Many Colombian tourists spend their days in Cabo de la Vela with no intention of going to Punta Gallinas. However, for the more adventurous, Cabo de la Vela is a stepping stone to Punta Gallinas, even further removed from civilisation. Whilst Cabo de la Vela is classified as a village, Punta Gallinas is pure, arid desert. Arriving by boats through the blue shallows, the marsh plants part like a curtain to paradise. Bar a few settlements made of wooden sticks, there is nothing but glaring, yellow sand and barely any vegetation. It’s like discovering a new, uninhabited world. Head to Faro de Punta Gallinas (12°27’28″N, 71°39′56″W), which marks the Northern tip of the South America; enjoy the turquoise mirror bay that is Bahía Honda; and marvel at the monumental Dunas de Taroa, where the desert sand dunes embrace the sea with a sheer 45-degree descent. Running, sausage-rolling or roly-polying down is highly recommended!
As one of the most remote places I have ever been to, Punta Gallinas offers nature at its finest – the immensity of the desert, the intensity of an unforgiving sun set on the backdrop of the vast sea – just a little reminder of our inconsequential human existence in the face of nature’s immortality.
The transport costs also includes a tour – upon arrival, a 4×4 will drive you to all the main spots of Punta Gallinas (as mentioned above).
You will arrive at Hospedaje Alexandra on the Bahía Hondita, where most people tend to stay. The other option is Hospedaje Luzmila, a short drive away which has great views. If you choose to stay in the latter, let the driver know and he will drop you there at the end of the tour.
Hammocks $15,000COP / Chinchorros $20,000COP / Cabaña $30,000COP
Food will be provided at the hostel. If you want to save money, bring your own food as there are no other food options at Punta Gallinas!
Breakfast: Eggs and arepas $6.000COP
Lunch and dinner: chicken or Fish $15.000COP / Vegetarian (lentils) $10.000COP / Lobster $25.000COP (Freshly caught – and they give you a whole lobster each!)
How long should you stay?
Most people only stay one night, but you don’t get a chance to appreciate the remoteness and the peace this way. The first day is an early start and you’ll be knackered. Even though you get the afternoon to relax, one night means you have to be up at 4am again… Two nights means you can get some sleep, get up the next day and explore and truly appreciate the complete remoteness of Punta Gallinas!
Cabo de la Vela – Punta Gallinas
To get to Punta Gallinas, you can speak to any hostel owner in Cabo de la Vela (or just ask a local and they will point you in the right direction) and they will organise everything. For more information check out our post on getting to La Guajira.