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La Goajira
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How to Reach

By air

Airports nearest to Riohacha are sorted by the distance to the airport from the city centre.
   Riohacha/almiran Airport (distanced approximately 2.9 km)
   Buenavista Airport (distanced approximately 73 km)
   Maicao Airport (distanced approximately 76 km)
   San Juan Del Cesar Airport (distanced approximately 87 km)
   Valledupar Airport (distanced approximately 130 km)

Key places to visit
Paseo de la Marina, Valley of the Crabs, Sanctuary of Fauna and Flora Flamingos, The Laguna Salada, Shi Mukshi (Black Line)


Places to Visit

Paseo de la Marina

Made up of the beaches of the city and its articulation with the tourist wharf and bund on the coastal strip of Avenida La Marina, designed to exercise the walk at leisure, enjoying the scenery of the Caribbean Sea and the development of the conversation between pedestrians. Performing has twelve columns on the landscape and culture of La Guajira.

Valley of the Crabs

Spot the northeast of the city, located in the Rancheria River Delta, drained by the arm Kalaankala. It takes its name from the large population of crustaceans (crabs and Brackish Water Crabs) that inhabit this place. Its main vegetation the type form the Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), white (Laguncularia racemosa), Black (Avicennia germinans) and button (Conocarpus erecta). The characteristics of the confined beach in the area of coastal eco-tourism.

Sanctuary of Fauna and Flora Flamingos

The Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Flemish coastal Colombian Caribbean. Located between the Caribbean Sea and the dry forest of La Guajira, is this small area of coastal lagoons is irrigated by streams that supply an important area for birds that give it its name: the flamingos. Its surface is part of the department of La Guajira.

The Laguna Salada

The lake is the largest body of water in urban areas Riohacha. Formerly attached to an entire ecosystem Rancheria River Delta with a large population of migratory and native birds, the extension of the water was such that on 25 May 1820, in the struggles for independence, allowed the entry of vessels war, the patriots commanded by Admiral José Prudencio Padilla, giving rise to the Battle of the Laguna Salada. At present it is implementing a comprehensive recovery plan to reconnect with the Rancheria River Delta and the small lakes of Bocagrande and La Esperanza.

Shi Mukshi (Black Line)

Concept of sacred space, belonging to the Worldview Wiwa, Kogui and Ika (Arhuacos), older siblings living in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. They are energy sites in the contours of the Sierra, which is believed to contain large energy vital to world harmony and sustainability of places sensitive to contamination. In the municipality of Riohacha is shared in many places around the mouth of the Rio Rancheria (on both sides), the Laguna Salada, Laguna Bocagrande, La Laguna de La Esperanza, the mouth of Arroyo Guerrero, the Boca de Camarones between others distributed in hills and in places of sacred trees. They performed ceremonies with prayers Pagamentos Serankua and offerings of flowers and stones. It is vital to the preservation of these sites for the balance of the earth.

Right Time to Visit

December - January
May - June