These three little words follow you wherever you go in el Canon del Rio Claro situated west north west of Bogota, Colombia. Its owner intent on ensuring that the natural environment is kept as pristine as possible. But in its own way, this place unknowingly leaves traces of serenity and beauty in your heart and soul.
A mere 5 hour drive from Bogota, traversing the undulating terrain and beauty of the Central range of the Colombian Andes, el Canon del Rio Claro is tucked away in Antiquoia. As you enter you are immediately transported to what can only be described as a place of peace and quiet. As you drive alongside the rambling river of Rio Claro to the reception area, you are surrounded by natural forest and can see small waterfalls, and hear the chirping of birds along the way.
The buildings are tucked away in the forest and made of natural materials. Your connection to the outside world is limited, there are few ‘new world’ amenities but you willingly forego what you consider to be ‘must haves’ in your modern world and embrace the simplicity of life as you truly have all you need to relax in these surroundings.
Our day was magical, exploring the Rio Claro from many different angles. It began with a short but invigorating run along the river, the trail carrying you through stone paths, across wooden bridges, alongside huge rock formations and down onto small beaches beckoning you take a quick dip in the flowing waters of the Rio Claro.
Then we literally zipped across the river through the canopy of the forest surrounding the river enjoying the expansive overhead view of the terrain wishing that we could do it again and again. Ending with a quiet but exciting rafting on the river itself, jossling over the rapids, cruising under the waterfalls, and of course taking a quick swim in refreshing water.
This place is used as a weekend retreat for the locals, visited by many young Colombians who want to enjoy the daily activities as well as bird watchers from around the world who want to get a firsthand view of what the forest has to offer in a more intimate manner.
We did manage to leave some traces in Rio Claro, our worries and pieces of our heart.