Now this is truly a unique sight like no other! Everyone has seen algae, that icky often green stuff that grows in water all over the world — but have you ever seen rainbow-colored algae? That is what happens for a brief period every year at a remote river in Colombia, South America.
The Caño Cristales River located high in the Serrania de la Macarena Mountains is one that most travelers have never even heard of. It’s location is so remote that the river does not even have any fish and you can only get there after a long trek via foot or donkey! But that is not all, it gets trickier…
This multicolored algae occurs only during the brief period in between the wet and dry seasons, usually in September or October. At that time, for only a week or two at the absolute tops, all the algae on the rocks of the rivers turns a rainbow of colors — and thanks to the clear river water visitors can get a perfect view!
I plan on joining Jared in Peru in September, but I told him I would only come visit him on one condition: if we can travel to neighboring Colombia and spend a few days camping and relaxing at the Caño Cristales River. This is something I absolutely have to see with my own eyes, even if it means staying up in the mountains for two or three weeks, and that is why Caño Cristales River is #40 on the HoliDaze Travel Bloggers’ Bucket List (TBBL for short).
Another Noteworthy Colorful Location
Heard of the country Mauritius? It is an island nation east of Madagascar in the southwestern corner of the Indian ocean that was the only known habitat of the now-extinct Dodo bird. Mauritius has long-since been known as a very beautiful island and renowned for its many waterfalls, such as the 83 meter (272ft) Chamarel Falls, but a discovery in the 1960s changed all of that.
It is known as the seven-colored earth of Chamarel and has now become a tourist attraction. And yes, it is sand that is distinctly different colors, including red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow. According to geologists the colored sand was created from clay made of lava cooling off at different times, which effectively caused seven different colors of sand to form. But the mystery does not stop there, it only gets stranger.
If you take all the colors and mix them together, they will naturally separate and rejoin the correct color grouping that they belong to!
Countless experiments have been done, sand has been shaken and mixed together in a test tube, but a couple days later it has separated into individual bands of like colors. Scientists who have studied this are still mystified! And what if I were to say it gets even crazier than that?
Despite the torrential downpours that occur with the wet season every year, the sand sand experiences no absolutely erosion! It has actually now been cordoned off and people are prevented from walking on it or disturbing it; they instead must be content to experience the view from the over-looking platform.
Chamarel Falls and the seven-colored earth of Mauritius also made it on the HoliDaze Travel Bloggers’ Bucket List. Judging from the pictures it is easy to see why!