Colombian llanos
Colombian llanos

Green tableland with wide gravel rivers

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.

 La Macarena
La Macarena

"Downtown"

 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.

 La Macarena
La Macarena

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

La Macarena
La Macarena

Church on the central park

La Macarena Church
La Macarena Church

"Last Supper" campesino style

La Macarena Church
La Macarena Church

A madonna and child representation reflects the local culture

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

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

Gunboat on the Guayabero River
Gunboat on the Guayabero River

The river runs crystal clear in the dry season

Fish for dinner
Fish for dinner

A type of catfish caught in the Guayabero River

Fish for dinner
Fish for dinner
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.

Cattle ranching
Cattle ranching

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

Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

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

Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

The Most Beautiful River in the World

Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

The Tablets of Law (rock formation to upper left)

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

Formed by swirling pebbles that scour the rocks to form pits

Giant's kettle
Giant's kettle

Formed by swirling pebbles that scour the rocks to form pits

Spun gold
Spun gold

The gold reflection in the water from the sandy bottom

Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales
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.

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.

Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

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

Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

"The Staircase" waterfall

Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

"Tourist Swimming Pool"

Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

Linda swimming in the "Cuarzo" waterfall

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

Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

Wild pineapple

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

Anteater in a tree

 Anteater
Anteater

Settling in for a little nap

Caño Cristales
Caño Cristales

Linda sitting beside the Liquid Rainbow river