Cano Cristales, La Macarena

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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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  • August 13, 2017
    It has hesitated to spend 3 days in this corner a little difficult to access on our trip to Colombia. But c's without regret. We had the chance to have a wonderful time which sublimates the place. Beautiful rivers along which you hike with a frequent breaks swimming in translucent waters Super refreshing! A piece of paradise. The purple colors of algae are beautiful and add to the charm of the place! 3j is sufficient. Feel free to post a small hotel with pool for your return of rando. C is simply happiness because it's hot! The guides are friendly! THE people of the adorable village and the village deserves a little walk at night it is recommended
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  • August 10, 2017
    Please don't let go the opportunity to be in this place. It has the most beautiful rivers, natural pools, views, fishing and walks in the rainforest. People from la Macarena are the best in service. I...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Caño cristales is a paradise, not adjectives find positive to describe this place, and I was very surprised the responsibility and care taken with the conservation of the environment, truth that is worth this trip
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  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • July 7, 2017
    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.
  • February 13, 2017
    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!
  • March 19, 2016
    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.
  • December 22, 2015
    I invite you to know this marvellous place. This is one of the nature place that is u

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