Located on the north Caribbean coast, La Guajira is the largest desert in Colombia. The landscape is composed of beautiful beaches, vast arid lands with some bushes, yellow dunes, and a green oasis.
Although you can get to Cabo De La Vela by public transport, you will have to book a tour to get to the most beautiful sites of this bewitching desert. Be aware that you will spend most of your time in the jeep. However, the scenery is worth it.
99% of travelers take the same 3D-2N tour to Punta Gallinas, which is the northernmost point in South America. Jeep tours start from Santa Marta, Dibulla, or Riohacha.
If you are looking for a “deeper experience” and more cultural, go meeting the Wayúu (the indigenous people of La Guajira) and learning about their habits and customs. However, choose your agency carefully as some of them are tourist traps.
Also, try to add Macuira National Park to your itinerary in Colombia if you have the soul of an adventurer. It’s an oasis hidden in the desert!
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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 is a strategic city to explore the Caribbean Coast. Easy to reach by bus or plane. Read our travel guide!
Palomino is a famous beach town, located 2 hours away from Riohacha. Wait for your tour on the main road. Read our travel guide!
Dibulla is our favorite option to explore La Guajira. A calm place to rest before and after your expedition. Read our travel guide.
Where to stay in 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.
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.
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