Caño Cristales Tours

Often called the “River of Five Colors” or “Liquid Rainbow,” Caño Cristales is one of the world's most beautiful rivers. Set in Serrania de la Macarena National Park, Caño Cristales flows over a riverbed that, several months per year, blooms with vibrant aquatic plants, creating a natural phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed.
 
The Basics
The only way to explore Caño Cristales and the national park is with a guide, and it's best to book a 3- or 4-day tour from Bogotá, Medellín, or La Macarena Airport. Excursions typically include activities such as a boat cruise along the Guayabero River, hiking the rain forest, swimming in natural pools and waterfalls, and photo stops at locations such as Los Ochos, Karol Cristal pool, and Brazo Pianos.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • There are few visitor facilities in the national park but most tours include accommodations, meals, and 4WD transport.
  • Swimming is only permitted in designated areas, and swimmers are forbidden to wear sunscreen, mosquito repellent, or other substances that might damage the fragile ecosystems.
  • Tours include a fair amount of hiking and are best suited to travelers with a moderate fitness level.
 
How to Get There
Caño Cristales is located in a remote area of central Colombia, just north of the town of La Macarena. This sight is only accessible with the help of a guide. Charter flights run to La Macarena, and from there, your tour guide can take you into Serrania de la Macarena National Park.
 
When to Get There
Visit between September and November to see Caño Cristales in full bloom. The most impressive time to visit is after heavy rainfall, when the aquatic plants will be at their most lush and vivid.
 
The Natural Wonders of Caño Cristales
During much of the year, Caño Cristales looks much like any other river, but during the months between the wet and dry seasons, Caño Cristales blossoms with vibrant colors. This natural occurrence is caused by an eruption of aquatic plant life, which transforms the river into a blanket of brilliant red—thanks to the macarenia clavigera growing on the riverbed—offset by dark oranges, and deep greens and yellows, from various other mosses and algae.
Location
Address: Caño Cristales, La Macarena, Colombia
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3-Day Caño Cristales (Rainbow River) from Bogotá

Discover the natural beauty of the Caño Cristales river region with this 3-day tour from Bogotá. Visit national parks, take a dip in the water, and enjoy riverside picnics packed in banana leaves. Observe monkeys and exotic birds on a boat cruise and enjoy a 6-hour hike. This tour includes meals, two nights of accommodation, national park entrance fees, round-trip airfare from Bogotá, and the services of an English-speaking guide.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$700.00 USD
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3-Day Tour to Caño Cristales from Bogotá

Experience the naturally occurring beauty of Colombia’s Caño Cristales, known as the Liquid Rainbow, on a 3-day tour from Bogota. Ideal for travelers looking to escape the city, this excursion allows you to hike along paths fringed by the Macarena mountains and take a cruise on the Guayabero River. Two nights accommodation, meals as per the itinerary, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Bogota are included.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$816.00 USD
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Caño Cristales 4-Day Tour from Medellin

Discover the multi-colored magic of the ‘Caño Cristales’ River during this 4-day, 3-night excursion from Medellín. Marvel at the rainbow-colored algae of this visually-striking river, stopping to soak in the various pools along its banks. During your visit you’ll also enjoy a scenic hike through ‘Los Pilones’ Canyon and visit the Caño Piedra area. Flights, some meals and overnight accommodation are included.
  • Duration: 4 days
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$1,212.00 USD
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3-Day Caño Cristales from La Macarena with Accommodation

Grasp the opportunity to visit one of Colombia’s natural wonders on a 3-day tour of Caño Cristales, known as ‘The Liquid Rainbow’ and ‘The River of Five Colors,’ from La Macarena. Take a boat cruise on the Guayabero River, hike through forests inhabited by monkeys and exotic birds, and swim in natural pools and waterfalls such as  Caño Escondido and Cascada de la Virgen. Select meals, 2 nights accommodation, and airport pickup and drop-off are included on this small-group tour, limited to seven people.   
  • Duration: 4 days
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$1,292.25 USD
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  • Duration: 4 days
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