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Caño Cristales: Discover the hidden beauty of Colombia on a 4-day trip

5.00(0 reviews)Bogotá, D.C. - La Macarena

🌿Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, exploring the natural wonder of Caño Cristales and its surroundings in Colombia, where lush nature, vibrantly colored rivers and incredible landscapes await you🌳

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Adventure, Cultural, Ecotourismroadtrip:info.difficultyLevel Medio Bajo departuresFrom Bogotá, D.C. 4 roadtrip:info.days

Caño Cristales, located in La Macarena, Meta, Colombia, is known for being the "most beautiful river in the world" according to several experts. Although it may seem like an exaggerated statement, only by visiting this incredible Colombian paradise can you understand its magnificence. Although it was closed to tourism for a time, it is currently accessible and safe for visitors. In addition, there are daily flights from Villavicencio in the morning, aboard small planes with capacity for 3 and 5 passengers.


Day 1

The flight will depart from El Dorado Airport. Registration and screening will be carried out to board the plane that will take us to the Municipality of Macarena. In this municipality, each traveler will be received with a great welcome from the agency staff, professional and local guides who will carry out all the biosafety protocols established by the National Government, followed by an introductory talk offered by environmental entities to then move to the corresponding hotel (a room will be assigned to change clothes and store luggage since the rooms are delivered at 3:00 p.m.).

An alternate place will be visited at Caño Cristales that will be established by the environmental entities (only one place can be visited).

Alternate 1: Caño Cristalitos and Mirador

Alternate 2: Caño Piedra

Alternate 3: Bajo Lozada River

We will have lunch during the activity and then return to the Urban area of La Macarena, in the same way as we entered. Chek-in room delivery will be at three in the afternoon and then we can enjoy dinner and rest.

Day 2 and 3:

Below, we will give you every detail for the second and third day, including the integration night on night number two.

In the morning, breakfast and departure will take place according to the schedules established by the environmental authorities. The trip includes a 20-minute boat ride along the Guayabero River, admiring the natural environment, followed by a tour of the same duration in the association's vans from the point where you disembark to the Manantial del Cajuche.

Then, we will visit a trail assigned by Cormacarena and National Parks, in accordance with the permits granted. These are the available trails:

Los Pianos (High difficulty): Includes Caño Escondido, Cascada de la Virgen, Cascada Los Pianos, Piedra de la Macarena and Paso Mojado.

Eagle's Leap (High Difficulty): Includes Stairs, Square Well, Black Stone or Black Waterfall, Eagle's Leap Waterfall and Tables of the Law.

Los Pailones (Medium difficulty): Includes Monte de las Marimbas, Los Estrechos and Piscina del Pailón.

Caño Escondido (Low Difficulty): Includes Karol Cristal Pool, Tourist Pools, Los Ochos, Los Cuarzos and Mats.

*A different trail will be visited each day

A cold cuts lunch in “bijaos” banana leaves will be provided to enjoy in Caño Cristales. Later, we will return to the urban area following the same entrance route.

The integration night of the second day will consist of a Parrandón Llanero, which will include a folkloric and gastronomic display typical of the region, followed by a time to rest.

Day 4:

This day we will have a good breakfast as usual and then leave for the trail assigned by Cormacarena and National Parks in accordance with the permits granted.

The activity will end around noon, we will return to Villavicencio between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm and then we will leave for the airport to return to Bogotá.


Crystal Spout

Caño Cristales is a river located in the Sierra de la Macarena in Colombia, known as the "river of five colors" due to the vibrant and changing tones of its crystalline water. The river is approximately 100 kilometers long and stretches through a spectacular landscape of mountains and tropical forests. What makes Caño Cristales so special are the aquatic plants called Macarenia clavigera, which grow at the bottom of the river and change color throughout the year. During the rainy season. The Macarenia acquire an intense red tone that contrasts with the yellow, green and blue colors of the water.

