Xplora D.C. and Caño Cristales

  • November 17, 2016
  • Xplor@

We’ll get to know what there is to know in Bogota; the historic center and off course Monserrate. We’ll take a helicopter ride over the savannah to enjoy the view of the dams and Guatavita lagoon.

We’ll take a flight leaving the Andes through the eastern mountain chain to the plains, crossing Meta department until we reach La Macarena, home of Caño Cristales. Your captains will explain each flight phase, places of interest and will teach you that flying is also an adventure!

La Macarena is known for its guides’ warmth, people from the region that, with nobility and authentic peasant affection, will guide you to discover the most beautiful river in the world! Natural purity full of color and magic realism. No matter how much you know, Caño Cristales surprises the most expert traveler.

Guatavita Lagoon

Colombia Travel

Caño Cristales


Tour to Caño Cristales

Day 1: Welcome to Bogota! Hotel transfer

The night will start out with a local deep fried food platter, you will meet your host. Later you’ll visit a salsa bar in La Soledad neighborhood, you can get to know a classic and mythical dancing place in Bogota, a very peculiar tavern and whoever’s in the mood can dance with local experts. (Optional US$60)

Day 2: We’ll visit La Candelaria, historical site and a city’s landmark, its narrow streets and architecture will surprise us, we’ll go up to Monserrate where we will have the best view of the city and when we get back down we’ll head off to “La Plaza” where we’ll get delighted with the best ingredients of Colombian cuisine. We’re sure that you’ll enjoy the tropical fruits, smells and colors of this place.

Day 3: Flight over Bogota’s savannah. We’ll take a helicopter at Guaymaral airport and head off to know Bogota’s savannah, a beautiful blend of urban and rural areas, full of country landscape, harvests and dams. We’ll get lunch at an iconic country restaurant of the city. Free afternoon.

Days 4, 5 & 6: We fly to La Macarena, Meta. If weather allows, we’ll have a beautiful view from the airplane, we’ll see how the mountain chain ends and the immense eastern plains begin. At La Macarena, we’ll take a boat and go up the Guayabero River, we will observe a variety of bird species, and turtles taking the sun on the logs that stand out over Guayabero River.

We arrive to El Raudal, a charming scenery of the plains, we’re faced by powerful rocks, offering a stunning view! Until we arrive to a place where the Guayaberos tribe made rock engravings (petroglyphs) of themselves, birds, fish and their whole environment, many years ago.

This route also offers El Mirador, Ciudad Perdida (Lost City), El Salto del Gato and Salto Canoas. Unforgettable places, that assemble a perfect memory of Xplora Colombia experience.

We’ll cross Caño Cristales’ branches in the order authorized by environmental authorities, and you must prepare for encountering purity, peace and the most fanciful shapes and colors with the magic held by its nature; rapids, cascades and ponds graced with fanciful colored algae that make Caño Cristales the most beautiful river in the world. Back to Bogota.

Day 7: Free day and airport transfer

Xplora Colombia provides a professional photographer in Caño Cristales if you want to have the best shots from your experience. Enjoy the moment without worries. If you’re interested contact us to send you information about additional costs.

  • Transfer from and to airports
  • Bogota – La Macarena – Bogota charter flight
  • Airport taxes
  • Ground and river transportation in Bogota and La Macarena
  • Helicopter overflight and day 3 lunch
  • 2 hotel nights at La Macarena on double or single occupancy
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and drinks in La Macarena
  • 4 nights on Bogota’s BioHotel on double occupancy with half board system
  • Specialized guides in La Macarena
  • Bilingual host
  • Medical assistance insurance
  • Entry tax to La Macarena
  • Ticket for Caño Cristales Park
  • Entry to Monserrate
  • Xplora Colombia kit

Plan doesn’t include: 

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Non specified expenses

Scheduled dates

June 16th / July 21st / August 25th / September 22nd / October 13th / November 10th


Want to travel in a different date?

Write us to info@xploracolombia.com if you need another date of departure. Departures are scheduled with at least 4 Xploradores (Xplorers)

If on the trip’s reservation due date we don’t have the minimum Xploradores (Xplorers) required, we’ll suggest an additional cost per person so that we can make the trip on the scheduled date.

Booking deadline:

20 days before departure date


Min. 4 Xplorers.



This program may have some modifications due to changes in flight schedules. The free time scheduled on the trip will be enjoyed without guides or hosts.

  • Make sure that you have a valid Passport with a minimum of 6 months from expiring
  • There’s no reason to travel without a camera

In Bogota:

  • Temperature is 14ºC (57,2ºF) on average, therefore, it is recommended to bring sweaters and jackets
  • We’ll be at an altitude of 2.600 masl (8,400 ft above sea level)
  • Use free-hand and zipped purses, backpacks or bags preferably

In Caño Cristales:

  • Average temperature is 25ºC (77ºF)
  • Make sure to wear comfortable clothing for walking and protect you from the sun, you’ll also need swimming suit and clothing to get wet
  • Take solar protection (at Cristales and Cristalitos you cannot use sunblock)
  • You should use shoes with good grip that can get wet
  • You should take a thermos or water bottle, plastic and disposable bottles are forbidden
  • Caps and hats are a good idea to keep you from the sun
  • You’ll be on the plains, so you’ll need insect repellent
  • Don’t forget your sun glasses
  • We take care of nature! Don’t take any contaminating article
  • It’s important to be vaccinated 10 days prior against yellow fever and always have with you the certificate

Xplora Colombia does not benefit from any commissions from artisans, commercial establishments or local guides on the regions we visit. We pay fairly, for respect and dignity. Our commercial agreements are based on demanded quality and not on economic agreements.



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Write Us: info@xploracolombia.com

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