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Address: Calle 5 7-35, La Macarena, Colombia
Phone Number: +57 321 8422728
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Majestic Place

One of the more special places I have visited in my life.The river itself is beautiful and unique. The best time to visit is August to appreciate the variety of colors. You should... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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122 reviews 122 reviews
23 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

One of the more special places I have visited in my life.The river itself is beautiful and unique. The best time to visit is August to appreciate the variety of colors. You should go at least 2 days to enjoy this place and the small town La Macarena, that is where you stay during the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We (wife, brother, sister in law, and I) drove from Bogota to Villavicencio great highway (do not speed in the tunnels, there are speeding cameras), spent the night at Villavicencio Plaza had cocktails in the roof bar, very cool. Had "mamona" for dinner in a local restaurant that is the typical dish in Villavicencio. Next day early morning we drove... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Caño Cristales is a river located in the Macarena province in Clombia. The river is commonly called "The River of Five Colours" or "The Liquid Rainbow", and is even referred to as the most beautiful river in the world due to its striking colours. The river from July - November is flushed in gaudy colours, including yellow, green, blue, black,... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My boyfriend and I visited Cano Cristales with a 4 day tour by Colombia Oculta. The organisation of the trip was good, all the more since we only booked it one day ahead. It was quite an expensive trip, but we are not sure if it would have been cheaper arranging it ourselves. You could off course try it if... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Walking up in Bogota for 6am departure we took a transfer bus, plane, arrived in Macarena put bags on donkey cart, walked to the hotel, took a river canoe, pick up truck then walked for 40 mins all in the name of algae. And so well worth the trip! The biological phenomenon happens in this Colombian water way where jagged... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you have the opportunity don't miss the trip to Caño Cristales bit be aware that a few things need to be improved on the organization side . Before you go tour operators might forget to tell you a few things - use of sun creams and repellents are prohibited in the park ( to prevent these chemicals to poison... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is and odd place to be on the earth.. But I regret that some pictures show what is contrary to the firts and one of the most important advices you have when arrived there.. Do not dare to touch the water species!! It is like break down a piece of sea coral to feel how is it... Please be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

If you like adventure then go.... It looks like you have to be able to jump many obstacles to get there, but it is so fun. It is the way that Nature keeps this fare away and protected from the lazy and crauded turism. What a place..my best recommendation: Look for a good tourist operator that organize and guide you... More 

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Paris, France
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107 reviews 107 reviews
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

First, the "dangerous" and "go only with a tour agency" are not true anymore. For years this place was off limits, and now one can visit it again. You can go with a tour agency from Bogota or Villavicencio but it's best to go by yourself and arrange a guide there, you'll have more flexibility. There are flights from Bogota... More 

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bournemouth
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We booked through Vinatur, took the bus from Bogota to Villavicencio, flights to La Macarena, canoe up river, 4x4 transfer, then a walk of 30 mins. The operators, local people, and our guide, were fantastic!! The river is gorgeous, a true wonder of nature, with beautiful red plants and plenty of natural swimming pools. Take rubber shoes, long sleeves, and... More 

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