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Laguna de Utta - Birdwatching Cabo de Vela - Colombia

A virtually unexplored birder’s paradise awaits you: Laguna de Utta, which stretches across the desert just east of Cabo de la Vela, between the village and El PilĂłn de AzĂșcar. Not many visit this lagoon, which is a seasonal haven for waterfowl, such as flamingos and herons, as well as for shorebirds like sandpipers. Despite the immense size of this lagoon, its mangrove ecosystem has been little studied. Laguna de Utta has not yet been designated a protected area either.

Cabo de Vela, Colombia

Birdwatching Types:

Getting There

Follow the road northward out of town; when you get to the T crossroads, turn right. You will begin seeing the lagoon’s shore about 100 meters (328 ft) to the right of the road. From the main part of the village on the south shore, it takes approximately 30-45 minutes.

Travel Tips:

It's best if you take the walk to the lagoon in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat. Be careful walking around the shore, as it is marshy. Also beware of snakes. Ask around in the village to see if someone has a launch to hire for boating around the lagoon.

Price Description:

Free, except if you hire a boat.

Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:Dawn

Open Hours to:Dusk

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

Take along plenty of water and some snacks; sunscreen, hat and shirt; sturdy footwear; and, binoculars. If going in the late afternoon, also bring a flashlight just in case you get caught by darkness on the return.

El Faro, El PilĂłn de AzĂșcar, Ojo del Agua, Hoyos Sopladores and Cuevas del Diablos are other places that are worth a visit.

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

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