The Most Psychedelic River on Earth

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Caño Cristales, a river in Columbia’s Sierra de la Macarena, is as moody as it is beautiful. Come a bit too early in the dry season, and you’ll just find a parched river bed. Come a bit too late in the wet season, and everything will be flooded and more inaccessible than unusual. But come just at the right time, in the first few days of the wet season, and you’ll witness a magnificent spectacle of rainbow colors in a river that’s nicknamed the “most beautiful river in the world”.


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Like a painter’s palette

Caño Cristales’ waters flow from the plateau south of the Sierranía de la Macarena, a national park and mountain range that is a sanctuary for many animal and plant species.

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Pools of yellow

The rugged terrain features many unexplored caves and archeological sites with pictrograms and petroglyphs dating back to pre-Columbian times. The 100 km long and 20 m wide river is the national park’s central feature.

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