Welcome to Riohacha
Riohacha, traditionally the end of the line, is the gateway to the northern, semiarid desert region of La Guajira and still retains more than a little frontier-town feeling. As tourism in the peninsula has developed in recent years, Riohacha has become an unlikely mini–traveler hub and you may well find yourself spending the night here on the way to or from more isolated and beautiful parts of Colombia. The town isn't teeming with things to do, but it's pleasant enough; there's a 5km-long beach strewn with palm trees, and the long pier, constructed in 1937, makes for a lovely evening stroll. Despite Riohacha's oppressive heat during the day, there's generally a cool breeze coming in off the Caribbean and the town is friendly and welcoming.