The Guajira Peninsula is Colombia’s answer to the Australian outback. This untamed and sparsely populated region is an utterly unforgiving place to live. And yet, like the outback, there is something compelling about this remote peninsula.
Perhaps it is the resilience of the local Wayuu Indians, who eke out a living in almost complete isolation. Or maybe it’s the romance that comes from knowing you are standing on the edge of a continent? Because at Punta Gallinas, you find yourself on the northernmost tip of the South American continent. And it certainly feels that way, as you gaze out over the wild and dangerous sea. It might be the Caribbean, but the heavy swells and dangerous rips are a world removed from the aquamarine waters we associate with the tropics.
This trip to the Guajira Peninsula is a rugged adventure to a land of extremes. There are no five-star hotels or luxury lodges out here! So, be prepared to overnight in rustic accommodation, including chinchorros (traditional hammocks) in an indigenous Wayuu community. Not to mention the potted, dusty roads! But, take our word for it. The captivating, stark landscape and edge-of-the-world feeling more than make up for any lack in creature comforts.
Arrive Riohacha Airport and transfer 60km to Manaure through the stark, barren landscape. After a brief stop in Uribia you will continue on dirt roads to Cabo de la Vela. Overnight in rustic but comfortable accommodation.
Depart for the northernmost tip of the continent, Punta Gallinas. You’ll experience the inhospitable nature of the region as we drive through Bahia Portete, Bahia Honda and the dunes of Taroa. Enjoy the solitude and silence during your overnight stay in hammocks at simple ranch.
Morning boat excursion to Punta Agujas with time for a swim. Return to Cabo de la Vela after lunch.
Morning visit to Playa Pilon de Azucar where the Caribbean Sea breaks on golden sands. At the top of the Pilon you’ll get fantastic 360 views. After lunch return to Riohacha.
Transfer to the airport after breakfast.