Sierra de La Macarena National Natural Park

The Sierra de La Macarena National Natural Park is a natural reserve located in the department of Meta, Colombia. This park is known for its biodiversity and impressive natural beauty, hosting a wide variety of endemic and endangered flora and fauna. Within the park, visitors can find several tourist attractions, such as the Caño Cristales River, which is known for its crystal-clear water and the different colors it acquires throughout the year. Additionally, the park has numerous walking trails, such as the Sendero del Mirador, which offers a stunning panoramic view of the region. It is also possible to carry out different activities such as bird watching, community tourism in the towns surrounding the park, among others.


Air tickets Bogotá -La Macarena – Bogotá
Land and river transportation in La Macarena
Food (3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners)
Accommodation: 3 nights in La Macarena
Environmental guidance and interpretation. Local hosts who will be attentive to resolve any concerns.
Medical assistance insurance.
Not included: La Macarena airport tax $12,000. Municipal income tax $41,000 national and $62,000 foreign. Social contribution to local communities and risk management $65,000.
Does not include: Income tax for Cormacarena $36,000 National - $54,500 Foreign.


The use of any type of repellent or sunscreen is not allowed.
Smoking is not allowed in the natural park.
Non-reusable plastics are not allowed, so it is recommended to bring a camelback or personal bottle to carry your hydration.
It is not permitted to remove stones, plants, water, or any natural element or material that is part of the protected area from the park.
Alcoholic beverages cannot be brought into the natural park.


How to go dressed to Caño Cristales?

Comfortable and light clothing for activities. Wear a long-sleeved shirt to protect yourself from the sun. Long pants that are not jeans, preferably sweatshirts that are very comfortable and easy to dry fabric. Cap or cap, hats that provide enough protection from the sun, preferably with protection on the neck. Closed shoes, that cover the ankle, with good grip and that can get wet, The shoes we use for hiking must be prepared to get wet on the 2 days that tourist activities are carried out. Shoes to rest.

What is prohibited in Caño Cristales?

Traffic in fauna and flora in the region is not permitted. Help us conserve. Sunscreen, repellent or any kind of chemicals are not allowed in the park. No smoking in the park. Do not drink alcoholic beverages inside the park. Water from Caño Cristales should not be consumed. The entry of any type of plastic is not allowed, it is recommended to bring a bottle bag.

What to bring to Caño Cristales?

Raincoat or tent to protect yourself from the rain Small backpack or auxiliary hiking briefcase, preferably two carriers that do not cause discomfort when hiking on very narrow or reduced trails Swimsuit to be used for the 2 days of tourist activities 2 bottles of water per person (Plastic bottles are not allowed) Recharged camera with good memory.

Other tips:

Support the community's economy by making artisanal purchases made by the inhabitants of the region. Vegetarians or people with special food requirements, please inform in writing at the time of booking. It is important to inform if you suffer from any illnesses or allergies. La Macarena is a destination that does not offer luxuries, the hotel is basic.


We want to convince you to visit this magical place and to ensure that you feel comfortable and at ease with your stay, we put at your disposal the best hotels in La Macarena, we assure you the best rest so that you can face the adventure with boldness. You will have a quiet and private trip, thanks to our charter flights that with just 1 hour of flight will give you the best experiences, from the first moment you will not miss absolutely anything. Book your trip to Caño Cristales now.

To go to Caño Cristales from Bogotá we have direct departures from El Dorado Airport, only on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The flight duration is 1 hour non-stop. The flight departure is scheduled between 6:00 and 8:00 am.

Relevant information:

Keep in mind that you are responsible for your belongings. Protect your electronic devices and personal documents from rain and humidity.

Carry your cell phone charged, this will allow you to take photographs and use it in case of emergency.

Your safety is very important, please be cautious, always keep the group in sight and follow the guide's instructions.

Do not attend a walk late at night, while intoxicated, pregnant, or with medical disabilities.

Strictly follow your doctor's instructions regarding injuries and, if necessary, carry your personal medications.



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