"La Guajira" Departamento de La Guajira by mircaskirca

Departamento de La Guajira Travel Guide: 30 reviews and 190 photos

Desert Like Land, Home of Wayuu People

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!!

  • Last visit to Departamento de La Guajira: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nov 29, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    This place look like all off the beaten path, worth every hour and dollar that spent here. (San Gil)

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    Aug 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    What a wonderful place. You got into the local culture and saw many interesting sites. The comments and pictures are fantastic.

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    Jan 29, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Travelling in La Guajira sounds like quite an adventure! Great that you could stay with a Wayuu family and sleep in a chinchorro hammock under a thatched roof. -- You always make the local food sound so delicious!

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    Jan 2, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    Mira, amazing scenery & even better tips on this fantastic landscape and people! I like rugged places where tourists have to work a little. Your meals sound so good - what am I doing in -36 C Regina?! Quite an adventure & wishing you a Happy New Year too.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2009 at 12:10 AM

    The colours are really beautiful at Pilón de Azúcar, and your stay with a Wayuu family sounds to be a great experience! Lovely photos in the travelouges!

  • Nov 11, 2009 at 12:01 AM

    this is a stunning page love! adore the photos, and great tips, especially on the local food. great stuff!

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    Nov 8, 2009 at 12:19 AM

    Wow, no wonder you needed time for this! Amazing page, makes me want to come back soon! So colourful and fascinating people, the Wayuu! Ahh, sleeping in these cosy hammocks at the beach! And delicious food!

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2009 at 4:10 AM

    I think I have you figured out. Shrimp & coconut makes you very happy and a town called Camarones is just perfect! Funny, the best food is always at the end of the toughest road. Looks/sounds fascinating but I think a bit hot for my tastes.

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