Caño Cristales (the Crystal Channel) is more commonly known as the ‘River of Five Colours’ or ‘Liquid Rainbow’. And this unique biological wonder is certainly something to behold. For most of the year it looks like any other river. But from July to November an endemic water plant, the Macarenia Clavigera, provides an explosion of colour. This naturally occurring algae blooms a brilliant red, but also white, black and yellow.
Of course, the main attraction is the stunning beauty of the Liquid Rainbow. But you’ll also discover hidden rockpools and waterfalls. During the day you will explore forest trails and by night enjoy the distinct local culture of the region.
You can get to Caño Cristales via a 90-minute flight from Bogota to La Macarena. In town there is a small range of simple accommodation.