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4x4 Expedition to Caño Canoas, Caño 7 Machos and Caño Cristales from Bogotá

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An expedition to discover one of the least explored and most wonderful areas of Colombia, Cañó Canoas and Caño Cristales

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Adventure, Community, Ecotourismroadtrip:info.difficultyLevel Medio departuresFrom Bogotá, D.C. 5 roadtrip:info.days

The PNN Sierra de La Macarena has its origins in the Biological Reserve of La Macarena (1948), it includes the most extensive geological survey towards the west of the Guayanès Shield, with an average extension of 130 kilometers long by 30 wide called “Sierra de La Macarena”. The Macarena". Its 629,280 ecosystems include humid jungles, flooded forests, scrublands and herbaceous vegetation of the Amazonian sheet.

It is an extraordinary area due to its isolated mountain conditions, which suggests the presence of unique species and an important index of diversity in flora and fauna. You can also see archaeological samples on the Duda and Guayabero rivers, where petroglyphs and pictograms of indigenous cultures that inhabited the area are found.


Day 1

We will travel from Bogotá to San Juan de Arama. Here we will change to 4x4 cars to travel by road to the municipality of Macarena.

Day 2

We will have an adventure trip along a trail between primary forests and livestock farms. Our goal is to reach the Serranía de la Macarena to enjoy one of its most wonderful places, Caño Canoas.

Day 3

The objective of this day will be to visit the 7 machos canyon in the Serranía de la Macarena.

Day 4

After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we will take a tour in vans to visit the trail assigned by Cormacarena and National Parks according to permit. Note: Different places are visited each day, they never give the same trail twice. If you travel on bridges on the last day you will not visit Caño Cristales according to regulations of the environmental entities (ABC) they will have activities in alternate places:

Trail 1 (High Degree of Difficulty) Caño Cristales Pianos Trail: Hidden Caño. Virgin Waterfall Los Pianos Waterfall Stone Goddess of Macarena Wet Step

Trail 2 (High Degree of Difficulty) Caño Cristales Eagle Jump Trail: Staircase Square well Black stone or Black waterfall. Eagle Leap waterfall. Tables of the Law

Trail 3 (Medium Degree of Difficulty) Los Pailones de Caño Cristales Trail: Mount of the Marimbas The Straits Pailón Pool

Trail 4 (Low Degree of Difficulty) Caño Escondido de Caño Cristales Trail: Karol Cristal Pool Tourist Pool The Eights The Quartz Mats

We will return to the urban area of La Macarena.

Day 5

We will travel the way back by road to Bogotá


Crystal Spout

Being a river of shorter length and width, the Caño Cristales does not reach 100 km in length nor does it exceed 20 m in width. It is a succession of rapids, waterfalls, spurs and pools whose waters emerge from the southern plateau of the Macarena mountain range, where its source is located, behind the oldest tepuis of the Sierra in a steep area where They find numerous cave paintings still unexplored. These waters, of such purity that they allow you to see the bottom and all the magic that this beautiful river contains, run towards the Guayabero River, collecting in its path countless arms from the rocky savannahs of the Sierra.


Aerovan transportation round trip Bogota – Villavicencio – San Juan de Arama
Accommodation 4 Nights (Cabins or Farm)
Food: 5 Breakfasts - 4 Lunches - 4 Dinners
Entrance to PNN La Macarena
Municipal Taxes, Red Cross, Civil Defense, Cormacarena and National Parks
Transfers by 4×4 Car Caño Canoas, Caño 7 machos, Caño Cristales
Travel coordinator accompaniment - Local guides
Medical Assistance Insurance within the PNN La Macarena


The best disposition for a trip of exploration and adventure. Road trips will be made in 4x4 vehicles, the accommodation is in rural areas, so it is necessary to have the best disposition for the adventure.


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 dietary requirements


  • 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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