Caño Cristales – The River Of 5 Colors


This explosion of color is caused by a unique combination of factors. The red comes from a plant called Macarenia clavigera, which thrives in the wet, sunny conditions and turns the riverbed a fiery red. Other colors are attributed to the presence of green algae, yellow sand, black rocks, and the inherent blue of the water, which combine to create a breathtaking spectacle.
Sadly, the delicate balance of the ecosystem is easily disrupted. To protect the river, the Colombian government restricts access during the dry season (December to June) to allow the Macarenia clavigera to grow and the ecosystem to regenerate.
If you're ever fortunate enough to visit Caño Cristales, remember to be a responsible tourist and follow the guidelines set in place to preserve this natural wonder for generations to come.


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