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Caño Cristales Tour 4-Day Experience

See the stunning liquid rainbow for yourself on this 4-day Caño Cristales tour! In the depths of Serranía de la Macarena National Park, alongside exotic birds, reptiles, and primates, visit one of the world’s natural wonders, the beautiful five-colored Caño Cristales.

USD $907.00USD $1,067.00

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Looking for an authentic Caño Cristales tour that combines nature hikes and cultural immersion?

On this 4-day tour with a local guide, you’ll experience the stunning River of Five Colors and learn about the culture of La Macarena, Colombia. Not yet well known by travelers, Caño Cristales is located in the remote Serrania de la Macarena National Park. On this Caño Cristales tour, we’ll take care of all the details of your trip so you can enjoy this secluded paradise.

The best time to visit Caño Cristales is between July and December, when the river amazes onlookers with its shades of yellow, green, blue, black and red — a spectacle found nowhere else on Earth. On this tour, you’ll discover hidden waterfalls, whirlpools, and natural swimming pools. While bathing in the “liquid rainbow,” Caño Cristales, you’re sure to spot some of the many unique plants and animals that live in the park.

The 4-day experience also allows you to spend ample time in La Macarena, a small and charming Colombian town. Dance with the locals and taste the delicious culinary delights. Your time in the region supports the local community, which has recently organized itself around ecotourism while maintaining its traditional culture.

Important Notes

  • The best time to go is from July to December.
  • You must have a valid yellow fever vaccination and certificate of proof.
  • Availability:
    • Starting from Villavicencio – departing every day
    • Starting from Bogotá – departing every Monday
    • Starting from Medellín – departing every Friday
    • Starting from Cali – departing every Friday

Itinerary

Day 1 : Hiking in the national park

  • Depart on an early-morning flight to La Macarena, where you’ll meet a local guide for an introductory talk about the city and national park.
  • Experience La Macarena for the first time, as you enjoy lunch in city center.
  • Get your first taste of the natural beauty of Serrania de la Macarena National Park on an afternoon nature hike.
  • Have dinner in La Macarena and rest up for the next day’s excursions.

Day 2 : Experience the spectacular Caño Cristales

  • Depart early in the morning for a boat ride on the Guayabero River, taking in the natural scenery.
  • The main attraction — short trek toward Caño Cristales, where you’ll get your first look at the river’s amazing five shades.
  • Eat a traditional lunch on the bank before heading back to La Macarena for the night.

Day 3 : Immerse yourself in the local Colombian culture

  • Take the boat along the Guayabero River, where your guide will point out howler monkeys and exotic birds lining the bank.
  • Discover waterfalls and unique rock formations on the path toward Caño Cristales. Go for a dip in the vibrant water before enjoying a tasty lunch.
  • Night of integration: Enjoy a folkloric show in La Macarena. Listen to Colombian music, taste local food, and learn traditional dances with friendly community members.

Day 4 : Final trek before heading home

  • Take an early morning trek in the national park, exploring new sections of the area.
  • Enjoy a last lunch in La Macarena before departing on a late-afternoon flight to your starting destination.

What’s Included

  • Air transport from Villavicencio, Bogotá, Medellín or Cali (wherever you choose to begin)
  • Land and river transport in the area (for the trips described)
  • All permits, entrance fees, and taxes
  • Meals: Day 1 (lunch and dinner), Day 2 (breakfast, lunch and dinner), Day 3 (breakfast, lunch and dinner), Day 4 (breakfast and lunch)
  • 4 nights private accommodation in La Macarena
  • Spanish-speaking tour guide
  • Assistance insurance
  • Tourism Tax contribution to the municipality of Macarena

What’s Not Included

  • Beverages, water, and snacks
  • Personal expenses (tip for guides, souvenirs)

What to Bring

  • Clothes suitable for hot weather: shorts, lightweight long pants (no jeans), long sleeve shirt for sun protection, light socks
  • Bathing suit, swim goggles or swim mask
  • Waterproof and anti-slip shoes: sandals, comfortable walking shoes, good hiking boots
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight with batteries and spare batteries.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • ID and travel documents
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Camera

Additional Notes

Depart from Bogota ($953 USD), Villavicencio ($887 USD), Medellin ($1033 USD), or Cali ($1033 USD).

Try not to schedule your trip over a holiday, as access to the national park will be limited.

Remember you will be in a place where clothing and footwear will be constantly wet, so it needs to be lightweight and fast to dry. If you plan to swim in Rainbow River, keep in mind that you won’t be allowed to use any body lotions, sunscreen, insect repellent, or soap. Protect your skin with long-sleeved, light clothing.

La Macarena is a small, traditional town with no luxury hotel infrastructure. All the hotels are comfortable but basic. They have a private bathroom, however, they do not have hot water.

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