Colombia’s Stunning River Of Five Colors

Published January 31, 2012
Updated January 12, 2018

River Of Five Colors

Known by many as “the river that ran away from paradise” and the most beautiful river in the world, Colombia’s Caño Cristales or The River of Five Colors is a veritable biological wonder.

For most of the year, the river remains nondescript: clear currents, greyish rocks, cool waters. However for a brief period of time the Macarenia clavigera, a plant that lines the river floor, turns a brilliant shade of red that is only complemented by radiant shades of yellow and green sand, blue water, and many other hues in the color spectrum.

Caño Cristales Picture

Stunning Colombian River

most beautiful river in the world

River Of Five Colors Waterfall

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