Cabo de la Vela
Cabo de la Vela is a fishing village in La Guajira in northern Colombia.
Although old electrical lines beckon to a more prosperous past, the town's infrastructure has since fallen into disrepair. All electricity is provided by individual generators and may only be available for a few hours per day. In budget and even mid-range establishments, running water may not be available for washing or toilets.
From Santa Marta or Riohacha there are tours to la Guajira which include the visit to Cabo de la Vela, the marvellous beach of Pilon de Azucar, the salt complex of Manaure, and sometimes also Punta Gallinas, which is the most northern point of South America. However, these tours are vastly more expensive than doing the trip on your own. Also, you spend a lot of time in the tour bus.
From Valledupar, get a shared taxi to Cuarto Vias (COP$15,000), and then you can follow the instructions above to get to Uribia.
Pilon De AzucarGreat views over the northern coastline can be seen after a 15-minute hike on the Sugar Loaf Mountain. For many visitors of Cabo the attached gold-sand beach is the most beautiful of the area. Cold drinks and snacks are available.
Faro Cabo de la VelaStunning sunsets can be seen at the lighthouse. From town it is an 1 hour walk to the north.
Ojo del AguaA beautiful half-moon shaped beach surrounded by 5-meter-high cliffs. Its name comes from small fresh water pool holy for the Wayuu people.
Manaure salt flatsSee the white salt fields next to the city of Manaure.
KiteboardingTowards the north end of town, about a half dozen shops offer kiteboarding rentals and lessons. The sheltered bay and offshore winds provide ideal conditions for learners and experts alike; on a given day there may be twenty or more kites over the water.
Best option if you like langosta is to buy it directly from the fishermen when they arrive on the beach. Prices start at COP$15,000 per kilo and can be bargained down. Ask them to boil them for you and eat them with lemon. You can also find a fantastic fruit stand on the main street that makes amazing juices and fruit salads.
phone: +57 312 630-6637One of the best choices in Cabo with a few decent cabanas and a great restaurant.
El Caracolphone: +57 314 569-7037Four cabins about 3m from the ocean and a great restaurant that serves 500g of lobster for COP$25,000. There are also hammocks at a cheaper rate. Fresh water and a bucket is provided for showers.
Rancheria UttaRun by a Wayuu family - a truly unique and wonderful place to stay.