I thought this was a hoax, so I looked it up on the net. It really does exist!! The river shown in the is the Caristales (CAÑO CRISTALES), which is located near the town of La Macarena in Colombia , South America .
The river, world famous for its colorful , has been called:"the river that ran away to paradise," "the most beautiful river in the world" and "the river of five colors".
During Colombia 's wet season, the water flows fast and deep, obscuring the bottom of the river and denying the mosses and algae that call the river home the sun that they need. During the dry season there is not enough water to the dazzling array of life in the river. But during a brief span between the wet and dry seasons, when the water is just right, the many varieties of algae and moss bloom in a dazzling display of colours. Blotches of amarillo , blue, green, black and red - and a thousand shades in between - coat the river.
The part of the river where the colourful blooms occur is quite isolated and is not accessible by road. Adventurous tourists can now fly into La Macarena and then make their way to to the river site on as part of guided tours. The site was effectively closed to tourists for several years because of guerrilla activity in the region along with concerns about the impact of unregulated tourist traffic. However, the site was re-opened to visitors in 2009.
So far, some 1,000 people have visited Caristales, including around 100 foreign tourists.
The tours will follow four clearly marked and authorized paths and one is no longer permitted to stay overnight or , as this was ruining the area previously.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Most Colorful River In The World