A series of remote rivers, waterfalls and streams inside the wilderness of Parque Nacional Natural Sierra de La Macarena, Caño Cristales earns its nickname from a unique natural phenomenon that occurs between June and November, when the algae forms an underwater blanket of bright red, creating a breathtaking sight. 

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Marvel at the kaleidoscope of colours of spectacular Caño Cristales.

Stay at a lodge completely immersed in nature, where you can spot wildlife such as monkeys and birds.

Embrace the peace and tranquillity of Caño Piedra with a swim in this natural pool.

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Caño Cristales

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Day 1

La Macarena - La Manigua Lodge

Upon your arrival to La Macarena this morning, you will be met and transferred to the National Parks office for an introductory talk about Sierra de La Macarena National Park. Continue to the the La Manigua Lodge office for check in and preparation for the first hike. After transferring to the dock, enjoy a ride in a wooden boat upstream along the Guayabero River. Look out for wildlife on the riverbank before reaching a farmers house where the first hike begins. After a 25 minute ascent you’ll reach the Mirador lookout. Soak up beautiful views while the guide explains everything about the ecosystems and social history of La Macarena. Continue hiking to Caño Cristalitos where you will have time to appreciate the Macarenia clavigera plant and swim in the small pools. Hike back to the Guayabero River and continue by boat to La Manigua Lodge, a comfortable eco-lodge completely immersed in the tropical forest of La Serranía de la Macarena. Relax and listen for the birdsongs and sounds of monkeys swinging through the trees as you enjoy dinner at the lodge. (L)(D)

Day 2

La Manigua Lodge

After breakfast travel by boat down the Guayabero River before a 4WD transfer down a bumpy road to enter Sierra de La Macarena National Park. Once inside the park, hike for 30 minutes before reaching spectacular Caño Cristales. Known as the “river of five colours” Caño Cristales earns its nickname from a unique natural phenomenon that occurs between June and November, when the algae forms an underwater blanket of bright red, creating a spectacular sight.

Spend the day exploring: hike along the different trails to reach beautiful waterfalls, marvel at the kaleidoscope of colours or cool off with a swim as you enjoy lunch by the river. Return to La Manigua this afternoon and enjoy dinner at the lodge. (B)(L)(D)  

Day 3

La Manigua Lodge

Travel by boat, 4WD and foot into Sierra de La Macarena National Park again today, but this time you will visit the lower basin of Caño Cristales.  Where this majestic river enters the jungle, the lower basin has an intense green colour because of the shadow of the forest on the Macarenia clavigera plant. Spend the day exploring the area before returning to the lodge for dinner. (B)(L)(D)

Day 4

La Manigua Lodge

After a final breakfast at La Manigua Lodge, enjoy a morning horse riding excursion through the natural savannahs and wetlands of the eastern plains of Colombia, known as “morichales”, before reaching Caño Piedra. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to swim in the natural pool of Caño Piedra and soak up the peace and tranquility. Return to La Manigua by horse and then transfer by boat back to La Macarena. (B)  

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