Caño Cristales 4 days from Bogotá

Meta, Colombia

$2,115,000 COP

Departure day

Caño Cristales known as the 'river of five colours' is the most beautiful body of water in the world. Its red, green, yellow, black and blue coloration is due to the action of some algae found in this place. It is located in the Serranía de la Macarena in the department of Meta, and getting to know it is truly an unforgettable experience. Through this 4 day tour to Caño Cristales you will see the most beautiful corners of this natural destination in Colombia.

Duration time: 4 days.

Start time and place: Between 6:00 and 9:35 am - Puente Aéreo, El Dorado International Airport.

Time and place where it ends: Between 11:11 am and 2:00 pm - Javier Noreña Valencia Airport.

Day 1 - Caño Cristalitos:

The experience begins at La Macarena Airport with the designated guide who will be accompanying you throughout the Caño Cristales tour. From there you will head to the hotel to drop off your luggage and officially begin your day's tour from Puerto Inderena. There you will take a boat that will take you along the Guayabero River for about 20 minutes to Puerto Cristalitos, and then walk for about 30 minutes and arrive at Caño Cristalitos to enjoy a small river of crystalline waters with natural pools, ideal for relaxing and admiring the landscape. There you will have your space for lunch, which is served in "fiambre", a banana leaf wrap. After the tour, you will return to La Macarena to rest and have dinner.


Day 2 - Discovering Caño Cristales:

The first trip is the same as the previous day until you arrive at Puerto Los Mangos, where you will board a 4x4 vehicle; for approximately 40 minutes, until the entrance of the trail to Caño Cristales. In this tour you will see different attractions on this incredible river, visiting places like Los Hoyos, Los Pianos, La Piscina del Turista, Los Cuarzos and El Paso de la Danta, where you can do different activities such as skimming, swimming and watching the Macarenia Clavigera, the plant that fills this place with colors. You can also take pictures, enjoy waterfalls and other unique natural environments. During the tours you will be able to take recreational baths in designated places, which your guide will always let you know. The lunch of this day, also in cold meat, will also be served during the tour. After an afternoon full of nature, you will return to La Macarena for dinner.


Day 3 - Colored Crystals:

After breakfast, your guide will take you back to Puerto Inderena, to take the boat on the trail to Pailones, where the Macarenias have a green color that you will want to see and photograph. You will have the morning to enjoy small baths, fauna and flora observation. At the end of the afternoon you will return to La Macarena to rest and have dinner.


Day 4 - Caño Piedra:

On this day you will take a land transport from the hotel to a small river known as Caño Piedra. The trip to this place will be enlivened by one of the best 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 of crystalline and warm waters. After enjoying this landscape, you will return to La Macarena around 10:00 a.m. to go to the airport and finish your trip to Caño Cristales.

  • Bogotá - La Macarena - Bogotá airplane tickets.
  • Land and river transport.
  • Meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners. Hydration and snacks).
  • Lodging in the chosen hotel (3 nights in a standard hotel with single, double or triple accommodation with private bathroom and fan or air conditioning subject to availability. You can raise your level of comfort and luxury by asking our advisors). 
  • Visit to Caño Cristalitos, Caño Cristales, Pailones and Caño Piedra trails.
  • Spanish speaking guide.
  • Medical assistance insurance.
  • Contribution to the surrounding communities.
  • Contribution to the Civil Defense Corps.
  • Management of entry permits to National Parks and Cormacarena.

  • Entry ticket 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 value (This value must be paid at the time of booking).
  • Tourism tax to the Mayor's Office of La Macarena (27,400 COP for nationals and 41,800 COP for foreigners).
  • La Macarena airport tax (6,000 COP).
  • Bilingual guide (English or French).
  • Personal expenses and not specified in the itinerary.

  • In the municipality of La Macarena there is no exchange house, so you must carry money in Colombian pesos.
  • The only mobile operator is Claro.
  • Banks in the Macarena:
    • Banco Agrario. (Normal hours, no additional hours).
    • Bancolombia ATM (In tourist season it keeps this ATM without money)
  • Get vaccinated against Yellow Fever.
  • The trails to visit in Caño Cristales are assigned by the environmental entities, so the itinerary may suffer changes due to environmental conditions.
  • The flight schedule may suffer changes, depending on the weather and airplane permission.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle or camel back. It is forbidden to bring single-use plastics into Colombia's National Parks.
  • Wear clothes that protect you from the sun. It is forbidden to enter and use repellent, sunscreen and creams as they can affect the ecosystem and plants.
  • It is forbidden to smoke and/or drink alcoholic beverages inside the park.
  • Trekking shoes 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.

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