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WhitewaterRafting on the Magdalena - Rafting San Agustín - Colombia

As Colombia’s greatest river, the Magdalena winds 1540 kilometers (924 miles) through an estrecho (narrow) and boils through many canyons before eventually winding up in the Caribbean Sea. You can begin this sojourn with the río, riding on class-II to IV white waters. The most popular course is an 11-kilometer (6.6-mile) run through class II and III rapids, suitable for the whole family. Another route features 30 torrents within 28 kilometers (17 miles). The roughest adventure, for experienced sojourners only, is a 20-kilometer (12-mile) sprint through a canyon, with class III and IV rapids. Two- and three-day excursions can also be arranged. Aptly, the indigenous name for the Magdalena is Guacaayo, meaning River of Tombs.

San Agustín, Colombia


Getting There

Contact one of the local tour operators to set up your rafting adventure.

Travel Tips:

Most operators require a minimum age of 12 years and an ability to swim. Make sure the tour operator provides you with proper safety equipment that is in good condition. A wet suit is necessary, as the water of the Magdalena is quite frigid.

Relative price: Mid-Range

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

Good footwear (not flip-flops), sun block.

The Parque Arqueológico and numerous additional ancient sites, as well as lagoons, waterfalls, caves and other natural wonders.

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

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