The Adventure Travel Trade Association, World Nomads, ExOfficio
Production and Writing: Gregg Bleakney
Videography and Editing: Julian Manrique, GoPro Airplane Footage: Juan Carlos Lenz
Soundtrack: Daniel Spils
Narration: Gregg Bleakney, Susana Ospina, Dan Moore
In 1998 the Colombian government gifted a swath of land the size of Switzerland to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to initiate peace negotiations. After the FARC took control of the territory, they armed themselves, started growing coca, and used the terrain to hide high profile prisoners kidnapped from all over the country. In 2002, Colombia’s military began taking back the region by force, including a river called Caño Cristales; a series of cascading pools and waterfalls that glow red, yellow and orange during seasonal endemic aquatic plant blooms. Many consider Caño Cristales the most beautiful river in the world.
This is the story of Fredy, a young man born in a small village near Caño Cristales who endured the hardships of coming to age in the middle one of Colombia’s toughest warzones; a man who has turned the page on his past to establish a new adventure travel business leading tourists to Caño Cristales, a place that was completely lost in time until the Colombian military started protecting the first groups of visitors in 2008.