The river of five colors: Caño Cristales

COL-53 / 3-day Trip

Nature & Culture of Colombia 1

Caño Cristales,  the “River of Five Colors” is referred to as the most beautiful river in the world due to its striking colors. From the end of July through November, the riverbed is variously colored yellow, green, blue, black, and especially red, the last due to the predomerance of Macarenia clavigera (Podostemaceae) on the bottom of the river.

This trip is a very comfortable way of enjoying this amazing natural wonder. Short hikes on easy paths in a beautiful and varied setting are puncuated by great photo opportunities of the colorful river and swims in natural ponds of crystalline water. After full-on nature experiences during the day, the evenings/night offer the comfort of staying in the charming and picturesque village Macarena – painted in all the colors of the river. Here you will get to meet with the locals, experience an authentic “llanera” concert and perhaps dance the local “Jorobo” with the locals.

If you choose a trip to Caño Cristales, you should be aware that you are supporting a strong local society that truly believes in sustainable tourism. It has managed to turn ecotourism into the main income for more than 300 local families, after many years of war and hardships with the guerillas presence. The area is nowadays totally safe and very well protected by the authorities.

IMPORTANT: There are no flight guarantees from Bogotá on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. We will check availability upon request. The flights to Macarena have a weight restriction of 10 KG check-in luggage and 5 KG hand-luggage per PAX. We recommend to store extra luggage at the hotel.

Due to the strict control of the park authorities, the visits mentioned below are only guidelines. The exact visits and the order will be determined upon arrival to Macarena.

Since May 2016 it is mandatory to have the yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter the park, please make sure to bring it along.


Day 1 Arrival to La Macarena
Day 2 Caño Cristales
Day 3 Departure
Tags: Colombia, Nature & Culture, River, Macarena