The Most Colorful River In The World
The river shown in the photographs is Caño Cristales,
which is located near the town of La Macarena in Colombia,
The river, world famous for its colorful display, has been called:
"the river that ran away to paradise",
"the most beautiful river in the world"
and "the river of five colors".
During Colombia’s wet season, the water flows fast and
deep, obscuring the bottom of the river and denying the
mosses and algae that call the river home the sun that
they need. During the dry season there is not enough
water to support the dazzling array of life in the river.
But during a brief span between the wet and dry seasons,
when the water level is just right, the many varieties of
algae and moss bloom in a dazzling display of colors.
Blotches of amarillo, blue, green, black and red – and a
thousand shades in between – coat the river.
The part of the river where the colorful blooms occur is
quite isolated and is not accessible by road. Adventurous
tourists can now fly into La Macarena and then make their
way to the river site on foot as part of guided tours. The
site was effectively closed to tourists for several years
because of guerrilla activity in the region along with
concerns about the impact of unregulated tourist traffic.
However, the site was re-opened to visitors in 2009.So far, some 1,000 people have visited Caño Cristales,
including around 100 foreign tourists.
The tours will follow four clearly marked and authorized paths and one is no longer permitted
to stay overnight or cook, as this was ruining the area previously.
Scroll down for pictures.
God’s paint brush is truly at work here!