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Cano Cristales, La Macarena

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Geologic Formation
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.
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  • if you made it to Colombia visit this place. unfortunately, it is not open the whole year. you need to visit it between June - December. get the proper clothes and be prepared to get some bites.  more »
  • We booked a 3 day tour with De Una to Cano Cristales because they offered a very early flight from Bogota (meeting at the airport at 5:00 am) to get the most out of the 3 days. The 1st day was a disap...  more »
  • All logistics are well done, just make sure you book with top Agencies like "Ecoturismo Macarena" and you will be fine, they have rules for visitors like Sunscreen use is not allowed.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Its a wonder of the nature!!! The fascinating colors are a beautiful mix!!!
  • I invite you to know this marvellous place. This is one of the nature place that is u
  • 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.