Colombia, one of the best Country I was in my life. Cabo de la Vela a dream, a place where relax is not an option, is a must. I’m trying to remember exactly the feeling and the sensation I had in that place because it was a unique moment in my 2017 summer…..
Cabo de la Vela is definitely one of the most beautiful and less popular destinations in the country. Yes, because Cabo de la Vela is something indefinite and fairy tale that makes you completely lose the conception of time and space and the desire to return to reality. It is a nowhere place, desert in the extreme north Colombia.
Cabo de la Vela is a mirage that comes unexpectedly. I remained positively surprised in front of such a prodigy of nature. The colors, blue and yellow of the sand are the dominant colors that reveal their indisputable complementary in the three natural elements that you feel alive in this peninsula: air, water and earth. A mystical place, where the connection with nature is so strong to regenerate any of your cells, animal or vegetable that here you will meet.
Cabo de la vela is populated by a tribe of fishermen, the wayuu who live in this land forgotten by many. They are lands never occupied by foreign peoples because of the very harsh climate, the average temperatures are 35-Celsius degrees. These spaces belong to an unknown dimension, one of those places where time takes a breath and slows down its rhythm.
One road where the village comes to life around the bamboo huts where the locals live. Electronic devices are used only for communications between locals that organize the jeeps and accommodations to meet the few requests of the people who come here. Furthermore, the electricity arrives to this place only few hours after 5 o clock in the afternoon and you are seduced by all those things that are typical of the western world.
The hours run very slow marked by the sweetness of the sun that marks the time. The inebriation of the breeze that raises from the see to the sand is always with you in your hair. After the sun goes down, you will leave that world and sleep until the next morning.
But let me tell you my trip!
You arrive there after a long road. I left Palomino with a friend in the morning, where I stayed in a “finca” of a new friend met during the trekking to the “Ciudad Perdida”. If you want to know, more about this exiting experience read my article on it! (Link to be added)
After the bus that was almost 8 Euro for going from Palomino to Rioacha, we had a lunch in the small city and we went to change money in an mall. Remember to change money because from Rioacha in the entire Guajira peninsula, you cannot withdraw money.
Many people normally prefer to take an organized travel to visit Cabo, Punta Gallinas and say: “Yes, I was in the northeast point of South America!” The price is around 120 Euro for 2 and half day.
I decided to go on my own as I love freedom and if I love a place, I can stay more…..
So after the break we took another bus (for 5 Euro) to the “4 vias”, a crossroad where you find drivers that will bring you with an off road vehicle finally to Cabo de La vela.
For my friend and me, it was such an adventure because to say the truth…. I did not take a bus but a Jeep with other Colombian people that normally transport goods… Good experience to tell….
Anyway we waited there for 2 hours, because the driver were waiting for somebody else, make more money and convince more people to take the tour they organize.
We paid 20 Euro for the transportation. The road is like a movie, there is only sand around you and the rails walk at your right side as they are telling you where to go. Sometimes during this, hour and half you see some local people chilling under a curtain that try to sell water bottles or juices. Unfortunately, as there are always 35 degrees all the liquids are not cold!
One tip: Before going there buy the natural water, you think you will need there. You can buy some water in the small shops but it cost a lot!
We arrived to Cabo de la Vela during the sunset and we had to search a place for sleeping. No problem, in Cabo the locals have huts and hammocks everywhere. Therefore, it is not difficult to find a place to stay. What you have to decide is how much you want to pay, what you want to do! Yes, they normally sell the beds and the mini tour you can do in the area.
After bargaining for one hour, I found what I desired… A place in front of the beach where to sleep first for one night (we remained 2 nights finally) and the tours for the day after plus Punta Gallinas for 2 days (Accommodation and food included with the transportation around the peninsula). All this for 60 Euro.
Among the place to visit there is the “Pilar de Azúcar”, which according to the tradition wayuu would be the sacred place where the souls of the dead people take refuge to rest and take care of the village and secure their dreams of peace and tranquility.
To recap the total price: for transportation from Palomino plus 2 nights in Cabo de la vela and one in Punta Gallinas, the tours to visit the areas and the transportation to go back to Rioacha was: 90 Euro but with 1 day and half more than the organized travel.