My first 3 times in Guatape, I didn’t go to San Rafael. How silly I was!
I’ve to admit that the town isn’t lovely. However, the atmosphere is 100% authentic. There are noises, music, cheap restaurants, drunk cowboys on Sunday. It’s loads of fun. There is a Spanish School there. It’s the right spot for learning a new language. 😉
Rivers are what I like the most when going to San Rafael. The water is cristal-clear, and some of the natural pools like Las Tangas or Trocadera are super close!
And, if you want to add some adrenaline to your Colombia itinerary, Eco Guias organizes tubing and canyoning excursions. We loved it!
San Rafael is a short 45 min bus drive from Guatape.
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There are only a few accommodation options in San Rafael. You can pick a basic hotel near the main square, but it will be a bit loud at night. We recommend staying in the Spanish School instead. The streets are up and down, but you can ask for a tuk-tuk. There is also a peaceful and beautiful ecolodge outside of San Rafael.
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San Rafael is surrounded by beautiful crystal-clear rivers accessible by foot or tuk-tuk. It's also an excellent spot for canyoning and tubing!
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