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. All the other colours are formed by the water, the plants, the differences in depth, the river current and the variety of rocks and holes at the bottom of the river.

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



DAY 1:

Welcome to Colombia! You will be met on arrival in Bogota and driven to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon city tour to visit the Bogotá’s historic centre and both the Gold and the Botero Museums.

DAY 2:

Day at leisure to explore Bogota at your own pace. Optional activities and excursions available include a salsa lesson, a cycling tour, a cable car trip to Monserrate mountain for fine views of the city or a gastronomic flavour of Colombia.

DAY 3:

Travel north to Zipaquira, through countryside once occupied by the native Muisca Indians. Visit the Salt Cathedral in the mine here before continuing on to the attractive colonial town of Villa de Leyva which has the largest main square in South America (2nd in the whole of Latin America to the Zocalo in Mexico City).

DAY 4:

Visit Villa de Leyva. Villa de Leyva, which is today a national monument, was founded in 1572 and is renowned for its beautifully conserved and restored buildings. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour of the town, to take in some of the principal highlights of the city, which include the house of Antonio Marino and the Carmelite nunnery.

DAY 5:

Time at leisure to further explore Villa de Leyva, plus options to visit a local vineyard, El Fosil – a 120m year old fosil, or/and El Infiernito – a site sacred to the local Muisca Indians.

DAY 6:

Fly from Bogota to La Macarena. Take a boat-ride down the River Guayabera and then by road to the Cajuche Spring. Walk to the Caño Cristales for lunch before returning to La Macarena.

DAY 7:

Return to the Caño Cristales by following 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:

Return to the Caño Cristales again to explore and 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:

For your final day in Caño Cristales take a boat ride on the River Guayabera to visit either Cristalitos or Mirador before returning back to Macarena, where you’ll have lunch. Afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Cartagena via Bogota.

DAY 10:

Day trip out by motor-boat from Cartagena to the Rosario Islands – a series of twenty-three coral islands with some of the most diverse and richest marine ecosystems in Colombia. Here you can take some time to relax on the white sands or enjoy some snorkeling in the crystal waters.

DAYS 11-13:

Days at leisure. Options include some rum & chocolate tasting, a visit to Palenque, a mud-volcano, or travel to a local fishing village for a boat tour around the mangrove swamps.

DAY 14:

Morning at leisure in Cartagena before your afternoon flight back to Bogota, where you will connect to your flight back to the UK or further afield. Farewell Colombia!

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.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your tailor-made Colombia holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the programme until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from your tailor-made Colombia holiday.