La Guajira: Part 4

After a simple breakfast of scrambled eggs, arepa, and fruit, we left the village and began our first tour of the day. We made a quick stop at a cliff to get a unique view of Bahía Hondita, a small bay with immense natural beauty.

Bahía Hondita at Punta Gallinas, La Guajira, Colombia

Bahía Hondita

On the other side of the cliff was one of the most interesting football fields I had ever seen. It was on a flat parcel of land with rocks used to mark the sidelines, and two small wooden goals with nets. I couldn’t imagine playing on this field in the extreme desert heat and the wind that was blowing from seemingly every direction.

Desert football field at Punta Gallinas, La Guajira, Colombia

Desert football field

During the next part of the ride we were treated to an incredible desert landscape. At times, it seemed like we were very far away from civilization but there were always random people walking or biking through the desert. We were told many of them walk several kilometers in the intense heat to go from one house or village to the next.

Wayúu people walking to the next village at Punta Gallinas, La Guajira, Colombia

Wayúu people walking to the next village

The desert landscape at Punta Gallinas, La Guajira, Colombia

The desert landscape of Punta Gallinas

Next, we made a quick stop at a Wayúu home and met the residents. We were able to visit the home and their kitchen, which was in a separate building.

Wayúu home at Punta Gallinas, La Guajira, Colombia

Wayúu home

Marisol with a Wayúu family at Punta Gallinas, La Guajira, Colombia

Marisol with a Wayúu family

Continuing along, we stopped at Faro Punta Gallinas. This lighthouse was built in 1989 and sits at the northernmost point of Colombia and the continent of South America.

Faro Punta Gallinas at Punta Gallinas, La Guajira, Colombia

Faro Punta Gallinas

The wall on the small empty building next to the lighthouse made the significance of this geographical spot quite clear (in Spanish).

Faro Punta Gallinas at Punta Gallinas, La Guajira, Colombia

Faro Punta Gallinas

From there, we made another stop to see a panoramic view of Bahía Hondita.

Bahía Hondita at Punta Gallinas, La Guajira, Colombia

Bahía Hondita

Then it was the absolute highlight of the day, Dunas de Taroa. These tall sand dunes seemed to go on forever, but once at the top, it was a steep drop to one of the most scenic beaches you could imagine. It wasn’t safe to swim, but we had the entire beach to ourselves. We took a long walk to the far end of the beach and sat in a small natural pool until it was time to leave.

Dunas de Taroa at Punta Gallinas, La Guajira, Colombia

Dunas de Taroa

Dunas de Taroa at Punta Gallinas, La Guajira, Colombia

Dunas de Taroa

On the way back to the hostel, we stopped at a sea turtle sanctuary. The area was inland and the turtles were just babies kept in buckets until they were old enough to release. The man in charge of the program explained how the turtles were collected and cared for.

Turtle sanctuary at Punta Gallinas, La Guajira, Colombia

Turtle sanctuary

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