Caño Cristales 3-Day Trip from Bogotá

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    Impulse Travel

    We create, operate, and promote tours that let travelers experience the country from a local and authentic perspective through connecting them with our people. 

    • 3 Days
    • Trip Type: Small GroupWe put together groups of up to 8 people if other travelers booked the same date and same language
    • Available Languages: English, Spanish, French

    Deep in the Sierra de la Macarena mountain range of Colombia lies a place where one of the most astonishing natural wonders on Earth rises: Caño Cristales “the five-color river.” Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the uniqueness of its beauty by yourself to make new indelible live experiences. Also, get to know the locals of La Macarena (a village located in the southern region of Colombia) who cooperate to preserve this natural treasure.


    • Embark on a wonderful and colorful adventure to Caño Cristales, and hike different sections of the lively river
    • Go to La Macarena, a village located in southern region of Colombia
    • Enjoy a special dinner event eating Ternera a la llanera while listening to a live band of melodic “joropo”

    Price Includes

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Airplane tickets Bogotá-La Macarena-Bogotá
    • Lodging
    • All meals
    • Transportation
    • Local Spanish-speaking guide
    • All described tours
    • Taxes
    • This experience is valid for our IMPULSE Welcome Package Promotion(Optional)

    Price Excludes

    • English-Speaking Guide
    • Tips

    Important Notice

    The season where the plants that give Caño Cristales its color only grow from June to November, which is the rain season. We don’t recommend travel to Caño Cristales before June or after November because you probably won’t enjoy the scenery (the river will be dry and thus without plants). Please keep that in mind, when you plan your trip!

    In Caño Cristales and Caño Cristalitos, it is forbidden to use sunscreen and mosquito repellent but you can use them for the rest of the trip.

    The tours are run on small groups of 8 participants max. You will be assigned to a group that has the same hiking level as you. The program on day 1 and 3 will be adapted according to your level. On day 2 (Caño Cristales), there are several routes in the reserve that vary in length. You will be assigned to a route according to your hiking level.

    If day 3 is Wednesday, the flight back to Bogotá leaves at 10:00 am. For this reason, the activity offered for this day is a sunrise trip at the Guayavero river.

    Don’t expect luxury. The highlight of the trip is 100% nature! All meals are provided by the restaurant of the hotel and there are no hot showers.

    A yellow fever vaccine certificate will be required to board the plane to La Macarena. 

    Changes on the tour may occur due to external factors. These changes will be notified to you with anticipation.

    Our tours with transport include the time of the journeys within the duration.

    Things To Bring

    • Hiking Boots
    • Rain Jacket
    • Canteen
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen
    • Swimsuit
    • Long Sleeve shirts
    • Hiking pants
    • Small backpack

    Day 1Arrival Day

    Get up at first lights, have breakfast and meet your driver at the hotel entrance to take you to the airport at 9:00 am. You will fly for about an hour to La Macarena, where you will be picked up at the airport by your local guide. Then, you will take a mandatory 30-minute brief given by Cormacarena ( the tourism bureau of the place). After that, you will walk for 10 minutes through the village to La Cascada Hotel.

    Once on your hotel, put your hiking shoes and be ready to start the adventure. After you settle in, you will have lunch, and then the local guide will pick you up to embark a boat to take you to the Guayabero River for 25 minutes.

    Afterwards you will walk for about an hour and reach Caño Cristalitos, a fantastic place with small ponds filled with the characteristic algae that give this river its rainbow-like look. For those with a better physical condition, the next stop will be El Mirador a fantastic place where you will enjoy an amazing view of the wild savannah bordered with the Macarena Mountain Range (1.5 hours hike up to the top of a mountain). In the afternoon, you will get back to the hotel and have dinner at La Macarena.

    Day 2Caño Cristales River

    On this day, you will visit the main sector of Caño Cristales River. After having breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up, and after about an hour transport by boat and jeep, you will get to the starting point of the hike that will take you to Caño Cristales. Once you reach the river, you will visit many different spots according to your hike level. On these places, you will have the chance to swim and relax at the Willy Wonka-like ponds and enjoy your lunch box.

    In the afternoon, you will have time to rest at the hotel before the dinner event, where you will enjoy a “ternera a la llanera”( a typical beef preparation of the Colombian flatlands) while listening to a live band of “joropo”( typical music of that part of Colombia).

    Day 3Los Pilones

    On your last day at La Macarena, you will visit Los Pilones, which is a scenic hike through a stone canon with lush green vegetation. Alternatively, you will visit Caño Pedra, another prominent spot for taking a bath at a crystal-clear water river in the middle of the vast savannah.

    At the end of the hike, you will visit a new section of the river, and be back on time at La Macarena for lunchtime. In the afternoon, you will back to Bogotá, where a driver will pick you from the airport and take you to your Bogotá hotel.