Kite Center Eoletto, during his 25 years in the kite-boarding and windsurfing business in Colombia has helped his clients find the wind routes to get to the spots. 🌵 La Guajira is our best known route and in recent years it has become our specialty.
In the desert, the landscape, the wind and the conditions of the spots (Riohacha, Camarones, Mayapo, Manaure, Cabo de la Vela and Punta Gallinas) have not changed much over the years, but the tourist industry, which gained strength in La Guajira towards 2016, have radically changed the region in a short time; the offers of accommodation, transportation, general services and above all are improve 👍, but the customs of the guajiros unfortunately too 👎 . The indigenous people who 10 years ago were nomads, and only in vacation seasons visited their businesses in the tourist areas, settled permanently now there, and the density of the local population, added to the visitors, revealed the fragility of the environment.
The quality of the offers change at great speed now in Guajira, -which was an ideal and paradisiacal place a few years ago, today it can be the destination of numerous mass tourism buses, that means there can be very difficult to sleep, to find food, service...-, for this reason in Eoletto, we are constantly updated on the best "small" hostels, restaurants, offers, the quietest places to sleep, the best qualified drivers, service providers who work well and it is they whom we recommend and support so that each sailor who comes to La Guajira has an optimal overall experience and said: " I will visit again La Guajira".
Avianca and Viva-Air fly daily to Riohacha. The nearby airports, with cheaper offers, are in Santa Marta and Valledupar; You have to take into account the distance between Riohacha and Santa Marta or Valledupar, both have very good public transport, it takes on average between three and five hours. The price of this public transport is between $ 20,000 cop to $ 60,000 cop, (updated 2020). There are also private transports that make this route, and have rates from $ 300,000 cop depending on the type of car. In general, all interdepartmental transportation to Riohacha meets insurance, and other official requirements.
Have a car in Riohacha can be very helpful, especially to go daily to sail in Camarones or Mayapo. They are nearby spots, about 40 minutes from Riohacha on a paved highway. Only the last stretch of beach access at the two sites are uncovered paths. If they are wet, the car is usually left in a nearby restaurant and walked to the lagoon.
Also, without any problem, you can visit Maicao, Uribia and Manaure on paved roads.
Gasoline in Riohacha is very cheap, both official and non-legal. Find A.C.P.M. ist not a dificult.
In Riohacha it is recommended to always leave the car in the parking lot.
Riohacha does not have rent-a-car offices, the closest are in Santa Marta and Valledupar.
From Riohacha to the desert the situation is different, because many of the cars are not official, have a temporary registration, or do not have it, and therefore the issue of insurance and the guarantee of the conditions of the cars is not very trustworthy. We recommend using accredited services.
But there is also another option if you want to live an extreme backpacking experience, you can take a collective desert transport, which we call transwayuu, is the form of transportation used by locals.
If you decide to do a off road trip in Guajira, you must take into account the time of year, the difficulties of the route and the situation of public order. These conditions are changing, so we recommend contacting us a week or two before leaving to give you truthful and updated information.
In general the winter time, October and November is difficult, the roads can get wet and with only one rain and you can be physically "surrounded by water everywhere". The difficulty is knowing the driest routes well. For this the drivers of the transwayues, who travel daily, can give you a hand and for a tip allow you to follow them through the desert. It can be picturesque, as they go from house to house, delivering passengers and supplies. Another option is to hire a local guide.
The option that we most recommend if you come in your own car, is to leave it in Uribia, in a parking lot, and hire a private 4x4 jeep to take you to Cabo de la Vela or Punta Gallinas.
Some of these destinations may be completely inaccessible in the winter, when locals offer boat trips. You should know that these maritime transports are not authorized until now, since they represent a great danger for passengers.
• Hikes. (In Cabo de la Vela: El faro, Ojo del Agua, Pilón de Azúcar y Cueva del Diablo beaches. In Camarones follow the medicinal route, in Macuira National Park traking with a gide)
• Visit Salinas de Manaure.
• Do a boat trip to see flamencos in Camarones.
• Fishing (take the necessary material).
• Have a wayuu experience and visit a community.
In Riohacha: We know Bona Vida, Laguna Salá, Casa Profunda. A friend recommnded the Patio Bonito House.
In Uribia: Hotel Jayasirain, we have not been there, the Tripadvisor says, “Only if you are desperate” and noted how loud is, but speaks about a good breakfast.
In Valledupar: We recommend the Hostal Provincia, 16th Street No 5-25.
In Chinchorro $25.000 cop for a night.
In Hammock $15.000 cop x night.
In a cabin. Book before. From $30.000 cop x nigth.
Call us for a recommendation.
Bring a travel blanket with you, it is cold at night.
Don't forget to bring a flashlight. Most desert lodges do not have electric light. They use generators a few hours a day.
Bring small money (no one has change)
Drink only water and bottled products. Juice can be dangerous. The ice they use is usually not drinkable.
Demand a locker from your host and use your own padlock. Take care of your personal things, flip flops, glasses, phones, wallets.
Get ready for the best lobsters in Punta Gallinas, the fresh fish from Mayapo where Doña María, the garlic shrimp in the Camarones, and the most varied offer of food in Riohacha.
A tip: In basics restaurants ALWAYS ask the price before eating.
The showers and bathrooms in wayuu environments in the desert are located in the backyard of the settlement in separate cabins for men and women. The toilets work with brackish well water that is available in tanks at the entrance of the cabins. For the showers they provide fresh water in buckets to their customers.