A Quiet Hub On The Way To La Guarija
After a short night in Barranquilla, we immediately continued by bus to Riohacha, a 4 hour ride straight east. This laid back little town serves as a gateway for those few tourists who head out to the desert-like Guajira Peninsula.
We did not expect much, but were pleasantly surprised to discover a town with a breezy “Malecon” lined with people selling Artesania and seafood restaurants. Even the beach is quite nice, anyway a lot nicer than the ones at such popular places like Taganga or Santa Marta.
At our hotel “El Castiallo del Mar”, a comfortable but strange looking place, we met Francisco, the general manager of Kai Ecotravel. He proved to be an unfailing source of information about the peninsula, the local Wayuu people and he also arranged our transport to Punta Gallinas at the northeastern tip of the peninsula, the northernmost point of South America.
After our return from La Guajira, Riohacha had unfortunately been taken over by the drivers of the Rally Guarija that was about to start to next day.