Trip Planner:   South America  /  Colombia  /  Meta Department  /  La Macarena  /  Nature  /  Cano Cristales
Cano Cristales, La Macarena
(4.8/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Cano Cristales and other La Macarena attractions using our handy La Macarena vacation planner.
Create a full La Macarena itinerary
map

Plan your trip to La Macarena

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Great trip! Long walks but relatively easy and definitely worthwhile. The views are amazing and the people incredible. Punto Verde hotel is basic, as expected, but very comfortable and the staff very ...  more »
  • Caño Cristales is spectacular! A place to care, safe, clean, with very good guides and expert tour operators. I loved it.
    View original
  • Rivers in the red, green and yellow especially plants. Landscape breathtaking. Three days and two nights. That's enough. Departure by plane to Bogota with 1 hour of direct charter flight. Somewhat lengthy formalities in Bogotá and La Macarena, where we keep ask you your references and remember the environmental guidelines (after 5 times, that's enough!). After filing of the luggage at the hotel (there are approx suitable 4 2 stars to the Macarena), begins a 1/2 day of walking and original and unique discoveries. The next day, visit on a day with natural pools and small waterfalls with the water at approx 28 degrees. The 3rd day, new ride more short tjrs also exotic. Return for lunch in town and flight aircraft. The 19-seat aircraft was not air-conditioned (36 degrees!) and we have suffered 20 minutes in losing each one litre of sweat. Average temperature: 30 wet day, 25 per night. Sites to visit from mid-May to end of nov maximum to have enough water in rivers. One-off transfers in a pirogue (we see caimans, turtles and even freshwater dolphins. Must be physically fit for walks and bear large analyze, even if it is rewarded with a fabulous nature baths. Predict rain in case of occasional thunderstorms. Caution: very strict control over the products do not take. Ex: repellent, sunscreen, alcohol, plastic bottles that are not referenced,... The site is managed primarily by the local family assoc
    View original
Google
  • 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 choice 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!
  • I was there in 2008 .why you don't the exact location in the map?. You first need to take a boat from the river after this you can take a bicycle or walk but it takes some time ,the water is pure and you can drink it.la macarena jungles used to be farc stronghold and still has probably significant fighting around.
  • 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.
  • Its a wonder of the nature!!! The fascinating colors are a beautiful mix!!!
  • I like caño cristales Is a place very nice

Best things to do in La Macarena