5 day tour to Caño Cristales from Medellin

Meta, Colombia

$2,860,000 COP

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Basic Information 5 day tour to Caño Cristales from Medellin

Caño Cristales is located in the Serranía de la Macarena in Meta. It is catalogued as the most beautiful river in the world thanks to its five colours (yellow, black, blue, red and green) which are given by a plant called Macarenia Clavigera. With this 5 day tour you will have the opportunity to explore in depth the different points that make up this river such as the Paseo de la Danta, Los Hoyos, Caño Cristalitos, Laguna del Silencio and many more. Fly directly to Caño Cristales from Medellin.

Duration time: 5 days.

Start time and place: Between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm - Olaya Herrera Airport.

Time and place where it ends: Between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm - Olaya Herrera Airport.

Day 1 - Arrival to La Macarena:

Once you arrive at La Macarena airport, you will be welcomed by the assigned guide who will take you to the hotel to drop off your luggage and once you leave to receive the induction talk from the local environmental entities, then he will take you to Puerto Inderena to take a boat that for 20 minutes will navigate on the Guayabero River, to Puerto Cristalitos from where you will walk for approximately 30 minutes to get to Caño Cristalitos, a peaceful river of crystalline waters with natural pools, perfect for you to relax. There you will have lunch, which is served in banana leaves, known as fiambre. At the end of the day you will make the same journey back to La Macarena to rest and have dinner. Your guide will tell you what time to meet for breakfast and the next day's tour.


Day 2 - Among the colors of Caño Cristales:

Once you have breakfast, you will go to Puerto Inderena to take the boat and travel along the Guayabero River for 25 minutes to reach Puerto Los Mangos, where you will board a 4x4 vehicle to the entrance of the Caño Cristales trail. Along this path, you will go through different attractions of this incredible river such as: Los Hoyos, Los Pianos, La Piscina del Turista, Los Cuarzos and El Paso de la Danta. In some of these places you will be able to face, swim and observe the Macarenia Clavigera that fills this place with colors. You should know that during the tours you will be able to take recreational baths in designated places, which will be indicated to you by the guide. The lunch of this day, you will also take it during the tour. After an afternoon full of nature, you will return to La Macarena for your dinner.


Day 3 - Coloured crystals:

When you finish your breakfast you will go with your guide to the port and take the boat along the river, but this time you will arrive at Pailones, where the Macarenias adopt a green color that gives a fantastic aspect to the water. You will have the morning to enjoy recreational bathing, photography, fauna and flora observation; so that at the end of the afternoon you will return to La Macarena to rest and have dinner.


Day 4 - The sounds of the Laguna del Silencio:

The routine of this fourth day of the Caño Cristales tour is repeated until you reach the La Cachivera trail, from where you will hike for approximately 45 minutes until you reach the Laguna del Silencio. There you will board a traditional canoe called "potrillo" for your tour of this peaceful place. As its name suggests, it is a place of complete calm, ideal for relaxing, getting in touch with nature and bird watching. You will have lunch at a nearby farm, where you can rest in hammocks while being lulled by the sounds of natural life. At the end of the day you will return to your hotel in La Macarena to rest and prepare for your last day.


Day 5 - Caño Piedra:

On this day you will take a car or motorbike from the hotel to Caño Piedra. During the tour you will admire the beautiful landscapes of this destination: the flat savannas, the Serrania de La Macarena and the Guayabero River. You will have a morning of rest in this small river and after enjoying this landscape, you will return to La Macarena to go to the airport and finish your trip back home.

  • Airline Tickets Medellín - La Macarena - Medellín.
  • Land and river transport to make the itinerary.
  • Food (5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners. Hydration and snacks during the whole tour).
  • Hotel accommodation (4 nights in standard hotel. Single, double or triple accommodation with private bathroom and fan or air conditioning depending on availability. To raise your level of comfort and luxury ask our advisors).
  • Visit to the designated places.
  • Guide in Spanish.
  • Health insurance.
  • Contribute to the surrounding communities.
  • Contribution to the Civil Defense Corps.
  • Management of entry permits before National Parks and Cormacarena.

  • Entrance to National Parks and Cormacarena (50,000 COP for nationals or foreign residents between 13 and 25 years old; 33,500 COP for children between 5 and 12 years old; 65,500 COP for adult nationals or foreign residents between 26 and 65 years old; and $99,000 for foreigners. Nationals over 65 years old are exempt from paying this tax (This value must be paid at the time of booking).
  • Tax on tourism in the Municipality of La Macarena (27,400 COP for nationals and 41,800 COP for foreigners)
  • La Macarena airport tax (6,000 COP).
  • Bilingual guide in English or French.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Expenses not specified in the itinerary.

  • The ticket rate may vary due to the fact that they are commercial airlines.
  • In the municipality of La Macarena there is no exchange house, you must carry your money in Colombian pesos.
  • The only mobile operator is clear
  • Banks in the Macarena:
    • Banco Agrario. (Normal hours, no extra hours).
    • Bancolombia ATM (During the tourist season this ATM is kept without money)
  • Get vaccinated against Yellow Fever.
  • The paths to visit in Caño Cristales are assigned by the environmental entities, this itinerary can suffer changes due to environmental conditions.
  • The flight schedule may change, depending on weather and aviation permission.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle or camel back. Single-use plastics are prohibited from entering the National Parks.
  • Wear clothes that protect you from the sun. The entry and use of repellent, sunscreen and creams is prohibited because they can affect the ecosystem and plants.
  • It is forbidden to smoke and/or drink alcoholic beverages inside the park.
  • Trekking or tennis shoes with good grip.
  • Children under 5 years old are not allowed in the park.
  • Vegetarians or people with special food requirements should notify at the time of booking.
  • We do not recommend flights from Villavicencio because they are usually made in small planes that have had several accidents in recent years.

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