The Guajira desert, located in the north of South America, has a coastline lapped by the warm waters of the Caribbean sea. With an extension of 2500 kilometres squared — equivalent to the area of Israel — it is the largest desert of Colombia and home to the largest indigenous community of the country: the Wayuu. These people preserve their traditions and language despite contact with the Western world. Life in the desert is not easy, but the locals have learnt to survive in adverse conditions; hunting, fishing and goat farming represent the livelihood of the Wayuu. They are also big merchants due to the strategic location of La Guajira, which permits the exchange of food, liqueur, gas and appliances with Venezuela and ships that dock at ports close by.
In order to cross the desert and get to know this community, we will use four-wheel drive vehicles, enabling us to visit the Taroa dunes and Cabo de la Vela, the Colombian mecca for kitesurfers. We will have the opportunity to try the sport, and also visit Punta Gallinas, the most northern point of South America. We will stay in rancherías — small settlements of the Wayuu families — and learn about the traditions, dances and gastronomy of our hosts. Nights here are the perfect opportunity to observe the stars of the Milky Way at their best — in an environment completely free from light pollution.
The journey starts either at Riohacha or Santa Marta with the chance to visit Tayrona National Park, Palomino beach and the Flamingos National Park on our way to La Guajira.
Contact us for more information about the trip, which we will tailor to fit your needs and desires. Come with us to explore this astounding region of contrasts.
En desarrollo de lo dispuesto en el artículo 17 de la Ley 679 de 2001, la agencia advierte al turista que la explotación y el abuso sexual de menores de edad en el país son sancionados penal y administrativamente, conforme a las leyes vigentes.