Located in the north of the Caribbean Coast, La Guajira is the largest desert in Colombia. The landscapes are a mix of beautiful beaches, vast arid lands with a few bushes, yellow dunes, and a green oasis.

Although you can reach Cabo De La Vela with public transportation, you will have to book a tour to explore the different highlights of this mesmerizing desert. Be aware that you will spend most of your time in the jeep. However, the sceneries are 100% rewarding.  

99% of travelers are doing the same 3D,2N tour to Punta Gallinas, which is the northernmost point of South America. The jeep tours are leaving from Santa Marta, Dibulla, or Riohacha. 

In case you’re looking for a “deeper experience,” we recommend you to live among the Wayúu (indigenous) in their rancheria. However, pick your agency with caution as some of them are tourist traps.

Also, try to add the national park Macuira in your Colombia Itinerary if you’ve got an adventurer soul. It’s a hidden oasis!

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Where to start your tour to La Guajira

On the Caribbean coast, there are many local travel agencies that organize expeditions to Punta Gallinas. It means you don't have to travel on your own to Cabo de la Vela or Riohacha to book your tour. It's a good way to save time on your Colombia Itinerary.

  • Santa Marta

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    Santa Marta

    Santa Marta is a strategic city to explore the Caribbean Coast. Easy to reach by bus or plane.
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  • Palomino

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    Palomino

    Palomino is a famous beach town, located 2 hours away from Riohacha. Wait for your tour on the main road.
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  • Dibulla

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    Dibulla

    Dibulla is our favorite option to explore La Guajira. A calm place to rest before and after your expedition.
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Where to stay in Cabo de la Vela and Riohacha

If you're a slow traveler, you can decide to stay a few days in Cabo de la Vela. You won't find your hotel on the internet, but it's effortless to get a bed or a hammock once you arrive. Riohacha can be a strategic choice if you fly from Bogota.

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    Laguna Sala

    Modern hostel with a fantastic rooftop. Swimming pool and bar. Great value for money.
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    Hotel Riohacha

    C. Patio bonita

    Lovely Bed & Breakfast with a few comfortable rooms. Family vibe. Spacious rooms.
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Things to do in La Guajira

Dibulla is a perfect option if you want to escape the mass tourism of Palomino. Come there to witness the daily life of a quiet fishing town, chill on the beach and plan your expedition to the La Guajira desert.

  • Punta Gallinas

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    Punta Gallinas

    It's a 3D/2N expedition in a jeep to admire the sceneries of the desert. Cabo de la vela + Punta Gallinas.
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  • Cabo de la Vela

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    Cabo de la Vela

    Cabo de la Vela is the last town in La Guajira. You can Kitesurfing and chill at the beach. You need a jeep.
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  • PNN Macuira

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    PNN Macuira

    A hidden oasis located in the Alto Guajira. Beautifull. Tours are more complicated to organize.
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  • Camarones

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    Camarones

    Observe thousands of flamingos with a local and its tiny boat. Season: Mid November till End of February.
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  • Rancheria Wayuu

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    Rancheria Wayuu

    Stay 2 days with Wayuu family to learn about their cultures and traditions. School and cooking. Fantastic experience.
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  • Kitesurf

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    Kitesurf

    The beaches in Cabo de la Vela and Mayapo are perfect spots for Kitesurfing. Take some classes there!
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  • Pilon de Azucar

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    Pilon de Azucar

    The most beautiful beach in Cabo de la Vela. Take a moto-taxi. Better to get there in the morning.
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  • Mayapo

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    Mayapo

    An easy trip from Riohacha. Take a shared car and stop at the Playa Refugio Maliiwala. Shade & Beers.
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We stayed for more than 2 weeks in La Guajira and wrote about our travel experiences.

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Articles we recommend

Some travel blogger friends wrote some terrific content about La Guajira. Don't hesitate to consult them!

Partners we recommend

Some local partners we have met, tested and approved during our stay in Rihoacha, Cabo de la Vela and Punta Gallinas.

  • Pura Guajira: An excellent Local agency to explore the La Guajira desert.
  • Magic tour: Excellent multi-day trips from Santa Marta or Riohacha.

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