3-Day Caño Cristales From La Macarena With Accommodation

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 3 Days
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  • Departure Time :
    9:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered, La Magdalena airport, ,
  • Return Details :
    La Magdalena airport
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Deep in the Colombian Llanos is a mountain called La Serrania de la Macarena, from this mountain a stream originates which later in its journey evolves to become what is commonly known as the worlds most beautiful river. That river is Cao Cristales. This 3-day tour brings you to one of the best kept secrets in the world. The tour starts from VillavicencioAirport.


  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All-inclusive tour
  • Vegetarian meal option available

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Stop At: Cano Cristales, La Macarena, Meta Department
In the morning, you will fly from Vanguardia Airport, located in Villavicencio, to La Macarena. Welcoming at La Macarenas airport and introductory talk about environmental measures in the place. Then, you will be dropped off at the hotel and receive lunch in the village. By the afternoon, you will continue right after to Cao Cristales, the river of five colors, known as the most beautiful river in Colombia with scenic waterfalls and natural swimming pools. Today we will explore the other side stream of Cao Cristales, Brazo Pianos with its different colors, waterfalls and natural swimming pools; Cao Escondido, Cascada de la Virgen, Pianos, Piedra Diosa de la Macarena, Cascada de los Cuarzos, Paso Mojado, Tapetes. The local guide will show the best places to rest and to swim in the river.
Duration: 10 hours

Meals included:
Accommodation included: Accommodation in standard hotels


Stop At: Cano Cristales, La Macarena, Meta Department
After breakfast, you will be heading to Cao Cristales on the same route traveled on day 1. You will take a 20 minutes boat trip over the Guayabero River where we will be able to spot a lot of endemic fauna, such as monkeys, pavas hediondas, lots of other species of birds, and, if we are lucky, also The Caiman of the Guayabero. You will continue in a 44 jeep for about 20 minutes, which will bring you to the Spring of Cajuche and visit the trail of Cormacarena or National Parks. You will have lunch served in the Bijaos banana leafs during the hike.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
Accommodation included: Accommodation in standard hotels


Stop At: Cano Cristales, La Macarena, Meta Department
After breakfast at the hotel, depending on the departure time of your plane, there will be organized an activity in the surroundings of the village. you will go on a boat trip over the Guayabero River, then by jeep to the starting point of the hike to Cao Cristales to discover 3 other spots Piscina Karol Cristal, los Ocos, Piscina del Turista. Activity will be chosen by the local guide depending on weather conditions and the available time including lunch. Afterwards, you will come back for your flight back to Villavicencio.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
No accommodation included on this day.


2x Breakfast

2x Dinner

3x Lunch

Accommodation included: 2 nights

Accommodation in standard hotels

Spanish local guides (or English on request with supplement)

Park entrance to parks, 87000 COP per person (National Parks and Cormacarena)

24/7 assistance in Dutch, English and Spanish

Charter flights Villavicencio-La Macarena-Villavicencio and airport taxes

Transport over land and river in La Macarena


Transport Bogota-Villavicencio- Bogota (available upon request)

Tourism tax of 25.000 COP (approximately $ 9 to be paid in cash on arrival)

Risk Management tax of 10.000 COP per person (approximately $ 3.50)

Drinks and other personal expenses

Optional tips for local guides

English guide on request and depending on availability

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

During the bank holiday weekends or holidays, the program for groups to Cao Cristales might be modified. It might happen because of the limits of visitors per location at a certain time due to the environmental issues and sustainable tourism. The number of days will be the same, but the program might change a bit depending on the other groups visiting the river at the same time. Please note that we cannot offer private Group tours during bank holiday if a group is smaller than 4 pax. In such case we combine different groups into one group for all the activities and visits to Cao Cristales

It is also possible to start and end this tour in La Macarena

Note: The itinerary may be changed during your visit depending on weather conditions, environmental authorities (like Parques Nacionales and Corrmacarena), military authorities or the limit of permissions given to visit Cao Cristales each day

In any case you will always get an alternative without losing any aspect of the given program above

We offer Cao Cristales as an ecological touristic destination. It is very important to follow the instructions of the local guide(s) and never cross or swim in the river without the previous permission of your guide. Nowadays there are only very few places available for swimming in the river in order to protect the environment and Cao Cristales in particular. Do not leave anything behind and do not take anything away from the flora and fauna. Other important requirement is to respect the local communities and culture as well as the decisions made by local authorities (like Parques Nacionales, Coormacarena, army, etc.)

Mosquito repellent and sunblock can be used in the village of La Macarena, but should not be taken to Cao Cristales, as the chemicals might harm the Clavijera Macarenia (water plants of Cao Cristales). Although Cao Cristales is a destination offered as an adventurous trip, we do not have a fixed age limit. You should be aware that young children should be under supervision of their parents, and that for a good and successful visit you should be in good physical shape as you will have to walk a lot over difficult terrain and rocky surface

What to bring to Cao Cristales? Good walking shoes which may get wet during the visit of Cao Cristales. Extra pair of shoes or flip flops. Clothes for hot and humid climate as well as dry clothes for after the visit to Cao Cristales. Swimming suite and towel. Long pants and shirt with long sleeves for the evening/night. Protection against sun, rain, water and mosquitos. Bring a small back pack for personal items when visiting Cao Cristales. Pocket money (no cash machines in la Macarena)

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Food restrictions

Medical restrictions

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

There are a lot of hikes in a difficult terrain and rocky surface

It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.

The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers