Cano Cristales, La Macarena

Called the "liquid rainbow" river, Cano Cristales draws people from all around with its clear waters and vibrant colors. Various minerals on the bottom of the river cause it to turn green, yellow, brown, black, and especially red. Most travelers embark on a four-day walking tour along the river, which passes multiple waterfalls. You can also go for a single-day tour from Macarena. Test the waters and don your aqua shoes before jumping in, as the river varies a lot in depth and the bottom is rocky. Make Cano Cristales part of your personalized La Macarena itinerary using our La Macarena driving holiday planner .
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  • Caño cristales is one of the best destinations I have visited in life, the purity of its waters, so majestic plant colors, the diversity of its ecosystems and the perfect combination of colors and river stones, make this an experience that e n sometimes can even be indescribable. What most caught my attention in this tourist destination, was the kind of tourism that handle, known as community-based tourism. From the arrival at the airport of this beautiful place people make you feel one at home, happy to be in this magical place and above all with the certainty that what lies ahead is wonderful. It's great that the guides in one way or another are custom, is more comfortable for one as a tourist a small group. Each of the young people who attend one, shows the experience, the knowledge and the love for their land... Immensely thankful with this place that gave me a bit of its magic, filled my life with good vibes and it gave me the opportunity to learn about the pink river dolphin. Caño Cristales thanks and see you soon, because it is certainly one of the destinations that I want...
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  • It is a magical, really fascinating site, there are no words to describe the magic of this site. The town is not very interesting, but the excursion to Caño Cristales is beautiful
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  • I spent 3 days and 2 nights in La Macarena booking my trip through the agency CRISALES AVENTURA TOUR. I flew in with a chessna from Villavicencio and spent the first day with my guide Sergio on his mo...  more »
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  • A beautiful creation of the nature. It's a colorful river due to the water plants blooming along some parts of the river during half of the year. The beauty laid on the level of water and impact of sun over the flowers giving its red color. So check the conditions before booking. Once there (In La Macarena) you have different hikes to the different parts of the river lasting from 5 to 10 Km aprox. Definitely it's a great experience and the tourism is becoming the development engine of this isolated region of Colombia. I'll be back to explore the beautiful surroundings such as San José del Guaviare.
  • Is there a way to give 10 stars to this magical place? So beautify!!! Mother nature really overdid it here. Fantastic place to hike and explore.
  • An detonation of natural color known as "the river that ran away from paradise." ... A exclusive biological admiration, Caño Cristales has been referred as the “river of five colors,” “the river that ran away from paradise,” and “the most pretty river in the world.
  • One of a kind! Visited on 26 October 2016. Unfortunately, it haven't rained for 10 days so the river and land was very dry which caused not enough water for the Macarena Clavigera to float and to show its true beauty, most of them are all dried up on the rocks so make sure you check the weather before going. To fully enjoy the experience I will suggest to spend minimum 2 full days/2 nights there! I chose the 2 days/1 night tour which was way to short as the first day you don't actually visit the park, only on day two you do and which you need a full day there! It gets VERY hot and burning under the sun so make sure you are well equipped with long sleeves clothing, hat and face shield from the sun. You are not allowed to use any sort of sunscreen (to avoid contamination to the river). If you don't speak Spanish, make sure to ask your operator to arrange one for you. It was truly so beautiful, a must when visiting Colombia!
  • If you want to see something unique in the world and have a different travel experience this is a good place to do so. I hope we don't destroy it.
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