American Indian Council
The Most Colorful River In The World
river shown in photographs below is the Caristales, located near the town of
La Macarena in Columbia, South America.
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. And 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 reopened to visitors in 2009.
So far, some 1,000 people
have visited Caristales, including around 100 foreign tourists.
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