Due to the weather conditions of the dry season, from December 15 on, the development of ecotouristic activities in the following areas will be restricted: Cristales de Colores, Pailones and Caño Cristalitos paths, until the weather conditions are favorable for the aquatic plant Macarenia Clavijera and its entire ecosystem.
Description of the area
The NNP Sierra de La Macarena originates in the La Macarena biological reserve (1948), including the greatest geological accident west of the Guiana Highlands, with an average extension of 130 kilometres long by 30 kilometers wide, known as the Sierra de La Macarena. Its 629280 hectares include rain forests, floodable forests, scrub and herbaceous vegetation from the Amazonian savannah.
This is an extraordinary area owing to its isolated mountainous conditions, which facilitates the presence of unique species and an important amount of flora and fauna diversity. The Duda and Guayabero rivers also allow for the observation of archaeological sites on their shores, where petroglyphs and pictograms by ancient resident indigenous cultures can be found.
This protected area was created through Decree 1989 dated 1 September 1989, with a surface of 605793 hectares (Management Plan 2014-2019 NNP Sierra de La Macarena), distributed across 5 municipalities in the Meta department.
Recommendation: Visitors are advised to be vaccinated against yellow fever ten days prior to travelling and carrying always their vaccination record.