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Caño Cristales | Destinos | Newtours Colombia

Cano Cristales

From US$ 599 p.p. / 3 days / Private tour / Group discount

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Transport Included


  • Explore the famous rainbow river

  • Discover incredible fauna and flora

  • Enjoy the flair of a woodland village

  • Tropical forest hiking tours

Program description

The Sierra de La Macarena Natural Park in Colombia, is the destination for all those who want to visit Caño Cristales. The beauty of this place is worldwide recognized thanks to its peculiar characteristic, which makes it the river of the five colors. In its currents of crystal clear waters, waterfalls and rock formations grows an underwater plant named the “Macarena Claveria” that produces a spectacular kaleidoscope image. From June to December, when the rain water level has reached the ideal level, the river flora bloom in all the spectra of colors. You can walk, enjoy and take pictures in the  surreal world that this river creates in front of you.

Humid jungles, savanna vegetation, and a humid tropical climate make this national park a very special place. In an extensive territory, the fauna and flora of the Orinoquia, the Amazon and the Andes converge. Due to the low elevation the climate is hot and tropical with brief and intense storms. After a storm is when a trip to Caño Cristales is best because the aquatic plants will appear at their most vivid color. The best time for travel is from mid June to early December. In the park there are 500 species of birds, 1,200 species of insects and 100 species of reptiles. As for the flora, there are 48 species of orchids, 2,000 of other flowers, different foliages and plants. The municipality of La Macarena founded in November 18, 1980 can only be reached by air. The average temperature is 27 ºC


Bogotá - La Macarena - Caño Cristales

3 days / 2 nights
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Itinerary Details

 Day 1 

Flight Bogotá - La Macarena, Pick up at La Macarena airport, tour briefing and Caño Cristalitos visit. Flight from Bogotá to La Macarena, where our team will be waiting for you. Hotel Check-In and afterwards tour briefing given by Cormacarena, the tourism bureau of the place. Put your hiking shoes on because the action starts from now on! After sailing approximately 30 minutes along the Guayabero River, we will transport you to Caño Cristalitos. Once there, we will accompany you to explore the surroundings. Lunch close by the river and then back to the village of Macarena. In the evening, dinner at a local restaurant to enjoy the traditional gastronomy.

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 Day 2 

Caño Cristales visit, the rainbow river. After a traditional breakfast we will move to Caño Cajuche, first by boat and then in 4x4 trucks. Once there, your hike through Caño Cristales will start. We will take the path to discover the most beautiful corners of the area. The climate in this region is very pleasant which makes it ideal for a well-deserved bath and lunch on the river. Return to the Macarena. Prepare your camera to capture a beautiful sunset on the way back. In the evening, dinner at a local restaurant.

 Day 3 

Caño Piedra, Cristalitos and airport transfer. Todays destination is Cristalitos and Caño Piedras, where you can enjoy the river and its incredible tropical environment for the last time. After lunch, the return trip starts. Transfer to the Macarena airport.

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Price & Inclusions

From US$ 599 p.p.

1 pax. Group discount from the second participant.

National flight Bogotá - La Macarena - Bogotá is included


  • National flight BOG - LMC - BOG

  • 2 nights accommodation

  • All meals (2xB,3xL,2xD)

  • All daily boat and ground transfers

  • ES guide (Optional: EN guide)

  • Entrances and tourism fees, Travel insurance

 Not Included 

  • International flights

  • Tips and personal expenses

  • Activities marked as optional

  • EN guide (on request)

  • MCN airport fees (ap. COP 15K)

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Important Notes


Caño Cristales can only be visited from mid-June to mid-December. The rest of the year, the park is not open to the public. Start: Charter flight from Bogotá.

Physical Difficulty: 3