Caño Cristales 3-Day Trip from Bogotá

Amazonía

3 days

Small Group

Travel for three days to the stunning Caño Cristales from Bogotá. Don't miss out on visiting the famous Rainbow River and enjoy all the wonders and display of biodiversity it has to offer.

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$691USD Per person

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Deep in the Sierra de la Macarena mountain range of Colombia lies a place where one of the most astonishing natural wonders on Earth rises: Caño Cristales “the five-color river.” Don't miss the opportunity to witness the uniqueness of its beauty by yourself to make new indelible live experiences. Also, get to know the locals of La Macarena who cooperate to preserve this natural treasure and bring peace and prosperity to the region. 

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1

Your adventure begins as we greet you at La Macarena airport and transfer you to your hotel. After settling into your room, get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey into the heart of the jungle.

Your first excursion will take you on a scenic boat ride along the Guayabero River, a lifeline that winds its way through the lush rainforest. As you glide along the river's tranquil waters, you'll be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle, immersing yourself in its natural beauty.

After a picturesque 25-minute boat ride, you'll disembark and embark on a leisurely 30-minute hike to Caño Cristalitos, a hidden gem known for its crystal-clear waters and natural pools. Here, you'll have the opportunity to unwind and rejuvenate in the refreshing pools, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle. As you soak in the tranquil ambiance, indulge in a delicious lunch prepared with fresh local ingredients, savoring the flavors of the Amazon.

As the afternoon draws to a close, you'll make your way back to La Macarena, where you'll enjoy a hearty dinner and spend the night at your hotel. Relax and recharge as you prepare for another day of adventure in this enchanting corner of Colombia's Amazon rainforest.

 

Day 2

On Day 2 of your adventure in La Macarena, prepare for an exhilarating exploration of the legendary Caño Cristales. After fueling up with a delicious breakfast, you'll set out on a thrilling journey that will take you deep into the heart of Colombia's Amazon rainforest.

Your day begins with a scenic boat ride along the Guayabero River, followed by a thrilling ride in a rugged 4X4 vehicle to the entrance of Caño Cristales. From there, your unforgettable trekking adventure begins, as you traverse the breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders that await.

Throughout the day, you'll have the opportunity to visit some of Caño Cristales' most iconic attractions, including Los Hoyos, Los Pianos, the Piscina del Turista, Los Cuarzos, and the Paso de la Danta, among others. Immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters of natural pools, capture stunning photographs of cascading waterfalls, and marvel at the unique natural environments that surround you.

As you explore, you'll enjoy a delicious lunch amidst the beauty of Caño Cristales, fueling your adventure with fresh local flavors. After a day filled with unforgettable experiences, you'll make your way back to La Macarena, where you can relax and reflect on the incredible sights and sounds of the Amazon rainforest.

 

Day 3

After an early morning breakfast, your guide will be waiting for you to embark on an unforgettable adventure. Together, you'll journey towards the Inderena port, where a boat awaits to transport you on a 30-minute ride along the Guayabero River to the mouth of the Losada River.

During this scenic boat ride, lasting approximately half an hour, keep your eyes peeled for the majestic pink dolphins, also known as freshwater dolphins, that inhabit these waters. As you glide along the river, you'll be surrounded by the rich biodiversity of the Macarena mountain range, with opportunities to spot various bird species, turtles, crocodiles, and other fascinating wildlife.

Before noon, you'll return to La Macarena, where your journey concludes. Here, you'll bid farewell to the breathtaking landscapes and vibrant wildlife of the region as you catch your flight back to the bustling city of Bogotá.

Included

  • Lodging (At la Macarena, fan)
  • All meals
  • In destination transportation
  • Local Spanish-speaking guide
  • All described tours
  • Insurance
  • Lodging at a rural eco lodge (only valid for add-on)

Not Included

  • English Speaking Guide (unless booked with this option)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off in Bogota (You can book this service as an Add-On)
  • Tips
  • Flight tickets

Important information

FLIGHTS

Our upfront price does not include flights for two reasons. Every season there are different companies and charters with different frequencies, and second, because the price can vary a lot according to the travel date. Managing flights directly is very tricky, even for the most seasoned travelers, this is why we offer our travelers to help them book their flights with a 10% fee on the final price. The average price for a return ticket from Bogota is US$200, if you travel in week days we can get better deals. Once you book, one of our travel consultants will give you the options available for your travel dates.  
Flights are NOT available for departure or arrival on Tuesdays

Colors Season

The season where the plants that give Caño Cristales its color only grow from June to November, which is the rain season. We don't recommend traveling to Caño Cristales before June or after November because you probably won't enjoy the scenery (the river will be dry and thus without plants). Please keep that in mind, when you plan your trip! 

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.

