The 26 kayakers and 19 white-water rafters had the opportunity to explore Antioquia’s last wild river before it is potentially dammed and flooded. The travelers celebrated the river and the life it sustains with dancing in the rapids by day and dancing in the jungle by night. Expedition Colombia attracted a wide range of travelers, from enthusiasts who had never been on a river to world-class athletes who run internationally renowned rivers.
Everyone completed the expedition feeling challenged and accomplished. Astounded by the quality of adventure in this rarely paddled big-water jungle run and impressed by the seventeen kilometers of pool-drop, world-class white-water, travelers signed up to return.
Samana Festival is an innovative example of a sustainable, eco-tourism development for Antioquia. Travelers experienced Colombia’s bio-diverse jungles - including an encounter with a sloth, tasted traditional cuisine from local communities, and made cross-cultural connections with Colombian paddlers. The festival concluded by lodging and dining at Nature Reserve Zafra, a Colombian-owned reforestation project in San Rafael.
"The 26 kayakers and 19 white-water rafters had the opportunity to explore Antioquia’s last wild river before it is potentially dammed and flooded."