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 nationalpark Macuira in your Colombia Itinerary if you’ve got an adventurer soul. It’s a hidden oasis!
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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.
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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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.
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