Colombia counts on 'rainbow' river to boost tourism

STORY: Location: La Macarena, Colombia

Can Colombia's ‘rainbow river’ help to replace dependency on oil?

[Robert Braun, American tourist]

"Magnificent. It's beautiful, very tranquil. Very ... It should be one of the wonders of the world."

Colombia has pledged to focus on tourism to boost the economy

and end the country's reliance on oil and coal exports

Meta province has long depended on oil production

but local authorities hope Meta's natural treasures will attract more tourists

Currently, 14,000 tourists flock here each year

which directly supports 600 families

[Bladimir Torres, Tour guide]

"This is the top area of the tour. When I take the tourists here they are delighted. I explain to them about the rocks, and the plants and they end up enchanted. This is one of the reasons to visit Cano Cristales."

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