Magdalena River 7 Day Canoe Tour
Canoe the majestic River Magdalena
7 Days with 5 full days actual paddling
Paddle a distance of 190 kilometers
Enjoy the small towns of Colombia
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This experience is a 7 day canoe trail exploring one of Colombia’s biggest rivers the Magdalena. We will be canoeing a distance of 190 kilometers At the end of each day we shall be relaxing with friends and your new family to discuss the day’s adventures at one of our chosen locations on the banks of the river. Each night we will explore a new town along the river banks and give you the opportunity to see local customs and emerge yourselves into the local culture. Each day we will hope to travel 30km to 63km and each night we will stay in local accommodation.
The days during your tour begin by breakfast then checking your equipment.
But here the similarity ends, as each day is characterized by the route taken and the company of the group.
You will be travelling through the wide expanses of the Magdalena River, often called “Colombia’s first trade route”, with very good chances to see the abundant fauna and wildlife during the day, you will get to enjoy the pure air and a unique tranquility.
There are a number of possible locations for overnight accommodation along the route – the choice of local accommodation used and route followed will vary depending on factors such as weather conditions and water levels and groups distance covered.
Some of the overnight locations have much better facilities. Weather and water conditions will influence the level of challenge and distance covered in a typical day.
After a typical breakfast and packing your bag in the morning and making preparations to leave the accommodation, you will be on the river by around 08:00am, reaching your destination sometime in the early evening.
Accommodation in local hotels at various towns along the route. Drinking water will be advised in each location but is always safe to consume bottled water. Lunch meal will be provided each day. Sleeping accommodation on all nights during the tour is shared rooms. Private rooms can be arranged at an extra cost.
Meals on each day of paddling (lunch, + coffee/snacks, etc whilst on the boat). Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Equipment and Clothing:
All necessary equipment during the canoeing tour will be provided.
Each participant is responsible for their own equipment issued. Waterproof bag for personal items and clothing. (additional items may be available on request – please ask if there is a particular item of clothing or equipment you require)
Instruction in safety aboard boat. Services of local guide.
Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.
See under “Good To Know” > “Getting There” for general travel information.
- Alcoholic drinks.
- Evening Meal (except first night)
- Accommodation not related to the tour
- Medellin to Girardot Day 1
We will depart Medellin at 5am and head off to Girardot where we will settle in for the day and prepare ourselves and the boats ready for the following mornings paddle.
We will also have the chance to explore the town.
- Girardot to Nariño Day 2
We will have breakfast then be on the water for 8am. We will paddle from Girardot to a small town called Nariño. Just a small paddle to get rid of the cobwebs and get us accustomed to the longer days ahead of paddling!
We will cover a distance of 30 kilometers. Here we will settle in for the night.
- Narino to Ambalema. Day 3
Today will be the first of our long paddlers with us hoping to complete a distance of 59 kilometers.
We will be on the water for 8am and hope to arrive in the small town of Ambalema for 5pm where we will relax for the night.
- Ambalema to Honda Day 4
This is the longest stretch of our journey covering a distance of 63km. We will finish this phase at Honda which is full of history.
We shall be staying at a lovely little hotel and you can relax in the pool or go explore the town.
- Honda to Dorada Day 5
We will set off after our breakfast to the town of Dorada and this stretch we will cover a distance 35km.
This will be a short trip and give us a chance to relax even more than normal. In Dorada you can go explore and we shall go eat at a great location.
- Dorada to Puerto Triunfo Day 6
After breakfast we shall head off on the final leg of this great journey towards the town of Puerto Triunfo. A distance of 53km. One here we can relax and pack up and move off to our hotel for the night.
We shall grab an evening meal together and reflect over the weeks paddle and the fond memories experienced.
- Puerto Triunfo to Medellin Day 7
After our breakfast we will ensure we have packed all our belongings and then head off back to Medellin.
One in Medellin you are free to explore or we can take you directly to the airport if you have onward flights.
Your final day we shall have a leisurely breakfast and reflect on the journey undertaken and then pack all the equipment and make our way back to Medellin or Bogota.
It is estimated to paddle for 5 days in total. Each day we hope to be on the river for approximately 7 hours in total.
After breakfast, we shall pack up and depart back to our start location of either Medellin or Bogota.
Please note that the above is a preliminary itinerary and may vary due to factors such as weather conditions, seasonal changes and local activities.
During periods of potential bad weather, for comfort and safety the canoeing duration each day may be shortened.
Unless pre-arranged your accommodation will be in Provenza just above the famous Parque Lleras. All other hotels we use could be subject to change depending on how the group perform ie do we cover the distances proposed.
Some of the hotels will have swimming pools and air conditioning.
You should have a general level of fitness and enjoy the outdoors. You should also be comfortable living in close proximity with others. Minimum age 10.
A basic understanding of Canoeing is required due to the river. Magdalena river fishing can be physically demanding. You must be able to swim a minimum distance of 10 meters and be able to assist in helping in case of a man overboard.
Yellow Fever vaccination is required. To visit nature parks or wilderness areas other vaccines, such as tetanus and hepatitis A and B are also recommended.
Medical conditions need to be disclosed to the tour leader
All medications need to be taken with you in case of emergencies.
A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation. NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.
A basic suggested list.
- Sun Screen
- Mosquito Repellant
- Long Sleeve shirt
- Full length walking / Quick dry trousers
- Comfortable footwear
- Camera (waterproofed)
- Dry bag
- Water bottle or camel pack
- Light gloves for paddling, fish handling
- Swimming costume
Remember all personal equipment needs to fit into your dry bag.
A minimum of 2 persons is required for scheduled River trips to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveler.
Groups of four or more booking at the same time will receive a 10% discount
Detailed information on travel options for this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.
Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your space is reserved before making any travel arrangements.
There are regular bus trips between cities however it is advised to fly. Approx time between Medellin & Bogota is 8 hours.
Medellin to Girardot is approximately 8 hours
Bogota to Girardot is approximately 5 hours