La Guajira Tour | 3 Days | RIOHACHA, COLOMBIA

From: $1,520.00

⏳ Duration: 3 days
💪 Difficulty Level: Easy
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Tour Type: Private (Requires a minimum of 4 people to book)
🛏️ Accommodation: 2 nights’ accommodation in private rooms with beds
🍜 Food: All meals are included
🗣️ Languages Spoken: Spanish and English
✈️ Nearest Airport: Riohacha
🛻 Pick-Up: Pick up from your accommodation in Riohacha is included


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Overview: 

Discover Colombia’s wild and dramatic desert as you explore the northernmost tip of South America! 

La Guajira on the northeast coast of Colombia is a spectacular desert region and a perfect place for an off-the-beaten track adventure. The landscape is a beautiful contrast of dry forest, stunning sand dunes and shimmering sea. It is also home to the native wayuu, an indigenous people that have thrived in the Guajira for thousands of years.

On this exciting 3-day tour you will escape civilisation, explore a remote and rugged land and travel over picturesque barren territory. Along the way, you’ll meet the wayuu people and learn about their traditional way of life in this harsh and unforgiving environment. 


Itinerary:

Please note this tour is a private tour that requires a minimum of 4 people.

Day 1: Riohacha – Uribia – Punta Gallinas

Riohacha

8 am: Depart from Riohacha to Uribia, which is known as the Indigenous Capital of Colombia

Uribia

10 am: Continue the journey towards the high Guajira through trails and desert outback, allowing you to witness the unique landscapes of Bahía de Portete and Bahía Honda

Bahia Honda

12 pm: Lunch at Bahía Honda

Taroa Dunes

2 pm: Transfer to the Taroa Dunes

3 pm: Visit the beautiful dunes and beaches of Taroa

Punta Gallinas, Luzmila hostel

5.30 pm: Arrive at Hospedaje Luzmila, a rancherías (as the native settlements are called) that has converted itself as lodgings to serve tourists. Check-in at the wayuu lodge and enjoy a traditional dinner.

Day 2 Bahía Hondita – Bahía Honda and Cabo de la Vela

Punta Gallinas

7 am: Breakfast at Punta Gallinas

Bahía Hondita

8 am: Boat ride on a journey that lasts approximately 20 minutes through one of the channels of Bahía Hondita. 

10 am: From La Boquita, continue towards Cabo de la Vela by 4×4 vehicles

Cabo de la Vela

12 pm: Lunch at Cabo de la Vela.

Ojo de Agua

4 pm: Visit the Ojo de Agua Beaches

6 pm: Dinner and accommodation in wayuu lodges.

Day 3 – Cabo de la Vela – Salinas de Manaure – Riohacha

Cabo de la Vela

7 am: Breakfast at the ranchería

Punta Arcoíris

8 am: Visit to Punta Arcoíris

Pilón de Azucar

9 am: Visit Cerro Pilón de Azúcar,  a natural pyramid that is a sacred place for the wayuu 

Manaure salt mines

10 am: Continue the journey to the open air sea salt mines of Manaure

11.30 am: In Manaure, take a tour through the ponds to observe the sea salt harvesting process 

1 pm: Lunch in Manaure

3 pm: Return to Riohacha

Please note: this itinerary should be considered as a framework. The high Guajira is a harsh and demanding place and there may need to be changes to routes and adjustments to the itinerary. Each expedition is unique – it’s the nature of the adventure!


Accommodation:

Accommodation is provided in private rooms with beds and bathrooms. One night in Punta Gallinas and one night in Cabo de la Vela.

(Many other tours use only traditional large hammocks called chinchorros.)


Food:

All meals are included and will be traditional food, such as fish, rice, patacones (fried plantain), and goat.

Vegetarians and vegans can be catered for. Please advise Guanabana Tours of any dietary requirements before the start of the tour.


Location:

Tours depart from Riohacha on the northeast coast of Colombia.


How to Get There:

Riohacha has its own airport that is served by direct flights from Medellin and Bogota.

Local buses also connect Santa Marta with Riohacha, the journey takes around 3 hours.


What’s Included:

Includes:

  • Transportation in 4×4 SUVs
  • Boat ride
  • All meals: 3 lunches, 2 dinners, and 2 breakfasts
  • Accommodation in private rooms
  • Garmin satellite communicator
  • Travel insurance
  • Biosecurity kit
  • English/Spanish bi-lingual driver/guide

Does not include:

  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks

FAQs

  • Will my guide speak English?
    Yes! Unlike most Guajira tours that only run tours in Spanish, Guanabana provides a fluent English-speaking guide as standard on all their tours.
  • Do I need to be fit to join the tour?
    This tour is all about relaxing and enjoying the amazing landscapes of northeast Colombia. There are no strenuous activities, but the tour does involve long periods of travel in a 4×4, sometimes over rough terrain.
  • What should I bring? 
    Packing light is advised. A few essentials to bring are:

    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Hat
    • Sunblock
    • Sunglasses
    • Toiletries

Payment:

To reserve your place on this tour you will need to pay a deposit online with South America Backpacker via credit or debit card. The remaining balance will be paid directly to Guanabana Tours who will send a payment link upon confirmation of your booking.

Refund Policy

  • In order to book this experience, you will need to pay a deposit.
  • This depòsit is fully refundable up until 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • If you are unable to agree on a date or the organiser cannot meet your requirements, your deposit is automatically returned to you in full.
  • There is no refund for cancellations made fewer than 48 hours before the start of the activity.
  • The rest of the payment for the experience is payable to the organiser, either upon arrival at the destination or before in some cases, if the organiser requires it. The organiser will arrange this with you.
  • The refund of the second payment, which goes directly to the trip organiser, is entirely based on the organiser’s own Terms and Conditions.
  • Please read our customer Terms and Conditions for more information.

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