cano cristales tours



"Tours to Caño Cristales "The Rainbow River"



Colombia Oculta Tour Operator organizes daily tours to Caño Cristales. They are always with Spanish speaking guides, some of them have a very basic basic English, from 1 to 10: Level 2. 

If you want to know Caño Cristales and require support with a bilingual guide, we have to move him from Bogota. And this service has an additional charge wich represents fees, tickets and travel expenses of the guide.

We also have an environmental project with a Rural Community in Nature Reserve Madre Selva in Caño Cristales. It has an area of 50 hectares and 400 meters from Caño Cristales with lots of wildlife, this place used to be just for grazing cows. See more about our project here.

If you need your interaction or information in English, please contact us at: reservas@colombiaoculta.org


These are the most common tours:





We organize tours for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 days in Caño Cristales and their neiborhood in La Macarena town.  See more about our  spanish tours to Caño Cristales here

We travel from Bogota or Villacencio with direct flights to La Macarena every day. Or from Cali, Bucaramanga, Medellin or any city in Colombia by air links.

The accommodation in the Macarena is in very basic hotels with nice and willing people who provide a good service. 
These are the hotels that you can choose for your trip: Hotels in La Macarena.

We cover the basic meals of the days (breakfast, lunch and dinner), if you are vegetarian, please let us know, so we offer you a vegetarian menu.






FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


WHAT CLOTHING IS RECOMMENDED FOR CAÑO CRISTALES?

We recommend you take a change of clothes just for traveling (from your place to La Macarena and the way back)

One change of clothes for walking (long sleeve shirt, quick dry materials)

Swimsuit

Fresh sleeping clothes (long sleeves for mosquito protection)

Comfortable shoes for walking and sandals for swimming in the river

 

WHAT TO TAKE?

Identity document

Camera and batteries in a case

Small towel

Headlamp

Toiletries and any personal medicines

Small backpack (10 kg max)

Insect repellent (non polluting)

Sunscreen (you can not use it for swimming in the river)

Toilet paper

water bottle 

Sun protection (hat and sunglasses)

Swimming goggles


IS THERE CELL/MOBILE AND INTERNET SIGNAL?

Only "Claro" and it fails sometimes. You can find internet service in the town, the best is at “El Mocho”

 

IS THERE ELECTRICITY IN THE AREA?

Yes, but it is not always reliable.

 

ARE THERE ANY CASH MACHINES/ATMS IN THE TOWN

No, there are not any ATMs, so please take enough cash.

 

HOW SAFE IS IT?

A long time ago La macarena used to be a very dangerous place, but things have changed. The social difficulties and violence are in the past. The community is now working together to improve tourism in the area, some locals are studying tourism because of the great opportunity it presents to the community. Today, foreign visitors are part of the landscape. (The entrance?) security here is well organized by the national army and Cormacarena, they always know who arrives and who leaves La Macarena and there are many security (rings?) checkpoints in the area.

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE RAINBOW RIVER?

A magical natural cycle is what makes this the “rainbow river”. Caño Cristales is a magical place, unique in the world. This phenomenon is possible because of some particular aquatic plants called “podostemonaceas”. It is these plants, not algae, that have an amazing natural cycle. If you want to watch this amazingly colorful spectacle, the best time to visit Caño Cristales stars from the first days of June until mid December. The rest of the year these plants lose their colors because of the dry weather, however, even during this period La Macarena is an unforgettable place.

 

 






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Registro Nacional de Turismo No. 16447. No al turismo sexual infantil, Articulo 16, Ley 679/2001.  Reserva Natural Madre Selva Caño Cristales, Macarena, Meta  Refugio Arco Iris, Vereda Güita, Suesca, Cundinamarca.  Carrera 29 No. 74-19, Bogotá.  Tel. 3010213 - 311 2397809 - 320 3602977 reservas@colombiaoculta.org skype: colombia.oculta