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Magdalena River

Explore Colombia on a colorful journey along the Magdalena River. Flowing from south to north for about 950 miles, it is Colombia’s main river and the largest river system of the northern Andes.

This enchanting waterway reveals striking landscapes, historic treasures and vibrant cultures. You’ll see countryside villages, bustling markets and diverse cities that have developed along the river over centuries. Some Magdalena itineraries combine a cruise with one or more hotel stays.

Sailings on the Magdalena River often travel between Cartagena and Barranquilla. In Cartagena, see iconic landmarks like the Cathedral de Cartagena, San Felipe Castle and the city’s imposing stone walls that were built to keep plundering pirates out in the 17th century. The Magdalena meets the Caribbean Sea in Barranquilla, a thriving city home to notable musicians, writers and artists.

See the floating village of Nueva Venecia, featuring quaint houses and a flora and fauna sanctuary, and visit the remote island town of Mompox, famous for its colonial architecture and filigree jewelry. Discover native wildlife in Magangue, hike through picturesque Cienega or learn about Palenque’s rich musical heritage.

You'll gain a deeper appreciation of Colombia’s history and people as guides in each destination share their knowledge and point out significant sights. These vacations are easy to budget, too, as accommodations, many meals and beverages, and guided touring are covered in the upfront price.

Limited-Time Offers on Magdalena River Cruises!
  • AmaWaterways: Save up to $500 per couple on river cruises. Prices shown reflect discount. Click here.
Offers are subject to change or withdrawal at any time. Some discounts are not combinable with other promotions.