A yellow fever vaccine certificate may be required by authorities. We strongly recommend getting the shot.  

Trip Option and upgrades

The default version of this trip is a group tour and the accommodation is at a small hotel at La Macarena village. The tours are run on small groups of 8 participants max. You will be assigned to a group that has the same hiking level as you. The program on day 1 and 3 will be adapted according to your level. On day 2 (Caño Cristales), there are several routes in the reserve that vary in length. You will be assigned to a route according to your hiking level. 

The add-on version includes an upgrade in lodging at an eco-lodge, 25min drive from the village, and all the excursions are private. If you are interested, please contact us.

We have an optional 4-day trip with an extra day to visit Laguna del Silencio. If you are interested, please contact us.

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 and no AC (rooms have FAN and electricity, wifi is present but unstable).

 

AVAILABLE TO BOOK FROM JUNE 30 2024
 

Additional information

Things to bring:

  • Hiking shoes
  • Rain Jacket
  • Canteen
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit
  • Long Sleeve shirts
  • Hiking pants
  • Small backpack

Cancellation policies
(Free cancellation available)

For land (hotel, transfers, experiences, meals). You can cancel anytime and get a refund according to the time you cancel.
- Up to 15 days before the trip: 100% refund. 

- 10 to 14 days before the trip: 80% refund. 

- 5 to 9 days before the trip: 40% refund. 

- 0 to 4 days before the trip: non-refundable. 

 

In case you get covid. Impulse has flexible policies in case you or any traveler of you group has covid. With a positive test, you can claim a 50% refund with a last minute cancellation and the remaining part will be kept as a credit valid for 2 years. 

 

For Air: Cancellation policies will depend on the airline or charter service. If you book through us and cancel, we will keep the 10% fee we charge for air, and we will represent your interest to get the best possible outcome of a cancellation. 

 

Rain or shine: We don’t consider rain as a valid reason to cancel. Excursions might be rearranged for meteorological reasons.

Reviews

The following reviews are real and have been verified. They are pulled from our online profiles at Trip Advisor and Google Business.

BobLindaF | Bogotá | Oct 2023

Experience of a Lifetime!
★★★★★

Our adventure to Cano Cristales, the “rainbow river” was nothing short of AWESOME!!! Our bi-lingual guide, Pedro H., was absolutely wonderful, knowledgeable, thoughtful and so helpful. We are an older couple, who had always dreamed of seeing the river. Pedro was so patient and caring with us and it was very much appreciated. We felt safe at all times. The people who live in La Macarena are friendly and welcoming. We loved the boat rides down the Guaviare River to get to the park and all the wildlife you saw along the way. The “dinner show” was so fun and a delightful cultural experience. We HIGHLY recommend this tour!

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Trek44146350594 | Bogotá | Sep 2023

Amazing tour of the best natural wonders
★★★★★

Booked through Tripadvisor with service through Impulse Travel. Laura was great at communicating with me the whole time about flights, hotel pick up and questions i had. Vladamir was my tour guide and was great. He explained the history or the area and answered all questions that were asked. In addition to taking photos for us solo travelers. Overall it was a great experience at the river and with Impulse travel. The only hickup was the initial booking. I picked my dates of the tour from what the TripAdvisor website said was available and based the rest of my trip to Colombia around those dates. Thats when Laura had contacted me and said that there were no flights out on the day i picked and the next one was 3 days later. So i had to make adjustments to my trip in order to be able to go. This seemed more like a TripAdvisor error on their website than on Impulse Travel. But it was still a great experience!

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Tracy Madryga | Bogotá | Aug 2023

Amazing Caño Cristales
★★★★★

Amazing experience! Nelson was a fantastic guide and made sure everyone had the experience they wanted. I was traveling solo, but placed in a group with a slightly older couple for the first two days of the trip. They were very serious about photography and Nelson made sure they were able to stop and get all the shots they wanted while he made sure I was still having a good time by making sure I had time to swim and offering to take photos of me in various spots. On the last day, I had Pedro as my guide since the other couple had a different itinerary. Pedro was also fantastic and made sure I got to my flight and helped me when my charter flight was delayed. All in all this was a fantastic experience with amazing sights you can’t see just anywhere in the world. It was a bit expensive because this area is very remote so very difficult to get to, but everything was included so it was nice to not have to figure out where to get food or water for a few days, plus all transportation was included including hotel pickup and dropoff. I only had time in my schedule to do the 3 day tour, but I highly recommend to others to stay longer if you can. There is so much to see in this area! I was unfortunately not able to spot any pink dolphins on my trip, but nature is unpredictable so I knew that part wasn’t guaranteed. Impulse Travel did a great job responding quickly whenever I had questions and they were also very flexible with me when I had very inflexible travel dates to work with. I would recommend them to anyone!

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