If you decide to visit Guatape and San Rafael, you might also consider adding San Carlos. The town doesn’t have anything special to offer, albeit the main square is a pleasant place to hang out.

However, the surroundings offer lots of outdoor activities. Like in San Rafael, there are incredible rivers and waterfalls accessible without a guide like La Viejita, Los patios

In addition to this, you can organize mind-blowing canyoning sessions with Eco-Guias – La Chorerra & Chispero.

We love the loop Guatape + San Rafael + San Carlos.

 

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Where to stay in San Carlos

Like in San Rafael, there are not many accommodation options in San Carlos. The center is loud so I recommend picking a hotel in the outskirt of town.

  • Jireh

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    Jireh

    Basic and recent hotel. Excellent value for money. 10 min from the center. Quiet.
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  • La Cascada

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    La Cascada

    Old house with character. Beautiful surroundings. Near the river and waterfall. Peaceful.
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Things to do in San Carlos

San Carlos is surrounded by beautiful crystal-clear rivers accessible by foot or tuk-tuk. It's also an excellent spot for canyoning and tubing!

  • La viejita

    Rivers

    La viejita

    There is an easy trail of 900 m that starts from Jireh hotel. 2 beautiful waterfalls. Lovely path.
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  • Canyoning

    Extreme sport

    Canyoning

    Eco Guias offers different canyoning routes: La Chorrera, Chispero, La Cascada. Adrenaline.
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    Water Activity

    Tubing

    Go down the river on an inner tube. Depending on the route you pick, it can be raucous. Fun!
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  • San Rafael

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    San Rafael

    San Rafael is another town surrounded by beautiful rivers and waterfalls. 1h bus ride from San Carlos.
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  • P. del Tabor

    Hike

    P. del Tabor

    It's a 2-h hike (1 way) with a stunning view at the top. The guide is not mandatory, but it's not easy to find.
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