Caño Cristales Circuit


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Caño Cristales Circuit

4 days - 3 nights
AUD $ 1,899
p.p. Twin Share, Excludes Flights

Caño Cristales, a series of remote rivers, waterfalls and streams inside the wilderness of Parque Nacional Natural Sierra de La Macarena, has been called everything from ‘The River of Five Colors’ to ‘The Liquid Rainbow.’ This is due to a unique biological phenomenon that takes place for a couple of months between July and November when an eruption of algae forms an underwater blanket of bright red. This transforms the crystal-clear water into a river of cabernet that contrasts magically with the lunarscape of ancient, hollowed-out riverbed rock and the surrounding savannah landscape.

Coming here involves some expense, difficult road and some fairly unexciting meals, but the payoff is immense. You’ll no doubt agree when you dive into one of the numerous swimming holes, waterfalls or natural pools along the river, or come face-to-face with the impressive local wildlife.




Day 1 Arrive in Bogota
Day 2 Flight to Caño Cristales – Visit Caño Cristalitos and El Mirador
Day 3 Full Day Caño Cristales
Day 4 Half Day Caño Cristales and back to Bogota.



Day 1: Arrive in Bogota

Reception by a member of our team will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel and help you with the check-in.

Overnight at selected Hotel.

Day 2: Bogota to Caño Cristales – Visit Caño Cristalitos and El Mirador  (L-D)

Get up very early for breakfast and meet our driver in the lobby. We will fly for about 1.15 hours to La Macarena, a village located in the southern region of Colombia that once was unthinkable to visit due to the internal conflict, but now has become an important tourism hub. After being collected at the airport, you will be taken to your Hotel, clean and basic accommodation with smiling staff and comfortable rooms.

After you settle in, our local guide will pick you up and you will travel by boat up the Guayabero river. After that, we will walk for about an hour and reach Caño Cristalitos, an amazing natural spa with small ponds filled with the characteristic algae that give this river its rainbow-like look. After having a box lunch by the river, visit “El Mirador,” a point where we will enjoy an amazing view of the wild savanna bordered by the Macarena Mountain Range. In the afternoon we will get back to the hotel and have dinner.

Overnight at selected Hotel.

Day 3: Full Day Caño Cristales (L-D)

Today we will visit the main sector of Caño Cristales river. After having breakfast at the hotel, our guide will pick you up. You’ll travel for one hour by boat and jeep to the starting point of the 30-minute eco hike that will take us to visit Caño Cristales attractions such as Caño Escondido, Cascada de la Virgen, Pianos, Piedra Diosa de la Macarena, Cascada de los Cuarzos, Paso Mojado & Tapetes. Once we reach the river, we will have the chance to swim and relax at the colourful ponds and enjoy lunch at the site. In the afternoon, you’ll have time to rest at the hotel before a dinner.

Overnight at selected Hotel.

Day 4: Half Day Caño Cristales and Back to Bogota (L)

On our last day at La Macarena you’ll visit a section of the river with deep stone pools bordered by the amazing savanna landscape and the Macarena Mountain range in the distance. You’ll be back at the village for lunchtime, and in the afternoon you will fly back to Bogota.

End of the Services, continue your tour by combining any other destination.





  • Flight from Bogota to La Macarena (return).
  • Arrival and departure transfers to/from airport and hotel
  • All tours as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfasts.
  • 3 Lunches.
  • 2 Dinners.

Not included

  • Airport departure tax Bogotá: US$ 36 per pax.
  • Airport tax for domestic flights us$8 per pax, per flight.
  • International and other internal flights.
  • Visa fees.
  • Other Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program.
  • Tips for the drivers, guides & porters.
  • Items of personal nature.


Travel Just 4U can offer competitive flight fares to get you to the starting point of your chosen Holiday. Contact one of our Travel Consultants for a full quotation including airfares, stopovers and any additional travel you wish to organise.

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