Cano Cristales is a beautiful river
Cano Cristales is a river of five colors located in the mountains Serrania de la Macarena. Cano Cristales located in remote, isolated not easily accessible by road. Adventurous tourists can now fly into the nearby town of La Macarena. From there it was a short trip into “Serrania de la Macarena,” the national park where Cano Cristales located. Cano Cristales filled with waterfalls, rapids, wells and hollows, with water so clear you can see all the way to the bottom. For many – years with the rock river flowing green algae. Algae in the water produce a riot of red, blue, green, black and yellow line the river. This river has no fish because of the complexity of the channel.
Cano Cristales was effectively closed to tourists for several years because of guerrilla activity in the region along with concerns about the impact of tourist traffic that is not regulated. It was reopened to visitors in 2009, and today there are several Colombian Tourist Agencies that will fly travelers to La Macarena. From there, they have to make their way to the river site on horseback (or donkeyback) and by foot as part of a tour. Visitors are not allowed to stay overnight or cook. However, in Cano Cristales for a short time each year, flower the river in an explosion vibrant colors. Over the short term between wet and dry seasons, when the water right, a unique species of plant that lines the river floor called Macarenia clavigera turns a brilliant red. This is offset by splotches of yellow and green sand, blue water, and a thousand shades in between. It is also the case for a short time in between seasons. During the rainy season Colombia, the water flows too fast and deep, cover the bottom of the river and denying clavigera Macarenia sun needed to turn red. During the dry season there is not enough water to support the dazzling array of life in the river. But for a few weeks from September to November, the river turned into a rainbow of true life. Cano Cristales indeed beautiful.