1-Week Cano Cristales Colombia Tour, You'll visit incredible places

Nature hikes in La Macarena National Park

See the famous Caño Cristales!

Private 8-day tour

Out of the city and into the Colombian jungle

Caño Cristales, also known as the “River of Five Colors” or “Liquid Rainbow,” makes a striking statement of its own. It is one of Colombia’s most unique and exciting attractions to travel to. As a matter of fact, on this tour there is a lot more than just a river, you will have the opportunity to go to the Macarena National Park, where jungles, savannahs and much more can be encountered. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it’s worth going to spend a few days out in the wild with this natural phenomenon. Grab your hiking boots and let’s head out into nature on this jungle adventure. 

What you’ll see

La Macarena

Guayabero River, plains of La Macarena

Caño Cajuche, Pianos trail, Sendero del Águila trail, Sendero Pailones trail

Variety of waterfalls, natural pools, and other natural formations

Medellín

Peñol Rock & Guatapé

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Trip details

Trip details
Price:

From $1200 USD per person (please inquire for a more accurate quote)

5 passengers $92
6 passengers $83
7-10 passengers $81
11-14 passengers $78
15-19 passengers $68
20-24 passengers $63
25+ passengers $61


Availability:

June to November

Please note: these tours are private, making them highly customizable and tailored to your needs. We are happy to adjust our itinerary to fit your schedule and your interests.


Duration:

8 days, 7 nights


Group size:

1 – 10


Included:
  • Lodging
  • Meals (depending on the itinerary)
  • Private guided visits
  • Entrance fees to attractions mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transportation (except flights)
  • Flights to and from La Macarena
  • 24/7 assistance

Please note: flights to Colombia are not included.


How you'll travel:

Private transportation between certain locations as well as to and from the airport; well-kept vehicles with air conditioning. Between cities, we will be traveling by airplane.

Please note: travelers are responsible for arranging and purchasing their own international flights — we will make recommendations on airlines and dates upon booking. We will arrange and purchase the flights to and from La Macarena for you.


About the staff:

Accompanying you on your adventure will be a beloved, bilingual member of our team to guide you as well as one of our talented drivers.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Medellín

Upon your arrival to Medellín, our staff will collect you at the airport and help you get settled in. We’ll give you the day to rest up from your flight before starting our adventure tomorrow!

Day 2: Medellín to Caño Cristales
Breakfast & dinner included | flight to La Macarena included | explore La Macarena

Our adventure begins with a 11:20AM transport to the Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport for a flight to La Macarena (included), where we will be…

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…spending the entirety of our trip. Depending on what time we arrive, we will either take a 40-minute cruise along the Guayabero River to enjoy the scenery and the wildlife or a 25-minute car ride through the expansive plains of La Macarena. A dinner and an early night will be necessary for us to prepare for our hiking-intensive trip ahead!

Day 3: Caño Cristales
Breakfast, lunch, & dinner included | Caño Cristales Pianos trail

Before we can begin our outdoor adventure in La Macarena National Park, we will enjoy an orientation presentation from the environmental entities (PNN, CORMACARENA) to…

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…help us maintain the park as we explore it. Then, it’s anchors away! We set sail on the Guayabero River to enjoy the scenery for just under a half hour, at which point we’ll hop onto some 4×4 vehicles and make our way to the Caño Cajuche. Lace up your hiking books and let’s hit the Caño Cristales Pianos trail! Along the way, we’ll see plenty of incredible natural phenomena, like waterfalls and hidden channels. On our hike, we’ll find a nice spot to stop off the trail to enjoy our lunch, wrapped in a Bijao leaf (since plastic isn’t allowed into the park!). At the end of the day, we’ll head back to La Macarena for dinner and a much-needed rest.

Day 4: Caño Cristales
Breakfast, lunch, & dinner included | Sendero del Águila trail

Our 4x4s return us to the Caño Cajuche, where we head in a different direction toward Caño Cristales, this time taking the Sendero del Águila trail. Get ready a set of new sights and amazing creatures to see! This trail isn’t too long (just under 1.5 km), so we will have plenty of time for photos, lunch, and enjoying the raw nature that surrounds us.

