"La Guajira" Departamento de La Guajira by mircaskirca
Departamento de La Guajira Travel Guide: 30 reviews and 190 photos
Located at the northeastern peninsula of Colombia, La Guajira is a very beautiful region with dramatic landscapes, long deserted beaches and blue and green waters of the sea. It is mainly populated by indigenous Wayuu people. Dry, arid desserts dominate the peninsula, facing the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Venezuela in the northernmost part of South America. Although much of this sparsely populated peninsula lies in Colombia, La Guajira extends into Venezuelan territory.
Department's capital Riohacha is the getaway for off the beaten track adventure tours. Most of visitors head to sacred Cabo de la Vela, a remote and tranquil area of stunning desert coastline where the Wayuu people believe your spirit goes to before passing away. The most beautiful part of La Guajira seems to be at Punta Gallinas which is a little further to the northeast but quite difficult of access.
A variety of 4WD packages to get to know Wayuu culture and the beauty of the Pensinsula de la Guajira can be arranged with a local tour operator. It's also possible to travel on your own (as we did) and try to arrange transportation with the local people. Though this is only for more adventurous. The area is remote, travel and tourism infrastructure is lacking. You sleep in very basic posadas or in hammocks. Nevertheless, La Guajira is truly amazing region and well worth a visit!!
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