Red Cross and UN Presentation
The third day of the tour was very relaxed. In the morning after breakfast, there was a special program put on by visiting Red Cross and United Nations staff for the Wayúu children. Many of the children walked over an hour in the desert with their families to attend and all were given Christmas gifts.
After the presentation, the Wayúu villagers put on a dance exhibition for their visitors. They dressed in traditional costumes and even invited guests to participate. I was chosen and did a terrible job “dancing”. Thankfully, no video exists!
In the afternoon, Marisol and I were taken by boat to Punta Aguja, a small deserted beach not too far from the village. We relaxed in hammocks for a couple hours and took an occasional dip in the sea. We then walked back to the village before dark. It was an easy half hour walk.
Goodbye, Punta Gallinas
We had one final dinner with Pedro and our new Wayúu friend, Karelbis, before gazing at the clear night sky filled with bright beautiful stars. We went to bed around 9pm for an early wake up the next day and our return boat ride to Cabo de la Vela.
Punta Gallinas was easily the highlight of the tour with its unique desert landscape. We will also never forget the hospitality of our Wayúu hosts. I have to admit it was tough to leave the place. It was a slice of paradise.