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. Make Cano Cristales part of your personalized La Macarena itinerary using our La Macarena driving holiday planner .
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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 »
  • What a party. Too crazy. Really top. Too good to be true. What an enrichment to here to go.
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  • 3-day trip to between July and November. At this time the amount of water in the river is required to be able to observe the colors of the Rainbow on the River, is due to algae. Book two months in advance. There are agencies that offer Charter flights from Bogota to La Macarena. They start sharing Saturday and return on Monday. The guides that we provided the Agency Awake were real good. They gave us options of difficulty of the walk we were going by and also were very careful about the environment. Their excellent explanations. The first day made a trip to Caño Crystallites. All rides are various levels of trekking and baths in crystalline pools. It is not a trip for children under 10 years old. It makes a lot heat. The second day is a journey by boat, then in 4 x 4 and then walk. Very good picnic both days. The third day is another very short hike and swim in the river stones. Surely there are several options. The guides are organized so that not too much people in one place at the same time. Only 300 people can enter the Park each day. The accommodation was at the Hotel Casa Real. It is very basic, and could improve the services with very little. They do not have a place for meeting of guests, the pool is excellent, but there where a beer or play a board game. The rooms have no gateway to the bathroom, only a cortina.de bath. Breakfast and dinner are made in the establishment of the Sra Lolo. Their food is very rich and homemade. The place is warm and does not have the atmosphere that easily could offer a roof of straw in the open air or under the trees. Note that the population of la Macarena is actively involved in eco-tourism which takes place in Caño Cristales. It is a very commendable effort. The last night we went to dinner while watching a show of music and dance of joropo. Very good to understand the local culture and see the typical costumes. A very complete journey.
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  • 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.
  • I invite you to know this marvellous place. This is one of the nature place that is u

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