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Rainbow River Colombia Two-Day Tour

Spend two days in a remote region of Colombia and discover the Rainbow River — Caño Cristales. The river’s five hues will enchant you as you trek along its exotic shores and streams. You’ll find out why it’s considered the most beautiful river in the world!

USD $646.00

Per Person

Thinking of visiting the Rainbow River, Colombia, but not sure how?

On this 2-day adventure to Rainbow River in Colombia, we’ll take care of all the details so you can experience this incredible river with a local guide. You’ll travel from Villavicencio to the small town of La Macarena. From there, a guide will lead you along paths lined with waterfalls and spectacular rock formations to the exotic Rainbow River.

Not yet well known by travelers, Rainbow River is located in a remote area of Colombia in the beautiful Sierra de La Macarena National Park. The river’s five colors are only viewable between July and December and are incredibly impressive.

The region is a unique ecological destination — with many kinds of animals and plants that can only be found in this area. Each section of Rainbow River has its own different charms, colors, and surrounding wildlife. A local guide will lead you on an adventure of a lifetime to explore towering waterfalls, scenic swimming holes, and vibrant streams in this natural paradise.

Important Notes

– The best time to visit Rainbow River is from July to December
– Departs from Villavicenci – if you’d like to depart from other cities, check out our 3-day, 4-day and 5-day tours to Rainbow River.


  • Visit one of the world’s natural wonders, the famous five-colored Rainbow River
  • Observe unique rock formations and stunning waterfalls.
  • See the exotic birds, reptiles, amphibians, and primates that inhabit Serranía de la Macarena National Park.


Day 1 : Journey to Rainbow River

  • Take an early morning flight from Villavicencio to La Macarena
  • Check in to the hotel and drop off your baggage before heading out
  • Journey to the National Park with your local guide
  • Embark on a boat ride down the Guayabero River
  • Observe and learn about the animals that call this place home
  • Hike on one of the many trails inside the National Park
  • Discover the history and ecology surrounding the Rainbow River
  • The main event — experience the incredible Rainbow River
  • After lunch, head back to La Macarena and enjoy the sights of this charming, traditional Colombian village

Day 2 : Trek along the Rainbow River

  • In the morning, spot monkeys and colorful birds on a 20-minute boat ride to Rainbow River
  • Explore side streams with stunning waterfalls and natural swimming pools. You will have the opportunity to swim in these, if you choose.
  • Return to La Macarena for lunch
  • In the late afternoon, take your flight back to Villavicencio

What’s Included

  • Air transport from Villavicencio to La Macarena
  • Land and river transport to the national park
  • Permits, entrance fees, and taxes
  • Meals: Day 1 (lunch and dinner), Day 2 (breakfast and lunch)
  • 1 night private accommodation in La Macarena
  • Spanish-speaking local tour guide
  • Assistance insurance
  • Tourism Tax contribution to the municipality of Macarena

What’s Not Included

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

What to Bring

  • Clothes suitable for hot weather: shorts, lightweight long pants (no jeans), long sleeve shirt for sun protection
  • Bathing suit, swim goggles
  • 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
  • ID and travel documents
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Camera

Additional Notes

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.

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.


Caño Cristales, La Macarena, Meta, Colombia

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Caño Cristales, La Macarena, Meta, Colombia 2.261492, -73.790352

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What Happens After I Book?

After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.

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