The Beautiful River of Five Colors in Columbia

Have you ever seen a river with many colors? This river’s water is not colored but the thriving ecosystem in and around it gives the river a unique character, complete with vibrant colors of yellow, blue, black, green and red. These colors are attributed from the river bed, sedimentary rocks, lush green vegetation and the red plants called Macarenia clavigera.

There are plenty of small circular pits found in this river called Giant’s Kettle. They are naturally formed by small pebbles that fall in the pit. They are rotated by the warm water movement around the pits which increases the dimension of the pits.

The River of Five Colors is also known as The Liquid Rainbow and the local term Cano Cristales. It is located in Serrania de la Macarena, in the province of Meta, Columbia.

There are no camps in this area to protect the river and the surrounding vegetation. Travelers who wish to see this place can take a cargo plane or a direct flight coming from Bogota.

Below are photos taken by Olivier Grunewald.

  • Jhari February 22, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    OMG! What a beautiful place. I can stay there for hours and just look at that view.

  • Fernando Lachica February 22, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    It's mysterious really, but as what you've said, the ecosystem made these colorful river. I agree with you and one of kind river all over the world.

  • Eileen February 22, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Wow! Absolutely lovely! I have never seen a river like this before and it makes me happy that their government is doing everything to protect its beauty. God sure is a great artist!

  • Chubskulit Rose February 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    That is gorgeous especially the falls!

  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen February 24, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    It's a beautiful river! I love the colors. It's very calming to look at.

  • Debbie @ Live from La Quinta February 28, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Oh my goodness, that is so beautiful! What amazing natural colors!

  • Shannon Wijnker February 28, 2014 at 8:35 am

    This is amazing! I'm looking forward to exploring your blog and adding a few places to my bucket list!!