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La Guajira

The Department of La Guajira in Colombia, is one of the most beautiful and exotic, its sources of higher income are mining, salt exploitation and lately, its tourism sector has progressed in quantity and quality. Know the most important information and data about this department

To rest on one of the quietest beaches in Colombia, it is necessary to travel from Riohacha to the north by land for about three hours until the Cape of La Vela. In this site, which arrived in 1499 Captain Alonso de Ojeda, travelers find tourist inns – varas made with bahareque and yotojoro (the heart of the cactus) – and can practice sports like kitesurfing and windsurfing.

The slope to climb the yellow sand mound rises and from the top you can see the Caribbean Sea. It looks like a hallucination, but it is the landscape seen in the dunes of Taroa, in Punta Gallinas, the most northern site of Colombia and South America. Up there you can get there by boat from Cabo de La Vela (two hours) and after having traveled by land about three hours from Riohacha.

The women, dressed in colorful blankets, chase after a man wearing a guayuco. All are barefoot and move to the drum. This is the dance of the yonna, which can be seen in the rancherías of the Wayúu Indians, around Riohacha and other places in La Guajira. Travelers can also buy backpacks and hammocks, and try the friche, a dish based on goats.

To see the flamencos feed is possible in the Sanctuary of Fauna and Flora Los Flamencos, in the corregimiento of Camarones, after a trip of fifteen minutes to the south from Riohacha. There, in 7,000 ha, hundreds of these birds nail their peaks in the estuary of the Camarones river in search of salty brine, which gives them their pink color. They also eat shrimp larvae and other species.

To take into account

Minimum temperature
24°C (75°F)
Maximum temperature
33°C (91°F)
Yellow fever
Best season
All year long
Colombian region