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River that Ran Away to Paradise

Updated on February 13, 2012

When people think or hear of the country of Columbia there are two things that usually come to mind Drugs and violence. What people fail to realize, is every country has its admirable points and terrible points. This prevents people from seeing the other side of many countries that turn out to be truly unique. Let’s explore one of those beautiful sides of Columbia I recently experienced in this exotic South American country.

While traveling in Columbia recently, I had a unique experience with a friend of mine. We had heard of a river that flows rainbows. This immediately peeked our interest, and we decided to go see for ourselves. This is a well hidden highly secret location, and many around the world have never even heard of the “arco iris río” or the river that flows rainbows. It is a truly remarkable site to see, please take a look at the magnificent and beautiful pictures of this amazing location.

The river in Columbia that is referred to as the Rainbow River by locals is the Caristales River. It is actually located near the town of, La Macarena in central Columbia. It has also been called the “River that Ran Away to Paradise” or “The River of Five Colors”. No matter what you call it, it is one of nature’s most prized possessions. It truly shows how god’s beauty can enhance this ugly world of ours.

This river flows differently in each of Columbia’s two seasons the wet and the dry. In Columbia’s wet season is when the water flows, and it is hard to see the beautiful colors. During the dry season, the river flows slower, and it brings out the vibrant colors of the rocks below. The dry season, can also cause the river to run low on water, so with lack of water nothing can be seen. The best time to go is between April and June right between the wet and dry season coming on. This brief span allows the water level to be just right and the many varieties of algae and moss bloom iridescently with a dazzling display of color. You will see Amarillo, blues, greens and vibrant reds as well as a million colors in between coating the river.

The best part of this river where the blooming of a million colors occurs is quite isolated and not assessable by road. So if, you don’t like to hike in the wilderness you will probably never see this. But, Adventures tourist can now fly in to the town of La Macerna and make their way to this special place by foot with a local tour guide. The site has been closed for years because of the guerrillas that roamed that part of the country since they have moved on it is now open to the public. It is still well guarded so no cooking or overnight stays are permitted and it is strictly enforced. Since, it reopened only about 1000 people have been up there including about 100 foreigners.

The tours follow strict guidelines and a predefined path into the area. But do not let that detour your sense of adventure and ability to see this one of a kind place on this rock we call planet earth. Enjoy the spectacular colors, and remember to leave it just as you found it for others to see after your travels. This way others can experience the pristine and unique beauty of the rainbow river.


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    Kadmiels 6 years ago from Florida

    It truly is one of earths most wonderful scenes :)

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    JR Krishna 6 years ago from India

    Wow! This is amazing!

    I stand in awe infront of this beautiful creation of God!

    Voting up and thanks for SHARING

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    Kadmiels 7 years ago from Florida

    medical tourism is getting very popular now among alot of latin america and south america countries. Places like this tend to have people visit more but also stay for their precedures thanks for the comment :)

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    mochileiro 7 years ago from Brazil

    Beautiful place!

    Guided tours is not what I call adventure, but I would like to check this one.

    About the "bad things" of Columbia, well, as Brazilian myself, I'm not afraid to tell everybody that many places in that country are way more safe than Brazil. Cartagena, for example, is one of the best destinations for medical tourism nowadays and many tourists of North America visit that city each year.

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    Kadmiels 7 years ago from Florida

    It is quite remarkable thank you for your kind words.. :)

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    Lora Palmer 7 years ago from Warrington, Pennsylvania

    Beautiful hub! I just saw this on another website as well, and this colorful river is a true marvel of nature. You are so right that in every country can be found nature's wonders. This is definitely one of the most spectacular ones! Thanks so much for sharing this.

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    urs_dipak 7 years ago from Kolkata, West Bengal, India

    like your Hub

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    Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

    What an amazing place that must be! I would love to go there. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Love and peace


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    dreamreachout 7 years ago

    More than that there must be high mineral content in the water. Red color comes from Iron and red-oxide. Green from chrome and green oxide. Pink from potash!! Moss and algae add to that!! There must be a very good mining belt in the vicinity!!

    Anyways, you are damn lucky having visited and seen that magnificent wonder!!


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    Kadmiels 7 years ago from Florida

    I thought i did explain the colors in the "wet and dry season coming on. This brief span allows the water level to be just right and the many varieties of algae and moss bloom iridescently with a dazzling display of color" it is caused by moss and algae that float down from the mountians along the border that develop on the rocks and the other adjecent places along the river :) but thank you for your kind words it is appreciated

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    dreamreachout 7 years ago

    Its a resplendant beauty and really amazing!! Colombia should do everything possible to preserve this place in its true form.

    I could have given an explanation behind the colours but I would not like to spoil the mood that this hub sets in by doing so!!


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    Kadmiels 7 years ago from Florida

    thanks for your kind words.. It is a wonderful place and hope that if you do get the chance to see it in person that you will. IT is one of natures most prized areas. :)

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    Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

    This earth of ours has such amazing places of beauty! Thanks for creating this hub and adding the video.

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    MaryRenee 7 years ago

    Kadmiels: This is so incredibly beautiful! Thanks for sharing this! :)

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    Brenda Durham 7 years ago

    My God, that is BEAUTIFUL!

    Thanks Kadmiels!

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    Tkumah 7 years ago


    Well presented:)

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    This is incredible and unbelievable what nature can do. I thank you so much to show this miracle.