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The Guajira Peninsula Things to See and Do

Wajirra is a land of contrasts: sea and desert, colonial Riohacha and modern Uribia, untouched landscapes and exploited resources. Sunsets and moon rises are breathtaking, especially at Cabo de la Vela, which also has stunning natural formations to explore. Beaches like Poport铆n and Palomino are virtually empty during the low season.

Guajira is a birdwatcher鈥檚 paradise, with flamingos taking haven in lagoons like Laguna de Utta, Carrizal and Musichi. Within the region are several important national parks, among them Macuira, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta and Santuario de Flora y Fauna Los Flamencos. The region also boasts the world鈥檚 largest open-pit coal mine, El Cerrej贸n; one of the biggest wind-turbine electricity projects, Parque E贸lico Jepirachi; and the greatest salt extraction at Manaure. You can visit all of them.

The female-centered Wayuu culture remains well-preserved. You can buy susu (bags), chinchorros (hammocks) or other weavings, spend an evening at a rancher铆a (settlement) eating typical food and drink, or attend the annual Festival de Cultura Wayuu.



Other Activity pages in The Guajira Peninsula that may be of interest: Uribia Activities, Manaure Activities, Cabo de Vela Activities and Riohacha Activities.





 
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The Malec贸n and Beach

The Malec贸n and Beach

Riohacha鈥檚 Malec贸n hugs the shell-strewn, pale beige sand. Depending on the season, the sea is caf茅 con leche-colored or turquoise....

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