Cabo de La Vela

Cabo de la Vela

Spanish explorer Juan de la Cosa discovered the cape in 1499 during his fourth travel as pilot for the expedition of Alonso de Ojeda, making this place, together with the Gulf of Paria the first places ever visited by the Europeans on South American mainland. Its name derives from the first view of the cape from the sea, when the pale colors of the promontories and their curvaceous forms emerging from the flat desert, suggested vaguely to the Spanish the shape of a sailboat.

The foundation of the first settlements in the area was made by Nikolaus Federmann who founded a village near the Cabo de la Vela with the name Nuestra Señora Santa María de los Remedios del Cabo de la Vela in 1535, the first settlement in La Guajira. Pearl deposits led to constant attacks from the indigenous Wayuu and other Spanish conquerors from the neighboring Government of Santa Marta and New Andalusia Province, and the village was moved to present-day Riohacha in 1544 and refounded by Nikolaus Federmann.

The aboriginal inhabitants of the area were an ethnic group of Arawaks, which remained free, defeating the Spanish Conquest. Their descendants, the Wayuu people, still inhabit the area. Cabo de La Vela (Jepirra in Wayuunaiki) is a sacred place to them, since they believe it is the place where the souls of all the deceased travel to rest with the ancestors, as the gate to afterlife.

The cape is surrounded by the La Guajira Desert, part of the larger Guajira-Barranquilla xeric scrub. There are in the area several saline lagoons and mudflats visited by large populations of American Flamingos.

Wayuu indigenous tradition says that after sailing or Jepirra will rest in peace the soul of the people who die. And there would be much hotter and beautiful place to visit a magical territory covered by desert sand and the placidity of the marine waters.

$ 260.000 Pesos Colombianos

Departure at 4:30 am from Santa Marta, Riohacha transfer to arrive at 7:30 am for breakfast. At 8:30 am departure to Cabo de la Vela on the road to Maicao and taking the deviation “cuatrovías” to Uribía. While in Uribía we take the deviation to the left towards Manaure, mining area of ​​artisanal sea salt by the Wayuu indigenous mode and salt mining concession from the Colombian government. Snack. We continue the route to the Cabo de la Vela by trails and desert, reaching at 2:30 p.m. for lunch. You can visit the Pilon de Azucar hill and enjoy the spectacular scenery offered by the Lighthouse.

On the second day we will have breakfast around 7:00 am, then you can enjoy the beautiful beaches with calm waters offered by the Cabo de la Vela. At 10:00 am he returned in the road parallel to the railway, visit Uribia, Guajira Indian capital. At 1:30 pm we arrive at Riohacha for lunch and 3:30 pm We moved to Santa Marta.

-Ground Transportation
-2 Breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
-Lodging 1 night
-Tour Guide
-Travel Insurance
– Consumption outside the plan (water, soft drinks)
– Crafts
– Equipment rental
-Use Comfortable clothing
-Use Sunscreen and hydration during the trip
-Bring Swimsuit
-Use Sports shoes
-Use Repellent