Punta Gallinas is South America's most northerly point and offers one of the continent's most dazzling landscapes. Its access point, Bahía Hondita, is where burnt-orange cliffs surround an emerald bay with a wide and wild beach, beyond which a large colony of pink flamingos make their home. Otherwise the bay is home to just eight Wayuu families, who dwell in an exceptionally harsh environment peppered with vibrant green vegetation and shared only with herds of goat and locust.
As the continent gives way to the Caribbean, massive sand dunes toppling 60m in height push right up against the shimmering turquoise sea, like a five-story sand tsunami in reverse. This is Playa Taroa, perhaps Colombia's most beautiful and certainly its least trampled-upon beach, accessed by sliding down a towering sand dune right into the water.