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Boat ride and hike to Caño Cristales, Colombia’s “Rainbow River”, Day trip from La Macarena

Join one of our expert guides on this boat ride and hiking trip to Caño Cristales. Discover the fantastic La Macarena National Park, appreciate its flora and fauna, and swim in its incredible cascades and natural pools.




1 Day


May, Jul - Oct






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  • Enjoy the magical spectacle of the blossoming in Caño Cristales.
  • Be dazzled by the unique palette of colors its aquatic plants offer.
  • Explore La Macarena National Park, its mesmerizing natural pools and cascades.


Caño Cristales is known as Colombia’s Rainbow River. This fantastic place offers a unique and breathtaking spectacle, with a rainbow of colors underneath its waters. And on this day hike and boat ride, we’ll get to enjoy these hypnotizing sceneries.

The river lies in the Macarena mountain range, in the municipality of Macarena. This natural paradise in the department of Meta, has also received other nicknames. Due to the extraordinaire aquatic plants that grow in Caño Cristales, a unique and spectacular phenomenon happens here. The plants change colors with the exposition to the sun rays. The palette ranges from fresh greens to intense reds, and all the colors in between. Thus producing the illusion of a rainbow underwater.

This magical place is beautiful all year round. However, the blossoming of these aquatic plants happens between the dry season and the wet one. Hence, between the months of July and October, it is the most ideal season to visit Caño Cristales.

But, even if you don’t come during the blossoming, there are still many options of wonderful spots to visit. For instance, on this adventure, we’ll explore the La Macarena National Park. Then we’ll head to Caño Cristalitos. Here, we’ll learn about the local flora and fauna, including exotic species of birds, monkeys and even caimans. Also, we’ll visit the most marvelous natural pools and cascades to refresh ourselves.

Don’t miss out on the fun. Join one of our certified guides on this private trip across Caño Cristales.

Also, we recommend this Nevado de Huila, 3 days ascent from Cali, if you are looking for a mountaineering trip.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking

About the guide: Colombia

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