Spotlight on Caño Cristales

Go off the beaten track to visit this marvel of Nature. The 5 different colours of the river are at their best from June to end November when the Macarenia Clavijera, a water plant only found in this area, changes its colour from green to bright red depending on the amount of sun the plant receives. The other colors (white, black, yellow and all other colours in between) are formed by the water, the plants, the differences in depth, currents of the river and the variety of rocks and holes at the bottom of the river.

Highlights: Bogota – Villa de Leyva – Caño Cristales – Cartagena


Days 1-3


Fly to Bogota and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a City Tour to discover Bogota's colonial history as well as modern-day culture and cuisine. Options to take the cable car up to Monserrate, wander the bustling market at Paloquemao and enjoy the street food in Usaquen.

Day 4

Villa de Leyva

Transfer to the charming Spanish colonial town of Villa de Leyva stopping for a guided tour of the Salt Cathedral at Zipaquira en route.

Day 5

Villa de Leyva

Walking tour of the histroic centre of Villa de Leyva and options to visit a local vinyard or visit El Fosil, a 120m year old fosil, and El Infiernito, a site sacred to the local Muisca Indians.

Day 6

Caño Cristales

Transfer to Bogota for a charter flight to La Macarena. Introductory talk by local guide before a 20-min boat ride down the River Guayabera, then 20min road transfer to the Cajuche Spring. Walk to the Caño Cristales where you'll have lunch. Locations visited today are: Karol Cristal Pool, Los Ochos & Tourist Pool. Return to La Macarena for dinner & overnight.

Day 7

Caño Cristales

Return to the Caño Cristales to follow a different route today, taking the right arm of the river. Locations visited are: La Silla del Tinigua, Tres Espejos, Pozo Cuadrado & Las Escaleras. Return to La Macarena for dinner & overnight.

Day 8

Caño Cristales

Return to the Caño Cristales to visit the central and left arms of the river. Locations visited are: Cascada de los Quarzos, Los Pianos & Cascada de la Virgen. Return to La Macarena for dinner & overnight.

Day 9

Caño Cristales - Cartagena

For your final day take a boat ride on the River Guayabera bto visit either Cristalitos or Mirador before having lunch in Macarena. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cartagena via Bogota.

Days 10-13


Days at leisure. Options include guided City Tour, visit to La Popa Convent & San Felipe Fort, a day-trip to the Rosario Islands, visit to Palenque, visit a local fishinng village for a boat tour around the mangrove swamps, wallow in a mud volcano, or enjoy some rum & chocolate tasting.

Day 14

Cartagena - Bogota

Fly to Bogota to connect with your flight home.

The above sample Colombia holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.


Colombia has a wide range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made Colombia holiday.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Colombia Holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Colombia holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The itinerary can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made Colombia holiday.

Duration of your Colombia Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample itinerary but have fewer days to spend on your Colombia holiday, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

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