Located in Columbia, the stunning and illuminating Caño Cristales is locally known as the River of Five Colors. Cano Cristales, illuminating natural spectrum spreads for 60 miles in the central Columbia, east of Andes. It is known for the vibrant colors that turn the flowing water of river into liquid rainbow. There is no match for this radiant river.
The name “River of five Colors” is given for the seasonal appearance of colored water due to green mosses, ancient black rocks, shinning yellow sand and the delicate yet beautiful red algae. You can enjoy the rainbow colors of Cano Cristales from July to November between the dry season and the wet season.
The algae (Macarenia clavigera) found in the Caño Cristales require special condition for growth including specific water level, appropriate temperature and sunlight. Macarenia clavigera changes colors in different conditions and at different phases of its growth. The colors are red, blue, orange, yellow and green.
The transitional colors can be seen in the water running in Caño Cristales forming waterfalls and illuminating natural playgrounds. You cannot reach Cano Cristales via conventional ways i.e. flight, bus or cab. The place can be reach by first taking a flight to La Macarena. You can further on make your way to the River of Five Colors on foot or on a horse back from the Serrania de la Macarena National Park.
Cano Cristales is located near the red zone area, turning only 30km to be in the safe zone as declared by the Columbian Army. Since 2009, tourists can go and enjoy the astonishing River of Five Colors. However still there are certain rules to visit. At one time no more than seven people can go for a visit. In total there can be only 200 visitors on the site. You can book yourself a tour, one of the famous and experienced local tourism companies is Eco Turismo Macarena.