La Guajira: Part 7

On the fourth and final day of our trip, we made a short return to Cabo de la Vela. After returning by boat from Punta Gallinas, we were shown a wind farm that provides much needed electricity to the area. I praise wind farms for their cleanliness but I despise them for ruining the natural surroundings.

Wind farm near Cabo de la Vela, La Guajira, Colombia

Wind farm

Next, we arrived at Pilón de Azúcar, a small mountain that is the highest point in the area. It is also sacred land to the Wayúu. They believe that the souls of their deceased travel to the afterlife from here.

Pilón de Azúcar, La Guajira, Colombia

Pilón de Azúcar

On the very top of the mountain is a small shrine to La Virgen de Fátima built by Spanish pearl divers in 1938.

Shrine to La Virgen de Fátima at Pilón de Azúcar, La Guajira, Colombia

Shrine to La Virgen de Fátima

Climbing to the top is well worth it and it takes less than ten minutes. The views are spectacular.

View from the top of Pilón de Azúcar, La Guajira, Colombia

View from the top of Pilón de Azúcar

View from the top of Pilón de Azúcar, La Guajira, Colombia

View from the top of Pilón de Azúcar

At the parking lot for the mountain is a small beach, Playa del Pilón. It looked like the most beautiful and swimmable beach in all of La Guajira that we had encountered, with crystal clear water and soft powdery sand, but unfortunately we were too short on time to swim. I was disappointed about this.

Playa del Pilón, La Guajira, Colombia

Playa del Pilón

After the mountain, we returned to the Wayúu ranch for our third disappointing meal, a quick breakfast, and the tour was over. We returned to Riohacha on another long and bumpy ride for transport back to Santa Marta with Pedro.

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