Colombian llanos
Colombian llanos

Green tableland with wide gravel rivers

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Airport in La Macarena
Airport in La Macarena

Looking like a war zone with the military presence. Note the "baggage claim" - a mule and wagon.

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 La Macarena
La Macarena

"Downtown"

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 La Macarena
La Macarena

Heavy military presence throughout the town - clusters of 3 or 4 troops on every corner. Probably more military men than town residents.

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 La Macarena
La Macarena

Armed military troops secure the oasis of town, surrounded by a guerrilla "Red Zone".

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La Macarena
La Macarena

Church on the central park

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La Macarena Church
La Macarena Church

"Last Supper" campesino style

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La Macarena Church
La Macarena Church

A madonna and child representation reflects the local culture

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Punto Verde Hotel
Punto Verde Hotel
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Pet parrot at the hotel
Pet parrot at the hotel
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Pet parrots
Pet parrots
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Evening entertainment
Evening entertainment
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Musician
Musician
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Guayabero River
Guayabero River

We took a motorized canoe to get to the hiking trails that led to Caño Cristales

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Gunboat on the Guayabero River
Gunboat on the Guayabero River

The river runs crystal clear in the dry season

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Fish for dinner
Fish for dinner

A type of catfish caught in the Guayabero River

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Fish for dinner
Fish for dinner
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Evidence of past FARC activity
Evidence of past FARC activity

We were walking through a landscape that was formerly coca leaf fields and cocaine production labs.

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Cattle ranching
Cattle ranching

This is the current use of the land that was formerly controlled by guerrillas

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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

The llano tablelands that we hiked through to get to the River of Five Colors

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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

The Most Beautiful River in the World

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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales
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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

The Tablets of Law (rock formation to upper left)

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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales
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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales
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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales
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Giant's kettle
Giant's kettle

Formed by swirling pebbles that scour the rocks to form pits

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Giant's kettle
Giant's kettle

Formed by swirling pebbles that scour the rocks to form pits

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Spun gold
Spun gold

The gold reflection in the water from the sandy bottom

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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales
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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales
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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

The delicate feathery endemic plant Macarenia clavigera clings to the river floor in swift currents and is responsible for the unique coloration.

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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

The delicate feathery endemic plant Macarenia clavigera clings to the river floor in swift currents and is responsible for the unique coloration.

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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

Aquatic plant, Macarenia claviger, is a rich green when it grows in the shade of the understory

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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

"The Staircase" waterfall

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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

"Tourist Swimming Pool"

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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

Linda swimming in the "Cuarzo" waterfall

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Caño Cristales Flora
Caño Cristales Flora
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Caño Cristales Orchid
Caño Cristales Orchid
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Blooming bromeliad
Blooming bromeliad
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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

A common plant in bloom in the landscape. The trunks were a natural black and looked as if it were burned.

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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

Wild pineapple

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Caño Cristales Flora
Caño Cristales Flora
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 Wasp nest
Wasp nest
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Caño Cristales Butterflies
Caño Cristales Butterflies
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Caño Cristales Butterfly
Caño Cristales Butterfly
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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

Anteater in a tree

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 Anteater
Anteater

Settling in for a little nap

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Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

Linda sitting beside the Liquid Rainbow river

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