Day 1 - 31 Mar 2022
Content: Riohacha is the most logical geographical place to base yourself from for this adventure! You can either fly in or if you’re already on the coast take a Collectivo from Palomino direct to your hotel. We can recommend Casa Guajira (Ayenda Casa Guajira on Booking.com) - they will let you leave any bags you don’t want to take with them free of charge, and you’ll ideally stay here again on the backside of the trip to collect them. (You don’t want to be lugging large bags around the desert, pack a small bag!) Spend the afternoon getting prepared - buy bottles of water and snacks and get an early night. There isn’t much going on in town but the beach area is nice!
Day 2 - 1 Apr 2022
Content: From the main road in Riohacha you can take a shared taxi to the town of Uribia - tell them you need to be dropped off where the 4x4 jeeps that take you to Cabo de La Vela leave from, there’s only one spot & they know where it is! You need to be in Uribia early morning because the 4x4 cars only leave once they’re full (4/5 people), so the earlier the better. It’s another 2 hours or so until you reach Cabo and be prepared for an uncomfortable ride! The accommodation in Cabo is rustic - it’s hammocks so be prepared! You can’t book most of these online it’s all done via WhatsApp or just turning up - there’ll always be room somewhere, it’s just a hammock! We can highly recommend ‘Pujuro’ as it had actual showers and toilets.
Content: Restaurants & bars aren’t listed on Google maps up here for the most part - they’re wooden shacks! We recommend making a reservation at Juaco’s Restaurant for dinner - they need to know what you want and at what time in advance so they can prep. There’s a couple of bars along the beach - they’re pretty pricey for a cocktail but it’s great to hang out & watch the kite surfers at sunset!
Day 3 - 2 Apr 2022
Content: Once you’re in Cabo you can find guys to take you on a tour of the area. You’ll go on the back of their bikes and it should cost around 30,000 cop per person for a whole afternoon, ending at sunset. We went with a guy named Juan Carlos on the recommendation of a friend & he was great, but they’re all the same! The tour takes you to the sand dunes, Playa Arcoíris (crazy waves in contrast to Cabo), then on to the famous Playa Azúcar where you can hang on the beach and hike the Pilón (hill) for great views. The guys will then take you to Ojo de Agua where you’ll get beach time, have time to walk over to the mirador tortuga and then hike up to El Faro to watch the sunset. The guys will then collect you and take you back into Cabo.
Day 4 - 3 Apr 2022
Content: Take today to either chill by the beach, drink beers and play with the dogs while you watch the kite surfers - or actually give kite surfing a go! All along the beach are places offering lessons. Today is also a good day to arrange someone to take you up to Punta Gallinas tomorrow morning - we went with a guy named Jason who we arranged through our accommodation at Pujuro. Dinner will be another low-key event along the beach at one of the few little shacks. Have an early night as you’re up very early tomorrow!
Day 5 - 4 Apr 2022
Content: You will be picked up around 4.45am from Cabo de La Vela and driven 3-4 hours further into the desert. This ride is extremely uncomfortable - it’s old 4x4s that are driven at race speed across a bumpy desert. You’ll also have to stop numerous times at rope ‘roadblocks’ by the Wayu who ask for food & water. Your driver will have bought snacks to give them but you should too! There are a few places to stay up here however arrange with your driver accommodation at Hospedaje Alexandra - it’s the biggest & most commonly stayed at with running showers and toilets! It’s hammocks for night again though.
Day 5 - 4 Apr 2022
Content: Hospedaje Alexandra runs an afternoon tour up to the actual northern most point of Colombia and the entire of the South American continent. You’ll be taken in a large 4x4 safari style vehicle into the desert to see the point (Faro), then you’ll stop at Mirador Casare and then Dunas de Taroa where you can get in the ocean. Once back at the hospedaje they’ll give you lunch (not included - it’s extra).
Day 5 - 4 Apr 2022
Content: Once you’re back from your trip you might want to take a nap before walking down to a nearby beach - it’s about a 30-40 min through the desert and it’s the perfect place to watch sunset before dinner! You could walk back after, however it’s likely the hospedaje have a truck or 2 down there to collect you and bring you back.
Day 6 - 5 Apr 2022
Content: You’ll have an Early breakfast at the hospedaje and then your driver from the day before will collect you around 8am and drive you all the way back to Uribia where they’ll drop you around 1pm. It’s another exciting drive through the desert and Wayu people so be ready! Our driver Jason ended up towing another truck that had broken down in the desert for hours! From Uribia you’ll need to arrange another shared taxi back to Riohacha and check back in at the same hotel so you can collect your bags, take a much needed shower and sleep! The next morning you can arrange a taxi or bus or flight to anywhere you need!