After reaching the most southern point of South America in Chile – here – we couldn’t resist going to the opposite direction. And so we did. Once on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, Punta Gallinas – the most northern point of South America – located in La Guajira is only 400 kilometers from Taganga, a fisher port we came for scuba diving. 400 kilometres, that’s nothing! Well technically, yes. But when you’re in the complete desert with no road and no indication, the journey is turning into an endless rodeo drive. It’s the price to pay for a complete isolation.
Getting to La Guajira is not a big problem. But once there, reaching your final destination will certainly be one of the most memorable drive you ever had. From 4*4 collectivo stuffed with locals, corn bags and rescue tires, to sightseeing trucks and SUV go-fast, we tried them all. And they all have one thing in common: they transform every kilometer into eternity!
Visual shock is an important part of the journey. On the road, you’ll pass through cactus forest, desert, salt plains, seafront, and sometimes… villages.
There are only indians in La Guajira. The Wayuu tribes living here are the only ones of Colombia that haven’t been colonized by the Spaniards. No wonder, there’s nothing there. No roads, no current water and only 4 hours of electricity a day. But they have lobster 😉
The most impressive part of the trip remains in the change of landscapes. Desert, sea, mangrove, and dunes develop unique panoramas. You’re all alone to take the time of appreciating the amazing colors in front of your eyes. The yellow ground turns even more yellow in the sun, the sand becomes orange with the sunset. By the way, we’ve never seen such beautiful sunset as in here.
So if you like isolation, you should definitely consider passing by La Guajira next time you’re in Colombia.