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Caño Cristales

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A trail that visits the natural wonder of the River of Five Colors.


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5.7

Miles

9.3

KM

Point to Point

1,222' 372 m

High

883' 269 m

Low

389' 119 m

Up

346' 106 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Geological Significance · Historical Significance · River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall

Need to Know

The trail itself is easy. The hard part is getting there. Flying into La Macarena, you first pay two fees, one to the military officials and the second to local officials. Before going to your hotel, you have to watch a video on rules of the park. You can't visit the park without a tour which involves a canoe and rugged jeep trip.

Description

From the entrance to the park you head along the road for about 3/4 of a mile.

From there, you cut left and the next three miles visit waterfalls and tributaries that have the same characteristics of the Caño Cristales river; sculpted rock and colorful waters. Once you arrive at the dramatic horseshoe waterfall of Salto del Aguila, you take a sharp right to hike along the river.

From here there a lots of waterfalls and places to swim (no sunblock is allowed as to not hurt some of the endemic species). This goes on for another two miles until you pop onto the road at the bridge and head back to the entrance.

Flora & Fauna

The area is rich in biodiversity featuring 8 species of primates, 10 amphibians, 43 reptiles, around 420 species of birds.

That said the real star of the river is Macarenia clavigera which adds the iconic red-pink colors during the rainy season June to November.

Shared By:

Russell Hobart

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Photos

Swimming hole "Caño Cristales" by szeke is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Nov 9, 2020 near La Maca…, CO
Salto de Aguila "Caño Cristales" by szeke is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Nov 9, 2020 near La Maca…, CO
Showing off the colors of the river "Caño Cristales" by szeke is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Nov 9, 2020 near La Maca…, CO

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