Caño Cristales, the river of five colors

Rio Cano Cristales
Do you want to know one of the most beautiful rivers in the world? It is not about the Amazon or the Nile, but about Caño Cristales , a small and surprising river stream little known in most of the planet. In fact, it is not 100 km long or more than 20 m wide in any section. Of course, it is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.

Caño Cristales is located in the department of Meta, in the interior of Colombia , very close to the municipality of La Macarena. It consists of a succession of rapids, waterfalls, streams and wells with waters of impressive purity, through which the five colors that predominate throughout the river can be seen.

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The river of five colors

Serrania de la Macarena is a nature reserve at the confluence of Amazon and Andean elements Orinico, as well as countless waterways that run down the slopes steep. One of them is Caño Cristales, also known as the “river of five colors”, the color of the algae that grows in this river: yellow, blue, green, red and black. However, red is the predominant color of the spout, since, when the water decreases in summer, the sun dries the plant known as the macarenia clavígera .

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Very old rocks

In addition to their colors, the river and the Macerena area are characterized by their rocks, which are 1,200 million years old. Because the river bed is rocky, with moderate intensity rain its flow can grow dramatically, leaving the traveler isolated on its banks. However, Caño Cristales is declining just as quickly.

Here we leave you with some beautiful images of Caño Cristales.