Cano Cristales River Tour - the Most Beautiful River on Earth
Day 1: Morning Flight Bogotá – La Macarena. Reception of passengers at the La Macarena airport. This day we will depart from la Macarena 20 minutes to visit Caño Cristalitos by boat, one of the important creeks of the area that host the Macarenia Clavigera in its waters, the plants which changes the colors to pink. This is a trip that takes a little more than half day. We take a boat by the Guayabero river and then arriving to the point we do a short hike getting to the river and the returning, like a loop During this day we can go into the water to enjoy a bath in the river.
Duration:4 to 5 hours approx.
Distance: 4kms length, flat hike between trees and rocks.
Day 2: Caño Cristales visit.
This day we will depart from la Macarena for a Caño Cristales tour, one of the most famous places to visit in Colombia, this little river full of rocky formations where the famous plants lives. This a trip that we do by boat and a later hiking. Takes more than half a day as well. Includes lunch and you will have time as well to go into the river if you want.
Duration:5 to 6 hours approx.
Distance: 3,8kms length, flat hike between trees and rocks.
Day 3: Ciudad de Piedra Hike
This day we do a hike at Ciudad de Piedra, a place located 1 hour by boat on the Guayabero river, and later doing a hike, to this place in the savanna where the rocky formation creates shapes like if they were labyrinths of rock, resembling an abandoned city. In the afternoon we will return to Macarena to the hotel.
Duration: Full Day Activity. (only the hiking is between 5 to 6 hours).
Distance: 12kms length, flat hike between trees and rocks.
(12kms hike round trip, very small inclination going up at the beginning, then flat hike among rocky formations, pastures and the jungle, this one is a circuit hike).
Day 4: Sunrise trip and return to Bogotá.
This day before retuning back to Bogotá, early in the morning we go out hoping to enjoy the beautiful sunrise at the savanna.
Arrive to Bogotá.
Caño Piedra: We take a car from Macarena 25 to 30 minutes by an unpaved road then we do a small hike of only 700 meters to arrive to the Pools of Caño Piedra, this is a small creek where we and go and enjoy a couple of hours swimming in the pristine and nice waters of this small river very close to Macarena town. This activity is recommended when you only have a few time for arriving later than usual or maybe before the return flight from Macarena.
Duration:2 hours approx.
Distance: 0,7kms length, flat hike between trees and rocks.
Cristalitos View Point: To the view point of Cristalitos tour we add a piece of extra hike to the normal hike of Cristalitos, this one is a little bit more demanding than usual because it is climbing a hill. After departing from Macarena 20 minutes by boat, when arriving we do a little demanding hike climbing 680mts that might take 1 hour maximum. After this we do the same tour that we usually do at Cristalitos.
Duration: 5 to 6 hours approx.
Distance: 4,9kms length, hilly hike between trees and rocks
Caño Canoas day trip: Today we depart from Macarena by car around 3 hours away from the town, one of the most spectacular waterfalls of the jungle in Colombia, Caño Canoas, this a day trip (almost 60KM to get there by unpaved road).
After the 4x4 trip we would do a short hike to reach Caño Canoas area, where we would enjoy the rest of the day walking by the river, swimming and enjoying. The lunch would be at the end of the hike to the waterfall circuit. You will have the chance to take a bath in the waters of the waterfall.
Distance: 2,8km round way
Time of the Activity: 3hours plus lunch time.
THIS ACTIVITY WILL GO IN 4X4 only IF THE GROUP IS MINIMUM OF 2 PEOPLE. IF IS ONLY ONE PERSON THE IDEA IS TO SEND THE PERSON ON A MOTORBIKE. (PREVIUS AGREEMENT) UNLESS THEY ACCEPT TO PAY THE EXTRA CHARGE OF THE 4X4).
There is a supplement for adding this day trip (in COP):
Hiking of Guayabero Canyon Miradores: In this option we do the hiking as round trip walk which would be 9,8km it might take 6 hours minimum with some stops to rest and enjoy the views.
We will do the hiking of los Miradores, which is this trail alongside the top of the Canyon of the Guayabero river, crossing the jungle for 4,8km one way, enjoying the beautiful views of the river, and if we are lucky to see some fauna on the path, like monkeys, birds, or even more!
At the middle of the hike we will have time to rest on the shore of the river while we see and enjoy some petroglyphs carved in the rocks, from an unknown origin and age.
Day trip at Silence Lagoon Jungle Experience Departing in boat by the Guayabero river around 20 minutes.8.8kms by the river. (main ¨Highway¨ to all destinations during the trip.)
At the arrival, 1-hour nature observation hike until the Silence Lagoon. (3.8kms length, flat hike among pastures) this could be done in horseback ride if not interested in hiking. We will arrive to a place where we would be able to swim if we want in the pristine waters of the river entering the lagoon. 1-hour activity and have the lunch with fresh fish served by the community (exist Veggie option).
Later we would go hiking through the jungle another 2km to take the boat to paddle across the lagoon to see its beautiful landscape and fauna and to arrive to the wooden cabins owned by the community where we would stay. At the evening we would have time to share and talk with the locals while the dinner is ready and for the sunset we will go out to the lagoon to see the fauna and the jungle around.
Duration:1 hour and a half.
Distance: 3.8kms length, flat hike among pastures.
Season: From July to November every year (subject to rain).
Basic price per person in Colombian pesos for 2022 (will convert into US$ at time of payment - on Oct. 24, 1,000,000COP = about US$205)
4 days = 4,687,500COP, 3 days = 4,062,500COP
(3 day itinerary would not include the Ciudad de Piedra Hike)
In 2019, La Macarena received the Sustainable Destination Certification from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism. This distinction was achieved thanks to the responsible management of flora and fauna resources, for helping in preserving the culture of the region and for the development of a sustainable tourism that has embraced the local communities since the beginning.
The associations in charge of preserving the ecotourism habitat in the National Natural Park of Sierra de La Macarena have determined that it is strictly prohibited to bring into this protected area single-use plastics such as plastic bags, bottles, straws, containers, cups, and plates. Additionally, due to the importance and care that this ecosystem needs, the corporations have established a limited visitors capacity so that tourists find a space full of nature and without overcrowding.
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