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La Guajira: Where the Desert Meets the Sea

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Day 1: Flora and fauna sanctuary of the flamingos

Stop At: Los Flamencos Nature Sanctuary, Riohacha, La Guajira, Colombia
Your adventure starts in Riohacha where your guide and Wayuu driver pick you up in a Land Cruiser. Your first destination is Camarones, a Wayuu village that is the gateway to the Flamencos Nature Sanctuary. After lunch in Camarones beach you get on a paddle boat to see the flamingos and other marine birds of the reserve’s lagoon. After, you walk through the marsh area of the reserve to see its many different land birds. Then you visit the Wayuu Tocoromana community to learn about their way of life and get a sampling of their traditional music, dance and food.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in beachside rooms in Camarones

Day 2: Cabo de la Vela

Stop At: Cabo de la Vela, Cabo de La Vela Colombia
From Camarones you take a coastal road to Cabo de la Vela. Along the way you pass the Manaure salt complex with its collection ponds and mountains of sea salt. As you approach Cabo de la Vela you leave the pavement and put your 4x4 vehicle to work on dirt roads and sand dunes. Cabo de la Vela --- “Cape of the Sail” --- has long beaches and dramatic headlands set against a backdrop of undulating dunes. Here you visit Punto Arco Iris (Rainbow Point) where waves smashing on red and green rocks create a colorful curtain of spray. You hike up to promontories to get great views, relax on the beach and take a dip in clear Caribbean water. You end the day by watching the sunset on top of Pilon de Azúcar (“Sugar Mound”), a hill overlooking the cape and the highest point in Cabo de la Vela.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in beachside cottage in Cabo de la Vela

Day 3: Bah­ía Honda, Puerto Estrella, and Nazareth

Stop At: Bahia Honda, Uribia, La Guajira, Colombia
Today you continue north with your first destination being Bahía Honda. You spend the morning in a quiet beach in the bay with golden sand and turquoise water. After lunch you drive to Puerto Estrella and hike on rolling sand dunes to visit the Laguna de los Patos, a picturesque lake in the middle of the desert. You end the day in the Wayuu town of Nazareth, gateway to Macuira National Park.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in a Wayuu home in Nazareth

Day 4: Macuira National Park

Stop At: Natural Macuira National Park, Uribia, La Guajira, Colombia
Macuira is a 25,000 hectare (61,776 acre) oasis and, for the Wayuu, is the most sacred place in all of La Guajira. It is an area of mountains, cloud forests and streams. Macuira is a refuge for over a hundred different bird species, 17 of which can be found nowhere else in the world. You spend the morning exploring this lush paradise in the desert and hike to one of its unique features: Las Dunas de Arewaru, a sand dune in the middle of a forested mountain range. You cap off the day with a dip in Las Bateas, a series of small lagoons and waterfalls in the middle of the forest. You spend the night back in Nazareth.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in a Wayuu home in Nazareth

Day 5: Punta Gallinas

Stop At: Punta Gallinas, Carrera 5 3a 02, Uribia Colombia
Today you drive to Punta Gallinas, the northernmost part of your journey. The Taroa Dunes are waves of powdery sand that meet the Caribbean Sea. You walk over the dunes and slide down a steep 10 meter (33 foot) sand bank to get to the water. You visit El Faro, a lighthouse at the northernmost tip of the South American continent. In the afternoon you take a boat to go around Bahía Hondita, a bay with an opening so small that it looks like a blue lake. You visit the bay’s mangroves and mud flats for a chance to see migrant flamingos and other birds. Toward the end of the day you go to Punta Aguja (Needle Point) to wind down at the beach. You spend the night on a plateau overlooking Bahía Hondita.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight in desert cabins on a plateau overlooking Bahia Hondita

Day 6: La Boquita Beach and return to Riohacha

Stop At: Playa la boquita, Uribia, La Guajira, Colombia
It’s a long drive back to Riohacha but thankfully you skip 3 hours of it and take a 20 minute boat ride instead. While the vehicle drives around Bahía Hondita you cut across the bay to its mouth and enjoy a beach there that is aptly named La Boquita. When your vehicle arrives at the beach you continue on to Riohacha where you visit the cultural center. Your Guajira adventure is at an end and you come away with memories of unique experiences, photos of spectacular landscapes, and a marvelous tan.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.
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