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I Thought This River Was Polluted. Then I Found Out The UNBELIEVABLE Truth…

By Karly Carpena
November 11, 2015

For most of the year, the Rio Cano Cristales in Colombia looks like any normal river. But for a brief period of time during the year, between the rainy season and the dry season, a beautiful species of plant called Macarenia clavigera turns bright red and populates much of the water.

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The river is nicknamed “the river of five colors” because of the red plants, the yellow and green sand, the blue water and all the shades in between.

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The plants bloom red only for a few weeks from September through November, because at this time the water level drops enough for the sun to warm the water and plants.

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Cano Cristales is located within Serrania de la Macarena National Park, but it is not easy to access. Visitors must fly from Villavicencio to Macarena, take a boat and travel unmarked trails to reach the site.