TLDR? San Rafael is one of Antioquia’s small towns with plenty of things for you to do.
If you’re planning a trip traveling through the small towns of Colombia, consider checking out the villages of Antioquia, outside the city of Medellin.
The village of San Rafael is a great place to start! Located two hours from Medellin, San Rafael is known for its outdoor activities and connection to the natural world.
Read ahead to find out the top things to do in San Rafael!
Reserva Natural Zafra
The Reserva Natural Zafra is a natural reserve located 6km (about 3 miles) from the main town of San Rafael. Here you’ll find the perfect place to take a break from society and coexist with nature in a healthy, harmonic way.
The reserve describes itself as “a place stimulating your inspiration,” and its goal is for guests to learn the value of every living thing by interacting with the forest and how each decision we make affects our surroundings.
At the Reserva Natural Zafra, you can rest, relax, and enjoy different unique outdoor locations. You’ll also enjoy the delicious menu at the reserve’s restaurant as part of this immersive adventure.
Add the Reserva Natural Zafra to your travel itinerary if you’re looking to make a connection with yourself through a connection with nature!
From tubing to canyoning to long hikes through the forest, there are a ton of activities for travellers in San Rafeal looking to experience the beauty of the area’s abundant water sources and diverse ecosystem. Let’s take a look at some of the top outdoor adventures.
Tubing Río Arenal
This challenging activities is great for all the adrenaline junkies out there, but make sure to always tube with a trained guide supervising so you can focus on the experience while feeling safe.
Canyoning Rio Guatapé
If tubing wasn’t challenging enough for you, give canyoning a shot! You’ll travel through the canyons surrounding the river by climbing, jumping, and even swimming in some areas.
Trekking Cerro Popalito
You’ll want to be in good physical condition before attempting this ten mile walk through Cerro Popalito, but the gorgeous trail will have you wishing it was longer.
As always, make sure you’re aware of your guide’s safety recommendations.
Biking & Tubing
There are lots of combined tours that take you biking through mountainous regions before riding down a river in an inner tube. It’s a great way to really get your adrenaline pumping!
Tour San Rafael
This agency specializes in customizing your trip through Antioquia. Here are some of the activities they provide:
Agroecology: You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the process of honey and sugar production
Meliponiculture: You’ll be able to learn about the importance of bees
These tours provided by Tour San Rafael are an awesome way to explore what San Rafael is all abou.
Cascada Los Simios
The Cascada Los Siminos is one of San Rafael’s lesser explored waterfalls. Located on an untouched landscape in the rural area of Falditas, its flora, fauna, and pure waters make it an unmissable location.
To get to the waterfall, you’ll travel through the tropical forest on an invigorating hike.
The Churimo river gives this place life, and you can also bathe in its naturally occurring pools: the Las Maldivas and the Churimo.
Explore San Rafael, Antioquia for Yourself
Now that we’ve talked about all the amazing outdoor activities San Rafael has to offer, your mission is to choose where to begin! Which of these different experiences and activities sounds the most like you?
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