La Manigua Lodge
LA MANIGUA LODGE allows you to experience the same comfort of your home in the middle of the nature that surrounds the most beautiful river in the world, Caño Cristales. Their accommodations are completely immersed inside the tropical forest of La Serranía de la Macarena, surrounded by bird songs and the curiosity of the squirrel monkeys and other species.
The day tours are private and tailor made.
LA MANIGUA LODGE prioritizes low impact on the surrounding forest by using renewable energies and building sustainable constructions, and as reward they get the protection of the trees against the strong winds and the burning sun, and the company of different wild species.
At LA MANIGUA LODGE you will find a space to get excited, reactivate your senses, relax and be amazed with whatever nature wants to show you during your visit. In this natural scene you are our major concern, your senses and emotions are our priority and your experience is their pride.
They have 3 family cabins, each one with one double bed, 2 single beds and an additional bed for children under 12. Each bed has its own mosquito net. They also have 2 double cabins, each one with one queen bed and a single bed, each bed with its own mosquito net.
Services: Private bathroom/ Open shower / Solar energy / Amenities: Towels, blankets, biodegradable body soap and shampoo / biodegradable repellent / Medium net / Guaranteed relaxation / Sounds of nature / Pure air.
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.
Sample 3 Day Itinerary
Day 1: - Welcome at La Macarena airport . Visit to Cormacarena and National Parks office for an introductory talk about the National Park Sierra de La Macarena. Transfer to La Manigua’s office for the check-in. Here you will have time to fill your water bottles with water and change clothes if you need. Transfer to the Guayabero river. We will take a wooden boat to start your first visit, Caño Cristalitos. - 20 minute boat transfer upstream on the Guayabero river. On the way it’s possible to spot some wildlife on the river bank. We will reach a farmers house where we will get ready for your first hike. - 25 minutes up to reach the Mirador, an amazing lookout where your guide will be able to explain everything about the ecosystems and the social history of La Macarena. Then a 45 minute hike along a semi-flat terrain till we reach Caño Cristalitos, where we will have time to appreciate the Macarenia clavigera plant and bathe at small pools. Hike back to the Guayabero river to reach the boat and transfer back to La Manigua Lodge. Time to relax and to enjoy the possible visit of some monkeys before dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast. Our start time will be defined by Cormacarena and National parks randomly (it can be between 6 am and 8 am). 15 minute boat transfer downstream on the Guayabero River -then a 40 minute 4x4 transfer on a bumpy road entering the National Park Sierra de La Macarena. At the National Parks check point, we will get ready for a 30 minute hike to reach our highly expected destination: Caño Cristales. - Once at Caño Cristales, we will start the trail that was assigned by National Parks and Cormacarena. - Inside the National Park we will be around 7 hours, having time for hiking, having lunch, bathing and take a lot of pictures of the colors and waterfalls of this amazing river. - At the end of the hike we will return by the same we entered to reach again La Manigua Lodge. - At the end of the day we will have a cultural activity on the river and dinner.
Day 3 - Breakfast. Our start time will be defined by Cormacarena and National parks randomly (it can be between 6 am and 8 am). - We will have our luggage ready because it comes with us on the boat so we can maximize our time as much as possible. 40 minute 4x4 transfer on a bumpy road entering the National Park Sierra de La Macarena, where we will get ready for the 30 minute hike. This day we will visit the lower basin of Caño Cristales, where this Majestic river enters the jungle and because of the shadow of the forest the Macarenia clavigera plant has an intense green coloration. At the end of the hike we will return to La Macarena, where we will have a room to shower and get ready for the lunch before the flight. - Transfer to the airport and farewell.
Sample 2021 price per person in US$ with 2 people in a double room: $1134
The prices shown are without the extra 19% VAT on top as foreign tourists do not have to pay this tax. We can therefore only guarantee this price if we have copies of the passengers´ passports as proof of their nationality.
Sample 4 Day Itinerary
Days 1 and 2 - same as above
Day 3 - Breakfast . Visit to the Raudan de Angosturas, water rapids created because the Guayabero river has to go through a rock canyon that can only be visited during the dry season. We will take pictures of the water rapids before starting our 90 minute hike to Ciudad de Piedra, a rock labyrinth that belongs to the Guiana shield and a valley full of rock formations that only the wind and the water could have sculpted. - Bathe at Caño El Encanto and enjoy the landscape from the huge rocks that decorate this valley. Return back to La Manigua Lodge and t the end of the day we will have a cultural activity with neighbors.
Day 4 - Breakfast. The time to start the activity will be defined according to the flight schedule. 10 minute hike to reach the horses for a 45 minute horse ride along “morichales” and natural savannahs till we reach Caño Piedra. If we have enough time it’s possible to bathe at a natural pool. Return to La Manigua Lodge by horse (60 minute) and get ready to return to La Macarena by boat and transfer to the airport.
Longer stays are available to visit other attractions such as Laguna del Silencio.
Season: From July to November every year (subject to rain)