Cristal Stream Macarena National Park Colombia


Cristal Stream Macarena National Park

4 days - River of 5 colors

  • Cristal Stream Macarena National Park

Caño Cristales the most beautiful river in the world awaits you! This river overflows the visitors imagination. The intense red of the algae that covers the riverbed (Macarenia Clavijera) amazes even the most experienced explorer. On top of all this, nature has sculpted in its rocky riverbed extraordinary formations that make us feel as if in the most fantastical of dreams. A unique natural scenario in a marvellous region, Serranía Macarena National Natural Park in Colombia!

We have travel programs with departing flights from Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Villavicencio.

We can also help you with other national and international connecting flights.

Includes:

  • Airfare Bogotá/Cali/Medellín-La Macarena-Bogotá/Cali/Medellín
  • Welcome at the La Macarena airport
  • Water and land transportation in La Macarena
  • Lodging in comfortable tourist category hotel (rooms with private bathroom, bed, dresser, fan or A.C. ease of mobility within La Macarena´s urban area)
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared with products from the are visited.
  • Parrando Llanero, (traditional party) culture, dance and llanero folklore
  • Certified Turismo de Naturaleza native guides
  • Travel assist card
  • Permission for entrance to the park
  • Nature experiences: According to the number of days and trails assigned by Cormacarena, we will visit: Caño Cristales trail de los pianos, trail salto del águila, trail los pailones, trail caño escondido

Doesn´t Include:

  • Hydration, it is recommended to bring a thermos or water bottle to refill and be environmentally conscious  
  • La Macarena municipal tourism tax $26.000cop for Colombians and $39.000cop for foreigners (decree #0-29; Mayor's office)
  • Entrance fee to the natural hot springs (paid to the community) $12.000cop per person
  • Trip to National Natural Park La Macarena (Colombians under 25y/o $28.300cop, Colombians over 25y/o $60.000cop, Colombians over 65y/o are exempt from payment. Foreigners $92.000cop)
  • La Macarena airport fee $6.000cop
  • Expenses not specified in the program
  • Alimentación
  • Gastos Personales

Day 1. LA MACARENA

We start this experience with the arrival at the Macarena Airport, you can start breathing a different more pure air. Once we land we will head to the Cormacarena and National Parks office where we will receive an environmental introductory 15 minute talk. We will move to the hotel for room assignments. Depending on arrival time, you may be able to take our nature walk to Caño Cristalitos. We will take a 4x4 car for 20 minutes, then pass the guayabero river and walk 1500 mts through savannah landscape (typical of the Orinoquia) where we will enjoy the beautiful colors of the Macarenia Clavigera.

For travelers who arrive after midday, we will have two options:

Option 1 (route to Lozada river)

40 minute canoe or boat ride down Guayabero river enjoying the scenery (birds, babillas, turtles and other animals of the region)

Option 2 (Llanero sunset)

25 minute drive through the immense plains of la Macarena, you will be able to appreciate and enjoy the typical landscape of the plains (morichales, green dunes, and in the distance the majestic Serranía of la Macarena).

We will return the same way we left, to the urban area of La Macarena, to enjoy a delicious dinner and rest.

Day 2. CAÑO CRISTALES - EMBLEMATIC ATTRACTIONS

As we become more accustomed to La Macarena, we start unwinding and leaving the stress from the city behind, on the contrary your body and mind will feel at peace and tranquil to connect with the majestic nature of Caño Cristales.

After breakfast we will start a boat ride down Guayabero river enjoying the landscape, then a 20 minute drive down the highway to the Cajuche spring, place that welcomes you to Caño Cristales. next the walk down the path assigned by Cormacarena and National Parks.

Some of the most representative places that can be visited are: ´los cuarzos´, the Karol cristal pool, ´Los ochos´,´the tourist pool´, ´Los tapetes´, among others.

Once your hungry, nothing more amazing than a lunch packed in plantain leaves ´bijaos´ as a way to integrate with the Caño Cristales nature and avoid generating non organic residue. We will return the same way we left, to the urban area of La Macarena.

At night, a ´parrando llanero´, where you can enjoy ´joropo´ (traditional dance of the region) and llanera music. Ideal space for cultural exchange, you will have the chance to learn more about the gastronomy, folclore and the typical culture of the region. Followed by dinner and rest.

*Remember to take into account that path assignments have to do with park capacity and physical capabilities of the travelers. Though some are longer than others, in general, each path is a wonderful place to visit.

Day 3. CAÑO CRISTALES - GREEN OR RED MAGIC

Did you know that after 3 days being in nature and without electronics, creativity in adults and children is released and our brain starts to generate new and original connections to awaken our senses? At this point you are recharged and full of energy to start another journey through the most beautiful river in the world!

After breakfast we will get to Caño Cristales as we did on day 2. Start the path down the path of ´los Pailones´, green sector of Caño Cristales. Here, plants exhibit a dazzling emerald green and the river parts between an impressive stone canyon. Some of the attractions in this area are ´the hill of the Marimbas´, ´Los estrechos´, ´pool of the pailón´. In case the assignment is to a different attraction, we will visit the red sector of Caño Cristales, we will also observe plants this time bright red that contrast with the flowing crystal clear water. You will love them!

