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Macuira National Park Wayuú 5 Day Experience

Visit the beautiful Macuira National Natural Park, experience the local customs and cultures of the Wayuú people, and surround yourself with the breath-taking backdrop of Alta Guajira, with its endless horizon of contrasting lands.

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Macuira National Park Wayuú 5 Day Experience

Highlights

  • Hike to Ipakiwou Chorro.
  • Immerse yourself in the local customs and cultures of the Wayuú, in Alta Guajira.
  • Visit the stunning Macuira National Natural Park.

Description

In the northern most corner of Colombia, the Alta Guajira is an endless horizon of dry forests and deserts combined with stunning blue seas, creating dramatic contrasting scenery. Inhabiting Punta Gallinas are the native Wayuú, and you will have the opportunity to share their culture, experience everyday life on the rancherías, and observe their well conserved customs, clothing, food, and cultural practices. Visit the beautiful Macuira National Natural Park and hike to Ipakiwou Chorro and see beach after stunning beach in this five day tour.

Duration

5 days

Itinerary

Day 1
Meet in Riohacha. Departure to Cabo de la Vela, passing through the indigenous capital of Colombia, Uribia.
Lunch at Hotel Juyasirain, Uribia.
Visit Manaure and the salt excavation site.
Arrive at Cabo de la Vela, visit the Pilón de Azúcar beach and the Ojo de Agua. Watch the sunset at the lighthouse.
Dinner and sleep in either a hammock or cabin with bunk beds.

Day 2
Breakfast in Cabo de la Vela before departing to Nazareth, stopping by the Eolian Wind Park, Puerto Bolívar, La Bahía de Portete, Bahía Honda, and rancherías in Unión and Buenos Aires.
Lunch at Pusheo beach in Bahía Honda.
Arrival at Nazareth, dinner and sleep in a chinchorro. (hammock)

Day 3
Breakfast before visiting the Macuira National Natural Park and hike to Ipakiwou Chorro.
Lunch in Nazareth.
Departure to Punta Gallinas.
Visit Puerto Estrella, the sand back, Los Patos Lagoon, and the Punta Gallinas lighthouse.
Dinner and accommodations in chinchorro.

Day 4
Breakfast before visiting Punta Aguja beach.
Departure to Bahía Honda, passing through the Taroa and Pusheo dunes.
Lunch in Pusheo.
Departure to Cabo de la Vela, passing through La Bahía de Portete, Puerto Nuevo, and the Eolian Wind Park.
Visit Pilón de Azúcar beach.
Dinner and accommodations in chinchorro.

Day 5
Departure to Riohacha.
Breakfast in Hotel Juyasirain, Uribia.
Arrival at Riohacha.

What’s Included

  • Transportation in 4 x 4.
  • Local Wayuú tour guide.
  • Accommodation. Sleeping either in a regular bed or in a chinchorro (typical handwoven hammock) according to the availability of the destination.
  • Complete meals during the duration of the trip featuring typical foods such as eggs, fish, shellfish, goat, and creole chicken.
  • Snacks and beverages. The menu can be changed to accommodate alternative food preferences.

What’s Not Included

  • Transportation from Bogotá – Riohacha – Bogotá.
  • Food and snacks outside of set meals.
  • Personal and miscellaneous expenses.

What to Bring

  • Shorts
  • Light pants (not jeans)
  • Light socks
  • T-shirts
  • Sandals
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Hiking boots
  • Beach shoes
  • Bathing suit
  • Water bottle
  • Pocket knife
  • Matches
  • Light blanket
  • Personal items
  • Flashlight with an extra set of batteries
  • Sunblock, sunglasses, and hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Proper identification
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Insulated sleeping mat
  • Sleeping bag
  • Camera

Important Notes

This tour is adventurous and highly demanding; it lacks the usual comfort of more conventional tours. Water is scarce, and the little electricity available is obtained from gas generators and solar panels. Roads are unpaved and dusty. The sun and the heat are very intense during the day, and temperatures drop dramatically during the night. There are no beds nor conventional hotels. Sleeping usually involves chinchorros (handwoven hammocks) hung at Wayuú villages (rancherías) camping sites, or tourist inns. You must be physically fit for this trip; it not suitable for people with any sort of physical handicap, nor for children under the age of 8 or adults over the age of 70. Although medical facilities (hospitals) are available, it is not recommended that anyone with a serious or chronic health condition participate in this tour. Temperatures range between 25° and 30°C.

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