Caño Cristales – the river that ran away from paradise! 4/24/2016 • Cynthia Walter
This unique Colombian rainbow river is distinguishable from any other river on the planet because at certain seasons of the year it becomes tinted into different vibrant colors and looks absolutely unreal!
The head of the “River of five colors”, as locals call it, is situated in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta. The river flows to the East till it runs into the Guayabero River. The five most typical colors of the Caño Cristales are red, green, yellow, blue and brown. These colors appear thanks to a life activity of kelp species called Macarenia Clavigera. Depending on the season the colors and their shades become more or less intense.
The river can be viewed in all its incredible beauty at the end of a dry season when the water level is relatively low and Macarenia Сlavigera becomes red, pink and scarlet under the influence of the hot sun. It is offset by green and yellow sand, turquoise water and brownish stones.
The Caño Cristales flows through the Amazon rainforest. Its length is less than 100 km and its average width is about 20 meters. The floor of the river has many squiggles and wells which are used by tourists as natural baths.
The water here is immensely pure and transparent but there are no fish due to unique characteristics of the riverbed: the river floor has no organic silt at all and this results in the absence of other aquatic plants with the exception of kelp. So, fish just have nothing to eat there.
The river has been designated as the World Heritage by UNESCO. The national park around the river is open to visitors only from June till November.
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