoon, jump into the boat trip in the largest natural bay of the region. Return to the Inn, dinner and free night. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 3: Horse riding and Boat tourAfter breakfast, we will go horse riding in the open fields of the Inn to observe mammals and birds of the region. We will return to the Inn to do the check out. We'll get the Transpantaneira Highway, towards our second destination, the Pousada Rio Claro. Check-in and brief recognition of the area, then lunch will be served. After the rest, in the afternoon, we will make the traditional boat tour, crossing the curves of Rio Claro river, with the possibility of sighting birds, alligators, giant otters and a beautiful sunset on the farm. Return to the inn for dinner and free night. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 4 - The marvelous fauna and flora of PantanalAfter breakfast, at 5:30am, we go for an ecological hike where we will contemplate the fauna and flora of Pantanal. Return to the Inn horse riding. After lunch and rest, time for afternoon departure for the Safari on Transpantaneira highway, with the possibility of seeing birds and animals of the region. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Day 5 - Sunrise and return to CuiabáAfter breakfast, we will do kayak at dawn through the Rio Claro river to contemplate the sunrise. Return to the Inn and the rest of the day is free. After lunch, we will do the check out and go back to the city of Poconé, stopping at local handicraft shops, and then go back to Cuiabá airport. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

$125 Tours & Sightseeing

Rio Claro Tour by Motorbike from Medellin

Located around 94 miles southeast of Medellín, the reserve sits atop the primitive remains of a coral reef; a marble canyon with crystal clear water meandering through, offering deep caverns, stalactites and stalagmites hidden within.For nature enthusiasts, the Rio Claro reserve is an absolute must. Spy wild monkeys from your jungle cabin. Spot parrots, herons and an abundance of Colombia’s indigenous bird population singing sweetly in the trees. Tropical fish can be found in the sparkling river below and plenty of curious insects appear by nightfall. The eco-reserve boasts a range of activities suitable for all ages and abilities. Choose from kayaking, caving and river tubing, zip lining, or simply take a dip in the crystal clear water and bask in the sunshine. Depending on your party size choose from luxury cabins that open out into the jungle, or for larger groups there are chalet and camping options. It probably goes without saying that Rio Claro has limited wifi and phone reception, so it’s a great opportunity to go off grid!tinerary:Leave Medellin in your rearview as we set off southbound out of the city. The countryside welcomes you with sweeping vistas across the valley as we pass.We’ll stop off en route for plenty of photo opportunities as we wind our way out through the valley.Arriving at Rio Claro, we’ll make our way through the forested entrance to a secure parking ground and the main hub of this stunning eco-lodge to check in.Welcome to the jungle! In the main building alongside reception, you can find the onsite restaurant where serve simple, but tasty, Colombian dishes are served.Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. With plentiful walks, head upstream to explore the exotic flora and fauna, or kick your shoes off and relax in the refreshing natural pools or venture off-site on extra activities, lounge around the lazy river or explore the surrounding jungle on foot in search of monkeys!Your time will be yours to spend as you wish on day 2 and 3. Meals are served within 2 hour time slots, three times a day. There’s no other food available on the site, so it is advised not to miss a meal!We will ride back from Rio Claro in the late afternoon, returning to Medellin by evening and maybe even catch a dazzling sunset on our way.