Welcome to La Guajira Peninsula

Even today, this is a diesel-and-dust landscape with more than a whiff of Mad Max–like lawlessness. Sadly, the roadsides around the small towns in the west are littered with rubbish – indeed, the symbol of modern-day Guajira might well be a plastic bag caught in a leafless bush. Fortunately, as you head east the litter fades away until you fall upon the end-of-the-world paradise of Punta Gallinas, an immaculate collision of desert dunes and crashing waves.

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La Guajira Peninsula in detail