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Caño Cristales 3-Day Tour from Medellin

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Discover the multi-colored magic of the ‘Caño Cristales’ River during this 4-day, 3-night excursion from Medellín. Marvel at the rainbow-colored algae of this visually-striking river, stopping to soak in the various pools along its banks. During your visit you’ll also enjoy a scenic hike through ‘Los Pilones’ Canyon and visit the Caño Piedra area. Flights, some meals and overnight accommodation are included.
    What to Expect

    Day 1: Medellín - La Macarena

    Stop At: Cano Cristales, La Macarena Colombia
    Get up at first lights, have breakfast and meet our driver at the hotel entrance to take you to the airport by 9:00 am. You will fly for about an hour to La Macarena, a village located in southern region of Colombia that once was unthinkable to visit due to the internal conflict, but now has become an important touristic hub. La Macarena is a good example of social empowerment from a community who has managed to work together in order to preserve and benefit from the natural treasure they have just a few miles away: Caño Cristales.

    After being picked up at the airport by your local guide, you will be taken to a mandatory 30-minute brief given by Cormacarena, the tourism bureau of the place. After that, you will walk for 10 minutes through the village to La Cascada Hotel. Put your hiking shoes on because the action starts from now on. After you settle in, you will have lunch and embark on a boat that will take you through Guayabero River for 25 minutes. After that, you will walk for about an hour and reach Caño Cristalitos, an amazing natural spa with small ponds filled with the characteristic algae that give this river its colorful look. For those willing to walk more, the visit can go further to El Mirador, a point where you will enjoy of an amazing view of the wild savannah bordered with the Macarena Mountain Range (1.5 hours hike up to the top of a mountain). In the afternoon, you will get back to the hotel and have dinner at La Macarena.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: La Cascada Hotel

    Day 2: Caño Cristales River

    Stop At: Cano Cristales, La Macarena Colombia
    On this day you will visit the main sector of Caño Cristales River. After having breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up to ride for an hour by boat and jeep to get to the starting point of the hike. This hike has different levels and can last from 30 minutes to 4 hours. Once you reach the river, you will visit many different spots; you will have the chance to swim and relax at the colorful ponds and enjoy your box lunch at the site. In the afternoon, you will have time to rest at the hotel before the dinner event where you will enjoy “ternera a la llanera” a typical beef preparation of the Colombian flatlands while listening to a live band of “joropo”, the characteristic music of that part of Colombia. 
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: La Cascada Hotel

    Day 3: La Macarena - Medellín

    Stop At: Cano Cristales, La Macarena Colombia
    On your last day at La Macarena, you will visit Los Pilones, which is a scenic hike through a stone canyon with lush green vegetation. A true delight for outdoor lovers. Alternatively, you will visit Caño Pedra, another good spot for taking a bath at a crystal-clear water river in the in the middle of the vast savannah (this doesn’t entail hiking). At the end of the hike, you will visit another section of the river, returning to La Macarena by lunchtime. In the afternoon, you will get your flight back to Medellín. Upon arrival, a driver will pick you from the airport and take you to your Medellín hotel.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up service from Medellín Hotels /Accommodations. Please enter your pick up details.

    * Note: pick-up from other towns have an additional cost (including but not limited to Envigado, Bello, Itagüí, Rionegro). Please contact us to arrange it.
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    3 days
    • 2x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 2 nights
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Travel insurance
    • Airplane tickets Medellín-La Macarena-Medellín
    • 2 hotel nights
    • Local transportation between sites
    • Local Spanish-speaking guide
    • Taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Cano Cristales
    • English-speaking Guide
    • Unspecified food and beverage
    • Personal expenses
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • The season where the plants that give Caño Cristales its color only grow from June to November, which is the rain season
    • In Caño Cristales and Caño Cristalitos, it is forbidden to use sunscreen and mosquito repellent but you can use them for the rest of the trip.
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • You will be assigned to a group that has the same hiking level as you
    • Don’t expect luxury. The highlight of the trip is 100% nature! All meals are provided by the restaurant of the hotel and there are no hot showers.
    • Changes on the tour may occur due to external factors. These changes will be notified to you with anticipation.
    • NOTE: A yellow fever vaccine certificate will be required to board the plane to La Macarena.
    • Please Note: English support is limited/basic. This product doesn't offer a guided tour, it offers only basic support by your driver/guide.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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