#WanderLAD: Caño Cristales

category-Travel WanderLAD-Wednesday

So you made it past the dreaded Monday, and yet for some reason you woke up this morning thinking it was Friday. We feel ya. You're stuck at your desk and now more than ever, the day seems to be dragging on. At this point, your mind starts to wander...and we want to wander with you.

This week, let's pack our bags and get lost in…
Caño Cristales, Colombia.

The river is commonly called the "River of Five Colors" or the "Liquid Rainbow" and is bolstered as the most beautiful river in the world due its various striking and vibrant colors. The red color seen is caused by the Macarenia clavigera (Podostemaceae), a plantae located on the bottom of the river.

Located in the Serrania de la Macarena in the Colombian region of Meta, the quartzite rocks of the tableland formed approximately 1.2 billion years ago. These rocks are a western extension of the Guiana Shield of Venezuela, Guyana, and Brazil and belong to the oldest exposed rocks in the world.

Caño Cristales has small circular pits which have been formed by pebbles or chunks of harder rocks through time. This river is known for being very fast with many rapids and waterfalls. A popular time to visit Caño Cristales is from late July to early December.

Until the mid-2000s, nearby guerrilla activity rendered Caño Cristales almost completely inaccessible. But luckily, today the Colombian military controls a 30 km area around La Macarena, the dusty town that serves as the gateway to Caño Cristales, making open and safe for tourists.

But we don’t want to bore you with the details. Go, now.

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