GUAJIRA DESERT TOUR
The Guajira Desert Tour is a dynamic and eventful trip that will let us know this wonderful corner of Colombia. A desert region that offers an extraordinary landscape of strong colors and contrasts, such as the sand dunes that plunge directly into the Caribbean Sea.
One of the must-see and “Magical” places of Colombia, as the locals consider it, located in the extreme north of the country, a distant, isolated peninsula that stretches out to the Caribbean Sea.
We start our Guajira Desert Tour from Riohacha, passing through Cabo De La Vela with the Pilon De Azucar and Playa Dorada, to Punta Gallinas with the Taroa Dunes, where we can become children and jump from the desert dunes that plunge directly into the Caribbean Sea, to end with the colorful and fascinating Bahía Hondita.
To get to Cabo De La Vela, one of the most interesting places in La Guajira, you have to travel 80 km with a 4×4 Jeep. It begins with an uncovered road in good condition that runs parallel to the railway line where coal is transported from the Cerrejón mines to Puerto Bolívar. The last 20 km of sandy and muddy tracks where prickly pears and cacti reach considerable heights. It is the Desert of La Guajira, an impressive landscape with strong contrasts.
We are in the territory of the Wayúu, the indigenous people of La Guajira. A nomadic people who have lived for centuries in these deserts raising their own goats, fishing in the waters of the Caribbean and moving from one place to another in search of rain, which they store in wells called “jagüeyes”, because in this hostile land there is no water on the surface.
We do not let ourselves be scared by the kilometers to travel because the landscape will take our breath away all the way where the desert sand acquires indescribable colors. But above all we cannot miss the suggestive Hondita Bay where the mangroves plunge into its emerald green waters and the very famous Dunas De Taroa where the desert dunes plunge directly into the Caribbean Sea.