If there ever was a beauty pageant amongst rivers, Cano Cristales, Miss Columbia would emerge as the sure-shot winner! 😉
For most part of the year, she’s as unremarkable as any other river could be. But for a short span, between September to November, it’s as if the rainbow dropped down from the skies and melted in the Cano Cristales!
It’s a riot of colors- the turquoise waters slithering over moss-green boulders and the ochre of the fine sand from the riverbed clashing with the scarlet of the Macarenia clavigera, underwater algae unique to the region. No wonder the ‘River of Five Colors‘, as the Cano Cristales is commonly called, holds the distinction of being the ‘most beautiful and colorful river in the world‘!
Check out the magic nature wields with her painting brush:
Certainly looks like a piece of paradise that fell from the heavens, doesn’t it?
I stumbled across an interesting piece of trivia that lends itself perfectly well to the wondrous phenomenon that the Cano Cristales is! Have a read and see if you concur with these guys:
Meet Macarenia Clavigera, the amazing algae, which in clumps, renders the river its bloody hue.
The bummer is that this handiwork of the Gods is almost in No Man’s Land. 😦 As part of the landscape of the breathtaking Serrania de la Macarena National Park, trekking through unmarked forest trails leading to the miracle is a given. It’s an arduous journey, but one that your camera will profusely thank you for!
What: Cano Cristales river, a succession of rapids and waterfalls. It originates from the plateau south of the Serranía de la Macarena and empties into the Guayabero River. It is 100 kms in length and 20 kms. wide.
Where: In the Columbian green lung Serrania de la Macarena, located in the province of Meta. Accessible via the nearest town ‘La Macarena’ that is serviced by an airport.
When: Recommended from late June to early December. At its striking best between September to November.
For Whom: Anyone who needs a humbling down by nature!