Day 5: Caño Cristales
Breakfast, lunch, & dinner included | Sendero Pailones trail | evening folk show

Our third and last ecological hike of the trip comes to us on day 5. This time, we’re taking the Sendero Pailones trail, which will…

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…lead us to Las Marimbas Hill and El Pailón Pool. We’ll have a bit shorter of a day out in the park today, since we have an evening event. At our evening folk show, we’ll not only sample local cuisine, but also we’ll enjoy music and dance performed by local Colombians. This is the perfect send-off from the magical escape of Caño Cristales and back to the big city.

Day 6: Caño Cristales to Medellín
Breakfast included | afternoon tour of Medellín

A morning flight will bring us back to the reality of Medellín. Once we settle in the hotel, we’ll embark on an afternoon tour of Medellín. We’ll see Botero Plaza, Barefoot Park, Pueblito Paisa, and so much more! Feel free to read more about it on our Medellín City Tour page.

Day 7: Peñol Rock & Guatapé
Breakfast & lunch included | Peñol Rock | colorful Guatapé

Our final full day on this tour will bring us to one of Medellín’s most famous tourist destinations: Peñol Rock and Guatapé. This locale sits…

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…about 2 hours outside of Medellín. While here, we’ll visit the Peñol Rock — a boulder standing 220 m high — so that you have time to climb it for incredible views of the countryside. We’ll head then to Guatapé, a picturesque town with plenty of life. Read more about what we’ll do on this tour by visiting our Peñol Rock & Guatapé Tour page. Once we get back to Medellín, we’ll give you the night off to explore the city more or just relax and enjoy your last night in Colombia.

Day 8: Medellín to airport
Breakfast included

Our time together has come to an end, so we’ll say our goodbyes and drop you off at the Medellín international airport so that you can get onto your next adventure.

Frequently asked questions
Will there be other people on my multi-day trip?

No, all of our multi-day trips are 100% private. We work with our clients closely throughout the process so that this adventure is exactly what you want it to be.

What’s included on this tour? What’s not included?

On this tour, we include:

  • Lodging & meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Flights to and from La Macarena
  • Private guided visits
  • Entrance fees to attractions mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transportation (except flights)
  • 24/7 assistance
  • Medical insurance

However, we do not include:

  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airline tickets (international & domestic)
  • Municipal income tax (approximately $40 USD – please bring cash)
Do you only give tours in English and Spanish?

We are proud to say that we have an incredible team with a wide array of languages. In total, we can offer tours in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, and Italian, and we even have a Russian interpreter that can come along and translate for us. Please indicate your language preference upon booking (languages other than English and Spanish come at an additional cost).

Good to know before you start your adventure

  • Please note the following restrictions while in the park: no chemicals allowed (sunscreen, insect repellent, etc.), no smoking, and no alcohol.
  • The water of Caño Cristales is not potable, please refrain from consuming it.
  • Any meals that aren’t mentioned in the itinerary are not included in this tour. We’ll give you plenty of opportunities to taste the incredible local cuisine, so please remember to bring extra cash for meals. If you have special diet restrictions, please let us know upon booking.
  • We do not include the flights to Colombia in the price of these tours, so we recommend that you purchase your flights after we have confirmed your booking. During the booking process, we will make recommendations on which flights we find work best with our schedule.
  • This tour requires that each passenger pays a municipal income tax (approximately $40 USD), and this is not included in the price of the tour, so please bring cash.
  • We recommend that you bring the following: comfortable, light clothing for activities (ideally quick-to-dry clothing); long-sleeved shirts; long pants (not jeans); hat; sunglasses; 2 pairs of sturdy, high-top, closed-toe shoes with good grip (hiking boots); raincoat or poncho; small backpack for lunch & water (no disposable plastic bottles allowed); swimsuit.
  • If you see anything listed on the itinerary that doesn’t appeal to you, please don’t worry! This tour is customizable and we can adapt the itinerary to ensure each activity is of interest to you and your group.
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