La Guajira, Colombia

I am traveling in the Department of La Guajira, a wild stretch of north-eastern Colombia which lies near the Venezuelan border. The coastline is known for its windswept beaches, fantastic sunsets, hammock life and remote location. Apparently it is difficult to get to.

The journey by road should be about twelve hours door to door. It will start with a three-hour bus ride from Cartagena to Santa Marta. From there, four more hours on a different bus to Riohacha – the last major transit point before our destination of Cabo de La Vela. Cabo is a bay around which are scattered indigenous Wayuu villages, in which local people have set up “rancherias”: homesteads with thatched-roof huts serving fresh seafood, beer and offering a simple hammock in which to spend the night. Cabo is about two hours from Riohacha although we are not sure if there is bus service to get there. Transport might involve hitching a ride or sharing a taxi with others.

All electronics except for the camera have been left behind. Will post some pictures when I am back! For now, here is one I grabbed off the net.

Cabo de la Vela
(Image credit: Posadas Turisticas de Colombia

2 thoughts on “La Guajira, Colombia”

  1. Hey Ryan,
    I hope you have fun in La Guajira. I went there once, when I was in high school. I will never forget all the sights and places there. I specially remember Manaure (salt “mines”?), el Cabo de la Vela, and El Cerrejon, the coal mine.
    Have fun, as always.

  2. Hi Juan!
    Thanks, we had a fantastic time and visited all the sights you mentioned. Cabo de la Vela has probably seen a lot of development since you were there but the salt mine looks like it has not been touched in years. Will update with photos soon. :)

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