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The River with Rainbow

In this digital age an artist’s creativity can be unfolded via plenty of image editing / illustrating softwares where some biggies like Photoshop stand out. There is absolutely no lack of artificial sceneries too. But compared to the sheer versatility and prowess of the ultimate artist, the Mother Nature, these artificial beauties often fall short. The example of ‘Caño Cristales’ is more than enough to justify this time-tested fact.

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Located in Serrania de la Macarena in the South American country Columbia, River Caño Cristales is now far & wide famous for its peculiar geographical wonder. Not its size or location but the amazingly colored underwater world.

In between Columbia’s major seasons, wet season and dry season, for a brief period when the climate becomes ideal for plants and waters alike, one can witness the astounding artistic skills of nature at some very remote locations of Caño Cristales.

This river is a haven for innumerable multi-colored algae and moss. When the climate is optimal and waters are crystal clear these underwater plants bloom to the fullest; displaying a wide range of colours resembling the shades in VIBGYOR.

Call these RGB (red, green, blue) or CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) palette shades with due respect to the digital age, but it seems even the term ‘colorful’ doesn’t adequately describe the real feeling of this eye-feast.

Set in a serene environment well away from the urban life, reaching the location of River Caño Cristales from La Macarena town is itself an experience… well isolated from roads, it requires a delightful couple of hour’s walk that any adventurer will cherish. Considering the importance of this region, the state government has organized guided trekking tours from La Macarena to Caño Cristales.

The silence of nature, soothing sounds of waters, dazzling display of colours where it seems the rainbow is flowing… by getting absorbed in this rejuvenating atmosphere, what more that a nature-lover could ask for!

This colourful river region is normally off the limit for visitor after November, when the fry season steals away the river’s charm. But still a few get dragged to this beckoning location – perhaps the irresistible nature’s call.

The Magic of Maldives

Maldives, a little island nation in the Indian Ocean, is the smallest in Asia in terms of land area and population. But it is regarded as one of the largest in the world in terms of abundance of natural beauty.

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That claim seems to be truly justifying when one sights these tropical islands. The 2000 odd islands of Maldives (of which only about 200 are inhibited!) encompasses innumerable coastline – beaches that illustrate a perfect natural blend of swaying palm trees, white powder-like sand bed, plus, lagoons of varying blue shades.

One of the very rare locations where mother nature is in its purest form, these pristine seashores will easily find place among the list of best beach destinations around the world.

Maldives’ unscathed natural environment makes its sea-waters a virtual heaven of ecosystems. The island boasts a large variety of colorful coral reefs that harbors hundreds of different marine species.

The peculiar geography and sparse population also makes way for another spectacular entertainment, that’s perhaps unrivaled in anywhere else – the tropical island resorts !

These are tourist resorts, typical Maldives special, consisting of an exclusive hotel on its own island with population based on tourists and staff only – absolutely no locals! Any solitude seekers couldn’t ask for more.

Maldives’ beaches are all-round entertainers. Their secluded serenity and soothing atmosphere attracts honeymooners and families, while the clear waters & mind-blowing underwater sceneries draws diving enthusiasts.

These beaches are much sought after by vacationers and watersports (scuba, skiing, snorkeling, windsurfing…) persons alike.

Few locations that stand out amongst the long long list of Maldives beauties…

# Addu Atoll

# Baa Atoll

And of course, the island capital and major city:

# Male’

Unfolding nature beyond limits… that’s the real Maldives ‘magic’