Located on the eastern plains of Colombia exists a legendary flower that may have substantial commercial value one day. Puerto Inirida is the capital of the department of Guainia and is home to the Guacamaya superba, otherwise known in Colombia as the Flower of Inirida. Resembling a burst of fireworks, this amazingly beautiful flower grows in damp and swampy wetlands that are unique to this general region only. So incredible and unique is this species that it survives all year without irrigation or care while constantly changing colors. Protective measures have been put in place recently through local initiatives that recognize the commercial potential for the authenticity and beauty of this Colombian flower. Colombia is one of the world export leaders for flowers and the governmental bodies in Puerto Inirida would like to someday incorporate their beautiful and unique flower into this revenue stream.
The Flower of Inirida uniquely decorates the landscape of the region. Puerto Inirida possesses a natural habitat that is abundant with water. This valuable commodity is one of the privileges of this attractive destination and, incidentally, became the origin of the name of the department. Flowing rivers are everywhere in Puerto Inirida and there are natural wonders such as the La Estrella Fluvial del Sur (Star River of the South), named after Alexander Von Humboldt due to the convergence of the rivers Atabapo, Guaviare and Orinoco. Each river is a different color and creates natural mix of colors upon convergence that is truly unique in the natural world.
There are nine different groups of indigenous people that live in Puerto Inirida and more than forty language dialects. Western culture has penetrated the region over the last 50 years and the town is slowly becoming a multi-ethnic and multicultural melting pot. Puerto Inirida hopes to increase its tourism potential with its abundant natural resources as Colombia continues to promote its tourism potential.
Puerto Iniridia Weather
Depending on the time of year you arrive, a tourist experiences one of the two distinct seasons at this ecotourism destination – summer or winter. From April to November Puerto Inirida gets soaked with water as the winter brings rain to the region. From December to March, the rivers in Puerto Inirida recede and expose their virgin beaches to the clear blue skies. Large rock formations come into view and the native yellow butterflies adorn the banks of rivers, lakes and streams.
Guainia is an indigenous term that means “land of many waters” in the Yira language
Puerto Inirida just celebrated their Winter Feast and from this point forward prepares for its traditional Summer Festival in December, when river beaches become active with people having fun swimming in the river and playing beach volleyball. Puerto Inirida and the department of Guainia can be reached by river from the department of Guaviare. Although the trip takes several days, it is an alternative for those who have a little more time and want to experience an adventure along the way. Air travel is also available to the area and offers spectacular views of the Colombian jungles and rivers below.
What to do in Puerto Inirida
One place not to be missed in Puerto Inirida are the Mavicure Hills, where one arrives aboard a canoe or boat. Speedboats or voladoras are also an option for the tourist. The unusual black formations are only found in the Guainias, Venezuela, Brazil and Colombia. Scientists consider them some of the oldest formations the planet. Hiking to the top of the Mavicure Hills in Puerto Inirida, you can appreciate the immensity of the surrounding jungle and abundant nature of the area. Tourist guides are available and camping is popular in this area where lakes, streams and rivers are abundant with wildlife including the pink colored fresh water dolphins.
This attraction is perfect for anyone who wants to get in touch with nature, indigenous cultures and ancient table mountains or plateaus