Getting to la Guajira

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.

The last descent road of La Guajira. After this, it’s all desert.

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!

Our ride for sightseeing in Punta Gallinas
Our clandestino ride for sightseeing in Punta Gallinas. Best panoramic view ever!

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.

Sunrise, in the middle of the desertic road to Punta Gallinas.

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 😉

Getting to know the locals while our driver fixes the car.
Getting to know the locals while our driver fixes the car.

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.


4 thoughts on “Getting to la Guajira

  1. Thank you; very impressive pictures and captivating stories! 🙂 Not just this – especially all Chile and Colombia related articles are giving me a kind of home sickness back to the life there. After several years of living in there you still managed to show me new places. And la hora loca at the wedding is indeed the crazy hour, right? 😉 Would be nice to read did everything go smoothly or did you encounter any challenges on the way? Happy travelling and saludos de Austria!


    • Thanks for reading us and giving some feedback Johanna! La “hora loca” is indeed crazy. But I think that on the Caribean, every hour is a bit “loca”. Obviously everything didn’t go smoothly, so I think we should make a post about it very soon! Thanks for the insight 😉 Hugs!


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