Cabo de la Vela

Cabo de la Vela is a fishing village in La Guajira in northern Colombia.


Pilon De Azucar

Cabo de la Vela (Spanish for "cape of sails") is a headland in the Guajira Peninsula with an adjacent small fishing village. It is a popular ecotourism destination of the Caribbean Region of Colombia. The cape is surrounded by the La Guajira Desert, several saline lagoons and mudflats visited by large populations of American Flamingos.

Get in

Coast at the Pilon de Azucar
Manaure salt flats

From Maicao, get a Riohacha bound bus and ask the driver to drop you off at Cuatro Vias (COP2,000). Then head north to Uribia on a shared taxi (COP6,000). From there catch a 4 wheel drive collectivo to Cabo de la Vela (COP15,000) and the driver will drop you where you need in town or at one of his friends' hostel. Make sure to get to Uribia by the early afternoon to make the connection. Likewise, transportation back to Uribia universally leaves at 04:00 from Cabo (but not on Sundays). The main purpose of these vehicles is taking locals to work in Uribia and elsewhere, hence the early times.

From Santa Marta or Riohacha there are tours to la Guajira which include the visit to Cabo de la Vela, the marvellous beach of Pilon de Azucar, the salt complex of Manaure, and sometimes also Punta Gallinas, which is the most northern point of South America. However, these tours are vastly more expensive than doing the trip on your own.

From Valledupar, get a shared taxi to Cuarto Vias (COP15,000), and then you can follow the instructions above to get to Uribia.


Desert in La Guajira
Ojo del Agua


Wayuu artesanias, it's hard to escape the sellers.


Seafood is the number one and only option and lots of beach restaurants have fresh langostas and fish on the menu.

Best option if you like langosta is to buy it directly from the fishermen when they arrive on the beach. Prices start at COP15,000 per kilo and can be bargained down. Ask them to boil them for you and eat them with lemon. You can also find a fantastic fruit stand on the main street that makes amazing juices and fruit salads.


There aren't really any bars, in Cabo de La Vela, however Beers (Club Colombia & Agullia) can be purchased for around COP2,000.


Numerous and very similar hostels are lined up on the beach where you can sleep in hammocks, dorms or private rooms.

Stay Safe

In the past Cabo de la Vela was not affected by presence of paramilitary groups and guerrillas as other parts of Guajira close to the Venezuelan border. There is a Police station on the beach, and it is frequented by middle-class families from Bogotá during the Christmas high season. Like any tourist destination use common sense.

Go next

On Sundays, collectivos stop early but you can get a ride out of the peninsula when the tours start heading back to Riohacha.

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