I am a beginner climber, but I always felt included in the daily plans, and safe wherever we went climbing. I am a yoga teacher, so it was a real treat to start each day with a calming practice up in the yoga house, which looks out over the rocks and the canyon below with a million dollar view. San Gil rafting was also super cool. The guides at Colombia Rafting are very safety conscious.
Vertical Thrills Colombia 2022
World class rock climbing 5 minutes from your bed
Sleep in an eco-lodge suspended from the side of the cliffs
Climb safely away from cities and crowds
Challenge your abilities and learn new techniques at the best three rock climbing destinations in Colombia. Each area boasts unique and memorable accommodations to compliment the awesome rock climbing experience. Come for the climbing and fall in love with the culture. South America Rocks works with the most authentic local tourism companies, owned and operated by climbers, for climbers. The smiles and good vibes are for real. Come feel it for yourself!
Why Take This Tour?
Amazing variety of rock and distinct styles of climbing at three unique climbing areas. La Mojarra climbing resort offers the best mix of chill accommodation and easy access to the rock, which means you can enjoy artisan coffee with delicious breakfast and a warm-up stretch in the yoga house with a million dollar views before heading down to the rocks.
Challenge yourself on the most classic routes in Colombia at Suesca Rocks, birthplace of the Colombian climbing scene
Awesome “rest day” activities in San Gil keep the adrenaline flowing while we rest our climbing muscles. We suggest the Class V Rio Suarez rafting trip or a paragliding flight above the immense Chicamocha Canyon.
Explore the rocks at Suesca, birthplace of Colombian rock climbing. Push your limits on tricky single pitch sport routes, or climb high on a multipitch adventure.
Enjoy traditional lunch and artisan coffee in the authentic town of Abejorral en route to La Pena Taste a variety of regional coffees and notice the subtle differences produced by each unique bean and roast.
Arrive via zip-line to Casa En el Aire Adventure Lodge, built into the side of the rocks.
Private transportation throughout the tour
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- January 8 -January 23, 2022
This trip requires booking with 2 participants to confirm departure.
19+, intermediate and above
Private transportation, all meals and accommodation, certified guide, group climbing equipment, lively tour wrap up party
Alcoholic beverages, snacks, gratuities for guides and support staff, personal climbing equipment
What to bring
- 2 pairs rock climbing shoes in good condition
- belay device
- safety tether
- sporty clothes
- sun hat
- runners or approach shoes
- travel insurance that covers climbing
- Must provide proof of negative Covid Test for entry into Colombia
Number & type of staff for tour
Certified climbing guide, local driver, experience co-ordinator (Will)
Day 1. Meet in Bogota
Day 2. Fly to Bucaramanga, transport to La Mojarra
Day 3,4,5. Climb La Mojarra
Day 6. Climb in the morning, drive to San Gil – Sleep San Gil
Day 7. Class V rafting adventure on the Rio Suarez
Day 8. Pack up and drive to Barichara for a scenic exploration of this cute colonial town. Drive onwards to Suesca. Sleep Suesca.
Day 9,10,11. Climb the classic Suesca Rocks. An optional side trip to hot springs or Macheta Climbing area for the bold and strong climbers in the group!
Day 12. Fly from Bogota to Rio Negro, lunch in the historical town Abejorral, arrive Casa en el Aire
Day 13, 14. Climb La Pena rocks and explore the funky digs at Casa en el Aire!
Day 15. Drive to Medellin, enjoy a colourful tour of Communa 13 in the afternoon, Finish with a lively wrap-up party, Colombia style!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, of course! We are more than happy to accommodate requests for private tours of 2 or more guests.
South America Rocks offers two options in such unfortunate circumstances. A. Full refund, minus deposit. B. Full credit, including deposit towards a future tour.
South America Rocks has made arrangements at a private hospital in Bogota where you will be admitted and receive treatment in accordance with your travel insurance plan.
Good to Know
- Any attempt to speak a little Spanish will go a long way to earning smiles and friendly service to enrich your experience.
- Try to show up in good climbing shape to get the most fun out of each climbing day. Think grip strength training and steep bouldering technique to help you surmount the roofs and overhangs that make rock climbing in Colombia exciting and challenging.
- The climate tends to be cool in the evenings, especially high up in Suesca and Bogota, so pack proper pants and a jacket. Also, rain is common in the late afternoons, that’s why Colombia is so green and lush!
- Buy some Colombian pesos at home before you travel to avoid extra ATM fees, and carry a little US cash as a backup. I strongly recommend carrying multiple credit/debit cards as a backup in case you lose one.
What this trip has in store
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The whole trip was great. The rafting tour in San Gil on the Rio Suarez with Colombia Rafting was wild and exciting and we celebrated with the biggest burgers ever at Gringo Mike’s later that night. I had a great time working with Will on this South America Rocks climbing adventure.
The Colombia tour with South America Rocks was definitely a great experience! Normally organized tours is not my style of traveling so I was hesitant to sign up but I’m so happy I did. The climbing was excellent! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
Having never really done a tour of any kind in the past, I was surprised at how organic everything felt. There was always an opportunity to detour, try new food, check out cultural things, relax, be lazy, etc. but somehow we still achieved all our goals. Having the opportunity to do some pretty hard climbing was great.
I went on a rock climbing adventure to Colombia with Will back in 2016. He researched a bunch of the best rock climbing areas in Colombia and invited me to join and I’m so glad I said yes. I absolutely loved Colombia. Every climbing area is unique and presents a different challenge. And we got lucky that Cocuy National Park was open and we summited a multipitch tower rising out of a glacier at 5000m called El Pulpito del Diablo. What a thrill!
Back in 2015 Will and I worked for the same rafting company in Squamish BC and we decided to take winter jobs rafting in Mendoza, Argentina. When rafting season slowed down we took our savings across the border to Chile for an epic climbing adventure to the massive granite walls of Cochamo. We brought supplies and equipment for 16 days of climbing and exploring the unspoilt Cochamo valley. And we ended up summiting two huge granite peaks, and climbing nearly 100 pitches of world class rock. I’ll never forget that winter I spent rafting and climbing around South America with Will.