Top things to do in La Guajira Peninsula

Top Choice Fusion in Riohacha

Lima Cocina Fusión

The cool interior of this polished place exerts a magnetic force on hungry walk-by traffic. While the name's a little misleading (there's not much gourmet Peruvian cuisine to be had), the food quality and service ar…
Top Choice Beach in Punta Gallinas

Playa Taroa

This exceptional and extremely remote beach at the very northern tip of the South American continent is La Guajira's highlight. Massive sand dunes drop off dramatically into the Caribbean, forming an ethereal landsc…
Nature Reserve in Riohacha

Santuario de Fauna y Flora Los Flamencos

Pink flamingos inhabit this tranquil, 700-hectare nature preserve in great numbers: up to 10,000 in the wet season (usually September through December). Groups of up to 2000 birds can usually be seen in one of the p…
Viewpoint in Cabo de la Vela

Pilón de Azúcar

Pilón de Azúcar looms over the eponymous beach and provides the area's most telescopic viewpoint, with the whole of Alta Guajira displayed before you and the Serranía del Carpintero mountain range in the distance. A…
Beach in Cabo de la Vela

Playa del Pilón

Playa del Pilón, far and away the most beautiful beach in Cabo, is a vivid orange-sand beach lapped by surprisingly cool waters and framed by low, rocky cliffs. Spectacular at any time of day, the colors are especia…
Seafood in Riohacha

La Casa del Marisco

This place, right on the seafront, attracts local families all day long with its deliciously prepared, freshly landed fish and seafood. Specialties include several types of fish casserole, calamari al gusto and frit…
Bay in Punta Gallinas

Bahía Hondita

This gorgeous bay has several islands, to which boat trips are often made on tours. A large colony of flamingos also calls the shallow waters of this breathtaking place home, and flamingo-watching boat excursions ru…
Lebanese in Riohacha

Al Arz

Delicious, simple Lebanese food in a mercifully air-conditioned environment. The staff is exceptionally friendly, the hummus is creamy and the pita bread perfectly soft. You may have to knock on the door to get them…
Beach in Cabo de la Vela

Ojo de Agua

This remote-feeling and craggily beautiful crescent-shaped dark-sand beach is bound by 5m-high cliffs where iguanas roam. The beach gets its name from a small freshwater pool that was discovered here, a deeply sacre…
Lighthouse in Cabo de la Vela

El Faro

Wayuu and tourists alike head to El Faro, a small lighthouse at the edge of a rocky promontory, for stiff winds and tangerine sunsets. The view is stunning. It's a 3.5km walk from town, or you can wrangle a ride wit…