La Guajira Adventure
La Guajira is a Colombian department on the Caribbean Sea, bordering Venezuela and encompassing most of the Guajira Peninsula. It extends beyond the spotless beaches, where cacti dominate its desert landscape. Few companies with strong ties to the indigenous Wayuu people make the long journey to bleak Punta Gallinas and the neighbouring Taroa Dunes, to the north. Capital city Riohacha with a palm-lined waterfront and beaches serves as the gateway for adventure tourism in the region.
Begin with a tour of Bogota’s architectural and cultural sights. Then travel to La Guajira, in the far northeast Caribbean coast. Here you will discover stunning lakes jammed with Pink Flamingos, sand dunes, deserted beaches and a stunning sea. Continue your way to Tayrona National Park, famous for its deep bays, beautiful coconut tree shaded beaches and coral reefs. Then visit the ancient walled city of Cartagena, bursting with character, colonial architecture and history.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12-DAY LA GUAJIRA ADVENTURE…
And, experience a ‘sunset’ of pink flamingos as they fly en-masse.
La Guajira Adventure
Riohacha, Tayrona National Park, Cartagena
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)
Day 01 – Arrive
Bogotá Meet and greet at El Dorado airport in Bogotá and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Grand House.
Day 02 – City Highlights Tour
Bogotá We’ll start the day with a guided tour around Bogota’s old town, La Candelaria. Explore Plaza Bolívar and various sites of historical and political significance For art lovers the Museo Botero houses works by, Picasso, Renoir, Dalí, Matisse, Monet and Giacometti.
The afternoon is yours to explore the city as you wish. Of particular interest is the Gold Museum.
Overnight at Grand House (B)
Day 03 – Transfer
Riohacha Transfer to the airport and depart by flight to Riohacha, once an important pearling port on the narrow bay of Boca de Camarón, Enjoy an afternoon visit to the flora and fauna sanctuary of Los Flamencos. This is the ideal place for getting to know the colourful Wayúu culture and for watching flamingos and other exotic tropical birds. In the evening, huge numbers of flamingos take off at once creating the illusion of an early pink sunset.
Overnight at Hotel Arimaca (B, L, D)
Day 04 – Visit Salt Pools
Cabo de la Vela You will today embark on a 60km road trip to visit the salt marshes of Manaure to see the enormous, pastel shaded salt pools. Continue on to Uribia, the most northern city in South America, to visit the artisan centre and admire the skilled weaving of beautiful hammocks and bags.
Travel along a dirt road that runs parallel to the railway used to transport coal from the mines to the port of Bolívar- beyond the railway, the road goes into the desert sporadically interrupted by cacti and Wayuu housing. Arrive in Cabo de La Vela and check-in to a simple hostel. This afternoon visit Playa Pilón de Azúcar where the blue sea breaks onto wild golden beaches. From the top of the Pilón, admire the spectacular panoramic view: the sea and sand on one side, the salt marshes on the other.
Overnight at Rancheria Utta o Pantu (B, L, D)
Day 05 – At Leisure
Riohacha Enjoy a free morning for beach activities.
Overnight at Hotel Arimaca (B, L)
Day 06 & 07 – Explore
Tayrona National Park Today take a three hour transfer to Tayrona National Park. Arrival and lodging in Ecohabs- Tayrona Indian style huts. Enjoy two days at leisure and relax on the beach or join one of the optional excursions.
Overnight at Hacienda Anacaona (B)
Day 08 – Transfer
Cartagena Today take the four to five hour car transfer to Cartagena. On arrival check-in to you hotel. Overnight at La Passion (B)
Day 09 to 11 – City Highlights Tour
Cartagena Begin your day with a panoramic view of the city from the monastery and church of La Popa. Built in 1606, it is perched on the area’s only important elevation and was formerly called “La Popa del Galeón”, for its incredible resemblance to the stern of a galleon. Visit the fortress of San Felipe de Barajas, built on the San Lázaro hill in order to defend the city from pirate attacks. Continue to the old town to visit the convent of San Pedro Claver and the artisan centre in Las Bóvedas. Enjoy a free afternoon for individual activities.
Free days for individual activities. An excursion to the Archipiélago del Rosario is recommended.
Overnight at La Passion (B)
Day 12 – Depart
Bogotá This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Bogotá. (B)
Make this your holiday
Getting There Colombia’s biggest international airport is Bogatá’s Aeropuerto Internacional El Dorado. Direct services from Europe to Bogotá are offered by Iberia (Madrid and Barcelona), Air France/KLM (Paris), Avianca (Barcelona and Paris) and Lufthansa (Frankfurt). Avianca also operates flights from Madrid to Cali and Medellín. In South and Central America, Lan links Bogotá with major Latin American cities. From the Amazon region, it’s possible to cross to or from Colombia into Manaus, Brazil, and Iquitos, Peru, by taking a riverboat.
When to go December through March is Colombia’s high season with plenty of sunny days; ideal for exploring the country’s charming towns and cities, the coffee district, and relaxing on the beach. April brings sporadic rain but persistent rainfall is very unusual. Remember, Easter is a popular time for regional tourism. July and August brings a short dry season and a good time to visit Colombia. September onwards, tourism begins to decline but it can still be a good time to visit as dry weather can still be enjoyed, and the advantage of off-peak travel should not be overlooked.