Be one of the first
Guided Packrafting & Kayaking Expeditions in the Colombian Amazon
In 2023, we began working with a local tour operator and local indigenous groups in the Colombia Amazon to craft packrafting trips with an emphasis on Indigenous community engagement and exploration of untouched rivers. The trips do not require any previous paddling experience, only a desire to explore and interact.
At this point, all trips are per private request only. Join our newsletter (footer of webpage) to stay tuned for group departures. Late 2024 or early 2025, we will be launching a unique trip that requires trekking for 2 days into the Amazon with packrafts and floating out for 4 days- the first trip of its kind.
Our flagship Amazon packrafting trip in Colombia, below, runs all year. Contact us using the form at the bottom of this page for more information and to book.
The Amazon | Cerros de Mavecure by Wooden Canoe or Packraft | 7-11 Days
Paddle a traditional wooden canoe or a packraft to one of the most isolated places in Colombia: the Mavecure Hills. Belonging to the Guiana shield, these 800 meter high domes rise from within the wild Amazon, along Rio Inírida, and are some of the oldest geological formations on Earth. This is not a whitewater trip, but does require basic paddling skills & training, especially for a journey by canoe.
While it’s possible to arrive by small motorboats, we choose to make the journey in one of two ways:
Entirely by dugout canoe: both up and down river, for an incredible journey in the same manner in which the local Indigenous communities have traveled the river for thousands of years.
By motorboat and packraft: traveling upstream to the Mavecure hills by motorboat and returning downstream by inflatable ultra-lite kayaks for a shorter overall journey.
WILD & UNIQUE: Experience an expedition like no other- we are the only provider of tours to Mavecure by canoe or packraft.
LOCAL: Indigenous guides provide necessary wayfinding and expertise during the tour for an interactive and educational experience. This is the only way to visit such a remote area and helps support local communities.
SWIM: With opportunities nearly every day for swimming in rivers that range in colors from bright orange to emerald green, this the perfect trip for water lovers.
SLEEP UNDER STARS: Depending on seasonal water levels, spend your nights camping on pristine river beaches or in nearby Indigenous communities.
DINE: Indigenous cooks prepare hyper-local camp grub in traditional methods (while canoeing!)
EXPLORE & DISCONNECT: Besides miles of wild paddling, activities include: climbing one of the Mavecure summits, swimming in spectacular rivers, fishing, & partaking in Indigenous rights and rituals
What to Expect:
Our trips to the Colombia Amazon are highly specialized, unique, and require intensive coordination and logistics as we work with numerous local Indigenous groups and local authorities. Colombia has a reputation for being an inexpensive destination, and while we do our best to make our trips as affordable as possible, we also value the work that everyone involved gives to make these trips happen. These are the tours of a lifetime.
Our trips are all-inclusive from touchdown at El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá to take-off back to your home destination so that you can have a safe, worry-free experience. Our guides are professional and love what they do. We are committed to keeping as much money in Colombia as possible, and for that reason we use only locally-owned, boutique accommodations. We aim to be an economic contributor and facilitator of perspective sharing.
Lodging on our Amazon packraft trips is a mix between camping in tents or in Indigenous communities and the best possible hotels or lodges along the way. Oftentimes there are limited options.
I must quickly say something about the food on our Amazon tours, given Go Wild's commitment to amazing meals on our guided trips in Oregon. Tourism is very new to this area, to the point that our partner organization in Colombia has helped teach local groups how to prepare more diverse meals. For the expedition portion of this trip expect basic meals- cereals, eggs, pastas, and lots of fish- nothing fancy.
These are trips for inquisitive, adventurous travelers who want to share in the perspectives, fun, and magic that comes with exploring the Amazon. Please don't hesitate to write or call with hesitations or questions.
Request & Book
Start the adventure! Fill out the form below and Dan will respond with your desired information. Call to book.
The Fine Print:
$500/p deposit due at time of booking. Due to the nature of our business with limited dates, trip sizes and commitments of guides, this is non-refundable. The deposit may however, be transferred to a future Go Wild trip if the cancellation is made 90 day prior to tour departure.
Final payment due prior to departure by check, cash, or Venmo. Cancellations within 30 days will be charged the entire balance unless you or us can fill the spot at full price.
Weather & Water Levels: All tours operate rain or shine. In case of extreme or dangerous conditions, tours are refunded in full. For packrafting trips, we monitor levels leading up to a trip. Be prepared for contingency plans, but we'll chat about these during the booking process.
Insurance: We require you to purchase travel insurance prior to your packrafting trip. There are numerous agencies out there. Find one that works for you. A good example is Ripcord which covers trip cancellation, interruption, backcountry evacuations and more.
For group trips, Go Wild has the right to cancel any trip that does not meet our 6 guest minimum; confirmations will be made 90 days prior to the start of the tour.
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