Here is a paradise of colors and a treasure trove of nature- Colombia’s Caño Cristales. It is a river consisting of not one, not two, but five spectacular colors. This rainbow river of Columbia is an out-and-out biological wonder overindulged in colors and satiated with beauty. It seems God has squeezed in all his artistic skills and pulled down the colors of the rainbow in this very corner of the Earth. Today, this river with immense explosion of colors is referred to as “The Liquid Rainbow”, “The Most Beautiful River in the World” and “The River that ran away from paradise,”
This river spans about 100 kilometers (62 miles). For the major part of the year, the rivers remain plain and ordinary with greyish rocks, cool waters and clear currents. However, for an ephemeral period in between wet and dry seasons, the Macarenia clavigera, a bright red water plant, streaks the river floors with vibrant shades of red, complemented by eloquent shades of green and yellow sand. The red plants stick firmly to rocks where the river has a stronger current.
Other striking colors that add to its flamboyant appearance are yellow, green, blue and black. The green color effect is brought by the green mosses that develop on the bed of rocks and become noticeable below a cool and clear current. The sparkling clarity of water results in casting a blue appearance. The clear currents allow the visitors to view the natural life underneath the water’s surface.
Caño Cristales, the nature’s best kept secret is remotely located in an isolated area which is not accessible by road. The adventurous tourists on the lookout for this heavenly bliss can now fly into the neighboring town of La Macarena. From there, the visitors have to make a short trip into “Serrania de la Macarena,” the national park in which Caño Cristales is situated. The visitors are then required to make their way to the riverside by foot or on horseback as a part of a guided tour.
Earlier, this place was not accessible to tourists since this region was under the impact of guerilla activities. Today, people are permitted to stay at night and cook too.
Marcarenia is a part of three preeminent ecosystems opulent in flora and fauna: the Andes, the Eastern Llanos and the Amazon rainforest. The mountain here is home to about 420 kinds of birds, ten species of amphibians, 43 species of reptiles and eight primates. So are you ready to gear up for this colorful adventure tour now?