As we know you are a responsible traveler, you will enjoy a delicious lunch wrapped in plantain leaves ´bijaos´.

You will be able to enjoy the natural pools of crystal clear water, relax and meld with the nature of the place. Later we will return to La Macarena, where you can rest, walk around the settlement and at night enjoy a delicious dinner.

*Remember to take into account that path assignments have to do with park capacity and physical capabilities of the travelers. Though some are longer than others, in general, each path is a wonderful place to visit.

Day 4. CAÑO CRISTALES -

Since you have been swimming in some of the best places in Caño Cristales the day before, our day will start early in the morning. These are the options:

Option 1. Route to Lozada River (departure 6am)

40 minute boat ride down Guayabero river enjoying the scenery, this is the time to sharpen your senses: birds, babillas, turtles and other animals of the region, will amaze you!

Option 2. Llanero sunrise (departure 4:30am)

25 minute car ride through the immense plains of La Macarena, where you will be able to appreciate, feel and experience the splendid landscape of the plains (morichales, green dunes, and in the distance the majestic Serranía of la Macarena).

We return to the urban area and enjoy a delicious breakfast, followed by room check out, then make our way to the airport for the return flight.

THIS ADVENTURE WAS THE START OF MANY NATURE EXPERIENCES THAT WILL MAKE YOUR HEART JUMP!

Select an experience according to your needs:

Comfort
Bajo
Travel Style
Aventura
Physical effort
Mínimo
Easy to get
Medio
Duration
Corto
Sustainability
Nivel 2

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Recomendacion basicas: es importante ir preparado para lluvia intensa o sol intenso hacia medio día. Llevar lo estrictamente básico.

No llevar prendas o elementos camuflados. Llevar documentos de identificación y carné de salud. Envolver documentos y equipos electrónicos en bolsas plásticas.

En la Macarena no hay cajeros electrònicos y el principal medio de transporte es el mototaxi. Los dìas miercoles no hay comercio ya que es el dìa de descanso.

El horario de la energìa electrica es usualmente de 3:00 p.m a 11:00 p.m. No està permitido tomar fotografìas a las instalaciones militares ni a los uniformados sin su consentimiento.

Se recomienda llevar snorkel o careta para poder apreciar bajo el agua en el rio. Importante estar vacunado contra el tetano y la fiebre amarilla.


Preguntas frecuentes en el viaje a Caño Cristales !

1. ¿Cuál es la mejor época? De Junio a Noviembre ( Es el período de lluvias que mantienen al río con todos sus colores)

2. ¿En que se vuela? En DC3 o avionetas de 3 o 5 pasajeros

3. ¿La seguridad en la zona? Las autoridades locales y ambientales coordinan con el ejercito los permisos y los lugares que pueden ser visitados para la tranquilidad del visitante.

4. ¿Cuantas personas van por grupo? Para facilitar desplazamientos y agilidad en la excursión máximo 12 personas

5. ¿Cómo son los caminos? Senderos no demarcados y en algunos casos toca trepar o cruzar los rios. Es importante llevar calzado con buen agarre y en lo posible un bastón

6. ¿Cómo es la alimentación? La comida durante los dias de caminata se lleva desde el pueblo para facilitar la estadìa en el río. Los demas dias se compra en restaurantes del pueblo o se organiza en el campamento con los locales que la ofrezcan. En promedio uno gasta $ 80.000 - $ 100.000 pesos por persona en alimentacion en todo el viaje.

7. ¿Cuáles Vacunas se recomiendan? Contra la fiebre amarilla y el tetano. Ninguna es obligatoria

8. ¿Hay muchos insectos? Es un ambiente humedo y selvatico donde ademas hay ganado por lo cual hay insectos. Se debe usar repelente. Temperatura promedio (30 grados centigrados) puede llegar hasta 35 grados con humedad

9. ¿En que se duerme? Hotel en el pueblo de La Macarena. Todos los hoteles son muy basicos con ventilador. Normalmente los hoteles igual que todo el pueblo en la noche no tienen energia. En algunos casos, si el grupo lo requiere se puede organizar camping en vez de hotel.

Guía general de implementos

  • Morral de 50 Lt de capacidad
  • Canguro para portar los documentos
  • Morral pequeño para las caminatas diarias
  • Camisetas y pantalones de sudadera de colores claros y manga largo, no llevar jean
  • Cachucha
  • Bloqueador solar
  • Toalla
  • Repelente
  • Capa plástica
  • Sandalias o tenis con suela de buen agarre, tenis de repuesto
  • Cantimplora
  • Gafas para el sol
  • Linterna
  • Ropa para dormir
  • Cámara fotográfica
  • Baterías de repuesto para la cámara o linterna
  • Esparadrapo, microporo y cremas contra la irritación

Política de Pago

  • Para la confirmación de la reserva el 50% del valor total del plan debe ser cancelado 15 días calendario antes de la llegada.
  • Máximo 5 días antes del viaje se paga el restante 50%

Travel Insurance TOTAL included in this tourist package

Don´t forget to read our Cancellation Policy and the Service Policy included in all our tourist packages


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Price: $ 2.190.000 COP
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