Orinoco Region of Colombia
The Orinoquía region of Colombia is one of the five natural regions of Colombia that belong to the Orinoco River watershed. It is also known colloquially as the Eastern Plains, from the Spanish Llanos Orientales. The region covers most of the area of the departments of Meta, Arauca, Casanare and Vichada.
The Orinoquía region of Colombia has the following subregions:
- Plains Foothills: in between the East Andes and the Eastern Plains; elevations ranges between 500 m (1,600 ft) and 700 m (2,300 ft); mostly covered by dense tropical humid forest
- Meta River Plain
- Guaviare River Plain: share with the Amazon Region
- Arauca Marshlands
- Serranía de la Macarena
Places to Go – Things to Do – The Orinoco Region of Colombia
An awe-inspiring landscape is the term that best describes the waters of the Sierra de La Macarena National Natural Park, where all of the colors of the rainbow seem to have been descended from heaven to earth at Caño Cristales. This destination is directly accessible from the municipality of La Macarena, and has an average of temperature of 25˚ C. This Park was opened to the public on November 18, 1980.
The municipality of La Macarena, in the department of Meta, is a destination for travellers who are headed for Caño Cristales, and consists of a series of rapids and hollows featuring tones of fuchsia and other colors. This destination can be reached in two hours via a combination of land and maritime transport, followed by a walk.
The unique beauty of Caño Cristales, which features sites such as Los Ochos, La Escalera, and Salto del Águila, are the main attraction for visitors coming to La Macarena.