On the morning of the second day, Pedro woke us up at 5am. We were taken to nearby Puerto Bolívar for transport in small boats to Punta Gallinas. Puerto Bolívar is an industrial area used for shipping. There really isn’t any reason to be there other than for the boats to Punta Gallinas.
Boat to Punta Gallinas
It was a long and choppy ride in a small motorboat to Punta Gallinas. It was very uncomfortable, very windy, and very wet. Water was splashing into the boat when we crashed down onto the waves, but thankfully our bags were protected with a plastic tarp.
We reached a small piece of land jutting out into the sea and the boat turned right to take us down a small inlet, navigating around some mangrove trees. When we arrived, men started unloading the boat. We carried our backpacks up some stone steps to a plateau with an incredible view of the inlet.
Once at the top, we were greeted by the Wayúu hosts of Hospedaje Alexandra and shown our accommodation for the next two nights. We had a choice of hammocks or small cabins for an extra price of COP$40,000 per night. We chose the cabins. They were quite simple but equipped with an important luxury – a bathroom with running water and a shower.
The small village had some modest homes inhabited by the Wayúu, a basketball court that looked very much out of place, and a small chapel.