For an exhilarating thrill close to the city of Bogotá, try river rafting the Rio Negro. It’s just about an hour drive outside of the city. Don’t fret if you did not rent a car, because most guides will pick you up from your hotel. The package included the transportation to and from the river, an authentic hot Colombian meal, and all the equipment needed for the tour. The short walk to the river happened to be a great experience as well. The jungle surrounds you with sounds of nature, beautiful colors, and just before you know it, our guides treated us to fresh sugarcane they’d found right off the trail. At this point, all of my senses were on overdrive. Reaching the river, we suddenly understood where the Rio Negro or Black River gets its name. The water has a dark grey, or black tint to it. It’s stained from tannins that are naturally released by decaying vegetation. It looks really cool, but I’ve learned the hard way why you shouldn’t wear your favorite white t-shirt while rafting. The rafting itself was a true adventure. The level 3 rapids were no joke, so we truly got what we came for. You may fall into the river once or twice, but that’s all part of the fun. When visiting Bogotá, Colombia make sure you raft the Rio Negro and embrace the adventure!