The mountain range of the Sierra de la Macarena is an elevation in the middle of the Llanos plains, separated from the Andes by a 50 km wide corridor. It is the country’s largest national park and also the oldest one. Already in 1948 it was declared a biological reserve. The clash of different ecosystems in the territory of the Serranía de Macarena, Andes-Llanos -Amazon, has led to a high diversity of plants and animals. Due to the isolation of the valleys, there are many endemic species and about 500 different kinds of birds.
Another Colombian particularity is located in the national park La Macarena: the Caño Cristales. It is considered to be the most beautiful river on earth, definitely it is the most colorful. In many places the river is covered by algae, which shine in different shades of red. They range from pale pink to dark violet. Where leafage covers the river the algae is green and the chart of color range is complemented by glimmering black rocks and golden sand. Experience this magnificent natural spectacle!
Day 1: Villavicencio - Macarena - Caño Cristales
Early in the morning bus transfer to the airport in Villavicencio, and flight to the Serrania La Macarena. Arrival around 10h00, reception and transfer to the hotel. After the check-in, 20 minutes boat ride on the Guayabero river and a short way in the car to the Caño Cristales. We will visit today the left arm of the river with different points of interest like “La piedra de la virgen” and “La cascada del amor”. During the hike there will be lunch and a snack. Return the hotel in the afternoon, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Caño Cristales
Breakfast and Departure at 07h30 to the Caño Cristales. Today we hike along the right arm of the river. We will see “El sillón de Buda” “La Escalera” and the “Salto del Águila”. During the hike there will be lunch and a snack. Return the the hotel in the afternoon, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Caño Cristales
Breakfast and Departure at 07h30 to the Caño Cristales. We hike again along the right arm of the river, with the possibility to observe monkeys and other animals. Todays points of interest include the “Cascada de la virgen”, “Los pailones” and “El monte de las Marimbas”. During the hike there will be lunch and a snack. Return the the hotel in the afternoon, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 4: Macarena - Villavicencio
Breakfast, 08h00 hike to Cristalitos and to the “Mirador” with a snack on the way. Return to the hotel, lunch and in the afternoon flight to Villavicencio. End of the program.
Flight Villavicencio - Macarena – Villavicencio. 3 overnight stays in the Macarena (simple rooms with fan). All trips mentioned in the program. Full board. Local guides
Activities not mentioned in the program. Personal expenses