Cabo de la Vela
Two Days, One Night
Worthy journey to the Northern reaches
Fall in love with a beautiful area of northern Colombia. Cabo de la Vela is located along the Caribbean Sea on La Guajira Peninsula in Colombia. It is known for its seaside views, breathtaking desert scenery and being home to the indigenous Wayuu people.
Take a 2 day/1 night tour to Cabo de la Vela where you can see the rocky cliffs and sandy beaches below while learning about traditional Colombian history and culture. Take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience by booking with The Dreamer. We are experts in this region and can’t wait to show you these gorgeous spots in Colombia.
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Cabo de la Vela is a headland in the Guajira Peninsula with an adjacent small fishing village made up of the traditional indigenous Wayuu people.
The cape for which its named is full of rocky cliffs above and sandy beaches below all set against a backdrop of stunning desert colors. At the northern tip of La Guajira Peninsula you will find Puntas Gallinas, an immaculate collision of desert and sea that is the northest point in South America and the coast's most remarkable setting.
A planned itineary is described below, and if you would like to reserve this experience, please contact us directly!
CABO DE LA VELA (2 Days, 1 Night)
We will depart around 6 am from The Dreamer Hostel in Santa Marta or Palomino and head to Cabo de la Vela. On the way, we will pass by Uribia, the indigenous capital of Colombia. We will then visit Manaure, the largest salt complex in Colombia. Afterwards, we will arrive in Cabo de la Vela and eat lunch in the early afternoon.
Your first chance to revel in the beautiful landscapes featuring desert and the sea is when we visit the spectacular Playa Dorada (Golden Beach) and walk towards the lighthouse to watch the sunset. Later, we will arrive at a quaint hotel where we will have dinner and spend the night under the stars in the hammocks.
Included: Lunch, dinner, ground transportation, overnight accommodation.
After a delicious breakfast early in the morning, we will head to Pilon de Azucar beach. You will get the chance to climb a small mountain and enjoy the beautiful views across Cabo de la Vela and the desert.
Afterwards, we will have lunch then head back to The Dreamer in Santa Marta or Palomino.
Included: Breakfast, lunch, ground transportation
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is Cabo de la Vela safe?
The trek is not considered dangerous. Colombia’s safety conditions have improved within the last couple of years and visitors should not worry about danger while visiting Colombia or hiking to the Lost City. Just like along any trail, hikers are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes and watch where they are walking to avoid accidents or injuries along the trail.
Can I go to Cabo de la Vela alone?
No, visitors cannot hike to the Lost City alone. Every group or person must be accompanied by a local guide. This is a government regulation to ensure hikers don’t get lost along the trail. This rule is also to help ensure hikers do not disturb the indigenous people who live in the area or the delicate ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta.
What is the weather like in Cabo de la Vela?
Expect the weather to be extremely humid in the daytime. The average high temperatures hover between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 23 degrees Celsius) throughout the year. The nighttime cools down a bit with temperatures ranging between 57 and 62 degrees Fahrenheit (13 to 16.5 degrees Celsius) throughout the year. December through March generally has less rain, but you should still expect afternoon showers throughout the year.
I have a tight schedule, what's best?
It can take anywhere from 4 to 6 days from the start of the trail (called El Mamey) to reach the Lost City, then return to the starting point. For visitors who want to hike at a slower pace and enjoy the scenery, choose the 5-day option. If you are short on time or want to spend a day exploring a different part of Colombia, expect to walk faster and farther during each leg of the trip.
Do I need to know Spanish?
It’s always best to know a couple of Spanish words while visiting Colombia, but you do not need to know Spanish to enjoy a Lost City Trek. Your tour guide will speak English and Spanish and assist travelers if translation is needed. For information on Lost City treks led in other languages besides English and Spanish, email email@example.com.
Where will I sleep during the trip?
Since this is a trek through the jungle, the accommodations each night will be simple and rustic. You can look forward to sleeping in hammocks or bunk beds depending on the campsite. Electricity will be limited or not available depending on the campsite, so don’t expect to charge various tech devices every night.
When is the best time of year to visit Cabo de la Vela?
You can take a Lost City trek any time of the year except September, but consider going during the drier months between December and March. May and October usually see the most rain, making it a bit more challenging to hike because of the mud and downpours. No one is permitted to do the Lost City Trek in the month of September because this is the time local indigenous people take care of the area as part of sacred tradition.