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COLOMBIA’S RAINBOW RIVER

Until recently, Colombia wasn’t considered particularly safe to visit and Cano Cristales, in the middle of Farc guerrilla territory, was definitely not a place for tourists. In a world of Photoshopped images, Cano Cristales is a swimmer’s fantasy made real – a river that runs with the colours of the rainbow.

A few years ago the Colombian government reclaimed La Macarena, the closest town to Cano Cristales. At the end of 2016 the ratification of a peace deal between government and the Farc made it much easier to visit Colombia. When I started looking at places to swim there I thought I could fit in a Caribbean island, the Pacific coast with humpback whales and waterfalls in the jungle as well as Cano Cristales.

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Autumn is a pretty special time for outdoor swimmers. Summer’s warmth still lingers and, whether you swim in a wetsuit or skins, a decent swim is possible. Our November issue is packed full of awesome features to inspire your swimming adventures. Tune up your stroke in preparation for winter training; eight of the top winter swimming events to enter now; winter pre- and post-swim gear review; plus, nutrition, technique, events, destinations, interviews and more of your stunning photography and swim stories.

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