Out on the northeastern horizon, you see an odd triangular-shaped rock rising out of the flat landscape. This is Kamainshi (Kamaici), the Lord of the Things of the Sea鈥攐r for alijuna, El Pil贸n de Az煤car. It has always been a sacred site, believed to be Jepira, where the spirits of the dead arrive. Now a Virgin of Fatima shrine perches atop the white and pale green stone. From that vantage point, you can see the windmills of Parque E贸lico Jepirachi twirling in the far distance. At the western foot of Kamainshi is a small, golden-sand beach where you can cool off before continuing your hike. Swimming is fine near the beach, but further offshore, there is a strong current.
Cabo de Vela, Colombia
Hike, Day trip, Historical site
To get there, follow the road northward out of town; when you get to the T crossroads, turn right. This will take you directly to El Pil贸n de Az煤car. From the main part of the village on the south shore, it takes about an hour one way.
Travel Tips: A loose-gravel path zig-zags to the top. It can be quite windy on the summit, so light-weights will have a go of it; if with young children, hold onto them tight. It is a steep drop down to the sea. The apex is only 2.5-3 meters (7-10 ft) wide. Families sell soft drinks and water in the parking lot at El Pil贸n de Az煤car.
Relative price: Free
Open Hours from:Dawn
Open Hours to:Dusk
Travel Skills: intermediate/somewhat difficult.
You Need to Bring:
Take along plenty of water and some snacks; sunscreen, hat and shirt; camera; and, swimwear. If going in the late afternoon, also bring a flashlight just in case you get caught by darkness on the return.
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