The natural world is full of wonders that have to be seen to be believed. Yet with the rise of digital imaging and Photoshop, it can sometimes be hard to trust if a nature photo is the real deal or a fake.

Well, the Caño Crystals River in Columbia is real… and it is spectacular.

This gorgeous river is named Caño Cristales, or “Crystal Spout.” It is found in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta in Columbia.


Those who have seen it in person call it the most beautiful river in the world, and you can clearly see why.


It’s sometimes referred to as “The River of Five Colors” or “Rainbow River.”


The breathtaking colors come from Macarenia clavígera, an endemic algae species that grows along the riverbed.


From July to November each year, the algae turns Caño Cristales into a veritable color show.


Interestingly, it has no fish, but the water quality is pristine.


If you want to see it up close for yourself, you have to take a flight out of the city of Villavicencio. There are no roads that lead here.


But the trip is well worth your time, especially with a view like this.


How amazing is this?

While most other colorful rivers around the world get their hues from artificial factors like pollution, the Caño Crystals is truly a natural creation… and quite a sight to behold.

Share this natural wonder with your friends, and start planning your trip!