Caño Cristales, the “River of 5 colors” of Colombia

The most beautiful river in the world in Colombia

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If you find the prettiest frozen rivers than under a blazing sun, you might change your mind and from British swimming in the Caño Cristales.

At first glance, Caño Cristales could probably go for something that comes straight out of Charlie novel and the Chocolate Factory, but you’re more likely to find it in the Serrania de la Macarena in Colombia, a national park near the city of La Macarena.


Nicknamed “the river that ran away to paradise” and “River of five colors,” Caño Cristales is not like all those pictures until fall. The crystal clear water flows throughout the year, highlighting the mossy rocks. During the short period between the dry and wet season in the region (September-November), the water levels of the river fall and sunlight provide enough light for the foam can flourish.


What happens next is an explosion of colors: dull greens become vibrant, seaweed specimens are illuminated in bright red, purple with shades of magenta. When combined with sunlight, water also takes a blue tint.


The area extends over 100 km long and has regained popularity with tourists since it reopened in 2009 after the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) relaxed their hold 40 years in the region.


In any case, one thing is certain, this river is perhaps the most beautiful on earth during that specific period. This site is located about 150 kilometers south of the capital Bogota.