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If you rely on historical Colombian literature to paint the picture of Riohacha (Wayuu: Süchiimma), you would believe it is a Wild West type of town, with lots of contraband running and other shady activities going on. Once arriving, though, you soon discover it’s a surprisingly pleasant place with a beautiful malecón and great beach. This is the capital of the Guajira, and the Wayuu, the native residents of this department, are present all over. Welcome to one of the most mysterious corners of Colombia!

The Troncal del Caribe highway passes directly through Riohacha, at Calle 15, cutting the city into two zones. In the center of this roadway, marking more or less the geographical center of the city, is a roundabout with a statue of the town’s most famous figure: the legendary Vallenato accordionist Francisco el Hombre, immortalized in song for his duel with the Devil and in Gabriel García Márquez’ Hundred Years of Solitude. Only one hour from the Venezuelan border, Riohacha makes a convenient resting point before heading to or coming from that sister nation.

Altitude: 3 m

Population: 125,000

City Code: 5

Neighborhoods in Riohacha: Near Riohacha,

Other places nearby Riohacha: Cabo de Vela, Palomino, Maicao, Uribia, Nazareth And Parque Nacional Natural Macuira and Manaure.

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Things to do in Riohacha

The MalecĂłn and Beach

122309Riohacha’s Malecón hugs the shell-strewn, pale beige sand. Depending on the season, the sea is café con leche-colored or turquoise. Along its length are plazuelas where you can rest from the ...
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Riohacha, Colombia

Cultural Centers of Riohacha

122310The afternoon heat and sun are quite strong in Riohacha. For a respite from the scorch, check out the latest art exhibits at one of the cultural centers. Some also have evening events. â–Ş Centro ...
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Riohacha, Colombia

Santuario de Flora y Fauna Los Flamencos

122312With the collapse of the fishing industry on this coast, Santuario de Flora y Fauna Los Flamencos was established in 1977 to recover the ecosystem and provide an alternative income to locals. The ...
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