Colombia

Caño Cristales River Trip - 3 Days

Rainbow River - "The most beautiful river in the world"

Caño Cristales River Trip - 3 Days

Rainbow River - "The most beautiful river in the world"

Caño Cristales Tour, (aka the most beautiful river in the world) is an exceptional and surprising natural beauty. Its unique ecosystem is very fragile and now belongs to the Sierra de la Macarena Natural National Park.

Season: June - November

Trip ITINERARY

DAY 1: Caño Cristiletos (smaller Caño Cristales River)

Flight from Bogota to La Macarena (1 hour flight)


Once you arrive at La Macarena airport you will be greeted by a FlashpackerConnect guide/representative.


Mandatory information session with National Park Sierra de la Macarena (video and talk with park representative).  Here you will receive all passes needed for the parks.
Check in to hotel.*

*Depending on how far in advance you book, A/C rooms are available upon request. Also, please note that La Macarena is a very remote Amazon town and while comfortable, accommodations come with only the basic amenities.  Most do not have hot water.

Caño Cristalitos (a smaller Caño Cristales): This is a viewpoint in which you can enjoy and learn about a conservation project for local wildlife in the area.  

Lunch at the river.  In an effort to preserve the natural beauty of the parks, all lunches are packed in banana leaves to prevent any trash from ending up in the parks.

Return to La Macarena and rest before dinner

Dinner at a local restaurant with your guide


Please note that your guide will be with you during all excursions and meals.

DAY 2: Caño Cristales Full Day Tour

  • Breakfast at a local restaurant with your guide OR at homestay depending on day 1 excursion
  • Launch from La Macarena boat ramp for a 30 minute boat ride.
  • Along the way, you have the opportunity to see monkeys, and exotic bird species such as the prehistoric Hoatzan.
  • Transport in 4x4s from the La Cachivera district to Caño Cajuche
  • 1-2 hr walk from Caño Cajuche to Caño Cristales
  • Your route through the park is assigned the morning of your trip by Cormacarena and the National Park. While the park admits up to 350 people per day, you will most likely see no more than 20 people due to these planned trails.  All routes will end at Los Ochos or "The 8s" which is considered the most picturesque location throughout the park.
  • Enjoy hiking and exploring for around 6 hours.  While this will include many breaks for pictures and swimming, it is often very hot so please bring an ample supply of water (no single use water bottles allowed).
  • Return in 4x4s to the Guayabero River and back to La Macarena
  • Rest at your hotel and meet for dinner with your guide.  
  • After dinner you will get to experience a Joropo music performance and lessons.  Joropo is a type of music that originated in Colombia and Venezuela.

Day 3: Sunrise Boat - Departure Home

  • On your last day you will enjoy a sunrise wildlife boat ride.
  • Breakfast, at the Farm and back to hotel at 9am to pack
  • Flight out between 10:00 am - 2:00 pm depending on availability and flight schedule that day. (Lunch included if you have an afternoon flight.)

Additional Trip Info

  • Round trip flight - Bogota* to La Macerena
  • Fully guided tours - Spanish speaking guide. English guide by request(additional cost)
  • All meals (from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day) in local restaurants in La Macarena (typical Colombian dishes served in banana leaves when on excursions)
  • Accommodation in single/double (according to preference) in local hotel
  • All transfers while in La Macarena (boat & 4x4)
  • National Park Entrance

*English guide available upon request ($75 USD per day)

*If flights from Bogota are not available we will transport you to the Villavicencio airport (3-5hrs from Bogota) for a charter flight (hotel transfer included)

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