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A river of “five colors” in Colombia (Caño Cristales)

The river Crystal Spout it would not enter any list of rivers with “normal parameters”. It has been baptized in various ways (a name that sounds like a “melted rainbow”, or “the river that escaped from paradise” I confess that sounds too much). However, the river is quite a curiosity worthy of being on the blog due to its unparalleled appearance and beauty, something that surprises in each image: barely 100 kilometers long, in a landscape of pools, waterfalls and waterfalls in the mountain range of the Macarenaits pure and incredibly crystalline waters allow a variety of algae to grow on its rocky bed, ranging from red, yellow, green, blue and black:

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In short, a river of five colors that, for some, is the most beautiful on the entire planet:

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Astromario (by Mario Carvajal (cc) 2012)

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Astromario (by Mario Carvajal (cc) 2012)

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What makes this river unique is the endemic nature of its algae and corals, species that only grow in the ecosystem of the Serranía de The Macarena. To get to know Caño Cristales you have to travel to La Macarena, in the Department of Meta between the months of June and November, in the rainy season. Although arriving today is still a small adventure since it is a somewhat isolated place.

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