Caño Cristales Tour | La Macarena Natural Park | Uncover Colombia


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Be Amazed by the River of 5 Colours!

Discover the natural beauty of Colombia during our 3-day Caño Cristales tour, where you will get up close to this stunning landmark in La Macarena National Natural Park. Caño Cristales is known as the "river of 5 colours" because of its vivid hues. Sub-aquatic plants lining the river floor and rock minerals produce beautiful yellow, green, blue, black and especially red tones during the wet season from July to November. Between July and November is the best time to visit Caño Cristales.

The eastern region of Colombia, or Los Llanos, is a vast plain area crossed by many rivers and lakes that turn it into a spectacular mix of landscapes, flora and fauna. Los Llanos is recognized by its sprawling ranches and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. During this tour in Colombia, you will hike through the area, learn about the traditions in this eastern Colombian region and become immersed in a wonderful natural paradise away from modern life. 

Departure Days: This Caño Cristales tour starts Thursdays and Saturdays from July – November.


EXPERIENCE TYPE Eco-tourism & Eastern Region Traditions

Caño Cristales Tour

Detailed Itinerary

Travel to La Macarena and first day trekking to Caño Cristales

Day 1

Very early in the morning, we will fly to La Macarena, the small town near the National Natural Park La Macarena where Caño Cristales is located.

On our arrival to La Macarena, our local guide will take us to the hotel to check in and get ready for our first trekking day to the river. Our journey we will start with a 20 minutes canoe trip along the Guayabero river towards the Verada Cachivera. During this short trip along the river you will start getting the first impression of how beautiful this part of the country is. At Vereda Cachivera, we will take a jeep ride to go to the point from we will start our trekking adventure to Caño Cristales.The canyon is divided into three branches. During the next three days we will be visiting one branch per day. Today we will be visiting the central branch.

The trekking journey to the river will be framed by the stunning and peaceful landscape composed by a mix of valleys and hills full of a extensive diversity of fauna and flora. Then, when we arrive to the river, you will finally see the unique the explosion of colours given by the Macerenia clavigera plant that lines the river floor and the spectacular succession of rapids, waterfalls and natural pools running throughout the old rocks of the canyon. There you will have plenty of time to take pictures, swim, have a nice traditional lunch and enjoy the astonishing view. Around 3.30 pm we will start our journey back to La Macarena.

Overnight: La Macarena
Meal Plan: Lunch, Dinner

Second day trekking to Caño Cristales

Day 2

Today, we will visit the left branch of the Canyon. We will repeat the same journey from the hotel to Vereda Cachiviera as the day before. Our journey today will be a bit longer as we will be visiting four sites along the river: The Cascada de Quarzos (Quartz Waterfall), Los Pianos (another waterfall), Pozo del Amor (a natural pool) and Cascada de la Virgen (The Virgin Waterfall). We will spend about one hour on each place to relax, eat or swim.

Around 3.30 pm, we will start heading back to La Macarena. Back at the hotel, we will have some time to relax before going to a "Parrando Llanero", a traditional local party style with live music and local dances. We will also have the traditional food served in these parties called "Manona"(Local grilled style lamb).

At the end of this parrando we will go back to the hotel to relax and recover energies for the last trekking journey.

Overnight: La Macarena
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Last trekking journey to Caño Cristales and trip back to Bogota

Day 3

After breakfast, we will visit the right branch of the river. We will go to a great spot with natural pools to have the last contact with this beautiful river. Around 11am, we will go back to La Macarena for our return flight to Bogota.

Meal Plan: Breakfast


  • 2 nights' accommodation in La Macarena (double occupancy)
  • Domestic flights: Bogota - La Macarena - Bogota
  • Meals as defined in the itinerary
  • Local Spanish speaking tour guide


  • International flights
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Tips and other discretionary expenses
  • Tax to enter the twon of La Macarena. You will pay these fees when arriving to La Macarena
  • Entrance to Caño Cristales Natural Park

Note: If required a dedicated English translator please contact us


Hotel in La Macarena: During your time in this region of Colombia, you will stay in one of the hotels available in La Macarena, the small town near the natural park. These hotels provide clean and comfortable standard rooms.


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