Cabo de la Vela in a dream place for any tourists where the breeze and the sea are quiet.
Cabo de la Vela is located in La Guajira, the northern most department of Colombia surrounded by a spectacular landscape of desert, dunes and oases. With temperatures reaching 50 degrees it is a tough unforgiving environment where it’s inhabitants are the Wayyu living in villages on the ocean.
Cabo de la Vela in a dream place for any tourists where the breeze and the sea are quiet. The Wayuu live, their faces painted black to protect themselves from the sun, they still follow their traditions, of dances and colourful handmade bags, famous throughout Colombia.
The white sand desert is filled with flowers and birds that can only be found in this area of the country with colors such as fuchsia, green, yellow and orange.
Its tourist sites like Sugar Loaf Mountain, Our Lady of Fatima, the lighthouse from there you can see the most lush sunsets in the area. In this area too is Manaure, a salt mine that produces salt for most of Colombia, and local villages.
We depart from Taganga at 6:00 am by 4*4 taking the Caribbean Highway that leads to Riohacha, 3 hours, where we can take a break. From here we start our journey to the desert of La Guajira and Cabo de la Vela, another 3 hours, arriving at Cabo de la Vela for lunch.
We will stay in a local ranch, Rancheria Utta, with comfortable huts and beds, and the refreshing sea air a relief from the heat of the central desert. Here we can take the afternoon to relax and explore the ranch before heading to the lighthouse where we can watch the sunset over the Caribbean afterwards enjoying a nice dinner.
For those who can, and if the time of year and moon allow, we recommend getting up at around 4am to have a chance to see the amazing views of the stars and maybe the spiral of the Milky Way.
If you like you can rise early to see the sunrise, before we head down to a typical Wayuu breakfast of the region. Today we will tour the region, Sugar Loaf and take a tour of the villages and to bring a sense of local customs.
Leaving after breakfast we will head to Manaure, a town further down the coast where we will find a slat mine and processing plant, here we can learn about the process used to bring this salt to Colombia. We will then leave to Riohacha for our lunch before returning to Taganga.
This region is very dry and hot, it is important to keep hydrated. It is also remote so please ensure you have any necessary medication.
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