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  • Address: Caño Cristales, La Macarena, Colombia
  • Hours: May–December

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Caño Cristales Tours

Known as one of the world's most beautiful rivers, Colombia's Caño Cristales, located in the Macarena Mountains, has been called everything from "The River of Five Colors" to the "The Liquid Rainbow." During much of the year, it's indistinguishable from any other river, but for a short period between the wet and dry seasons, Caño Cristales blossoms into a dramatic show of vibrant colors.

This natural occurrence is caused by an eruption of plant life, which transforms the river into a blanket of brilliant reds offset by dark oranges and deep greens, dramatically altering the entire landscape into a kaleidoscope of colors. Aside from the spectacle of Caño Cristales itself, travelers and nature lovers can spot native wildlife, including turtles, iguanas, macaws and aguilas, and perhaps even swim beneath one of the area's numerous waterfalls or natural pools.

In order to really do this natural phenomenon justice, it's best to book a three- or four-day tour to Caño Cristales from Bogotá, Medellín or La Macarena Airport. It's not possible to visit Caño Cristales on your own—a guide is necessary.

Insider's Tip: The climate around Caño Cristales is tropical, with brief and intense storms. After a storm is often the best time to visit, as plants will be at their most vivid.

Practical Info

The Caño Cristales season runs from May to December.

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Caño Cristales (Rainbow River) from Bogotá 3-Day with English Guide, Bogotá, null
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Caño Cristales (Rainbow River) from Bogotá 3-Day with English Guide

This Caño Cristales (aka the most beautiful river in the world) is an exceptional and surprising natural beauty. Its unique ecosystem is very fragile and ...  Read more

Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $850.00
Caño Cristales 4-Day Tour from Medellin, Medellín, Multi-day Tours
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Caño Cristales 4-Day Tour from Medellin

Considered as one of the etiological wonders of the world, Caño Cristales or also known as "the five colors river". This is a perfect 4-day ...  Read more

Location: Medellin, Colombia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $1,212.00
3-Day Tour to Caño Cristales from Bogotá, Bogotá, Multi-day Tours
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3-Day Tour to Caño Cristales from Bogotá

Experience a 3-day tour to Cano Cristales from Bogota. Hike along magical paths cradled by majestic stone-canyon walls. Soak in the colorful pools, see the ...  Read more

Location: Bogota, Colombia
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $816.00
3-Day Caño Cristales from La Macarena with Accommodation, Colombia, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

3-Day Caño Cristales from La Macarena with Accommodation

Deep in the Colombian Llanos is a mountain called La Serrania de la Macarena, from this mountain a stream originates which later in its journey evolves to ...  Read more

Location: Macarena, Colombia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $1,329.08

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