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TLDR? The best hike in San Carlos is Cascada la Vieja, and you can go rappelling there too!
Are you a lover of natural waterfalls and hiking? San Carlos is home to one of the most attractive and famous waterfalls for ecotourism in Antioquia!
If you’re looking for a natural and perhaps extreme getaway in Antioquia, Cascada la Vieja is a must-visit!
Get ready to walk in the forest and bathe in one of the best waterfalls just a couple of hours from Medellín! Find out everything you need to know in this guide!
San Carlos is known as Eastern Antioquia’s sweet coast due to its water wealth since it has 76 streams, six rivers, and countless waterfalls.
The town is 70 miles (114km) and approximately three hours from Medellin.
San Carlos’ economy is based on coffee, wood, and ecological tourism.
A curious and relevant fact is that San Carlos is one of the towns that generate a high percentage of hydroelectric energy at a national level, contributing almost 20% to all of Colombia.
It’s also home to Cascada La Vieja, one of the best in the region.
Hiking Cascada La Vieja doesn’t require much effort, training, or experience.
You’ll find delimited and cement paths to walk on solid ground through La Viejita, the route leading to this great waterfall of crystal clear water.
Although the Cascada isn’t large, it slides over rocks creating a small and beautiful pool of natural water.
Since it’s close to the town center, you can take a 30-minute hiking tour to get there or arrive in a 10-minute car drive and descend 200 steps.
On this route, you’ll meet another waterfall called La Cascada, which is ideal for swimming surrounded by mountains and vegetation.
You can also find tourism agencies that offer rappelling and canyoning activities in Cascada La Vieja.
If you like extreme sports, you can finish your bike by descending through the waterfall!
Hiring these tours, you’ll have professional guides to assist you before and during the practice and offer the complete set of equipment.
The first waterfall is 55 feet (17m) tall, and the second is 95 feet (29 m).
For these activities, it’s necessary to have a good physical condition since it requires bodily maneuvers.
Casada la Vieja is a place you can’t miss if you love waterfalls, natural baths, hiking, and extreme sports.
However, San Carlos stands out for having many of these ideal natural spaces for ecotourism.
How about spending a few days in this town and going through several paths with waterfalls and rivers? Here are some other tips for your stay:
This town offers first-hand tourism full of green, natural areas, walks, and waters. That’s why it’s relevant to keep in mind some tips:
San Carlos is undoubtedly a town with many natural riches that generates a positive impact at a national level.
In addition, it offers natural tourism where the main attractions are hiking and visits to rivers, streams, waterfalls, and even canyons. Don’t miss this opportunity!
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