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Do you know about Cano Cristales – The River of Fiver Colors?

Cano Cristales is located in Sierra de la Macarena, Columbia. For most of the year, this river is no different than other rivers. However, during a specific period between wet and dry season of the year (mostly between June to November), this river transforms in the pool of rainbow colors.

Cano Cristales is rich in algae, and when there is less water level, this algae feeds on sunlight and glows. We can see different colors like red, orange, yellow, green, etc.. It also known as “The River of Five Colors”.

Here are few interesting facts about this River of Five Colors – Cano Cristales: 

1. It is believed that there are no fishes in Cano Cristales.

Cano Cristales -The River of Five Colors

2. The river is 100 kms (62 Miles) long and lies in Serrania de la Macarena National Park.

3. Cano Cristales is accessed only via aircraft and then boat. Once we reach there via boat, we need to hike to see this beauty of nature.

4. Red color in the river is formed by river-weed Macarenia clavigera. It changes from green to red when sunlight and water are at certain level.

5. Other colors in the river are formed by combination of water, rocks, sand and algae.




6. Tourists were unable to access the place from 1989 to 2008, mainly due to guerrilla warfare. However, the place is accessible from 2009.

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7. Cano Cristales is also known as “The River of Five Colors”.

8. The river consists of many waterfalls and pools/holes. Some pools are open for tourists to swim.

Cano Cristales -The River of Five Colors

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