Three days, two nights
Reach the most Northern peak of South America
Come with us to visit the most northern point of South America to have the best view of the Caribbean Sea from the lighthouse at Punta Gallinas.
Punta Gallinas is best option for people who have a tight schedule and still want to enjoy the magic of the desert and its perfect harmony with the sea. The Punta Gallinas 3 day tour gives you sufficient time to appreciate the beauty of the nature that surrounds the landscapes of La Guajira.
Ready to adventure?
Take a 3 day/2 night tour to Punta Gallinas where you can see the desert dunes and Caribbean beaches below while learning about the indigenous communities that live in this region. Take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience by booking with The Dreamer.
A planned itinerary is described below, and if you would like to reserve this experience, please contact us directly!
PUNTA GALLINAS (3 Days, 2 Nights)
This fantastic adventure begins around 6 a.m from Dreamer Hostel, and then heading for Manaure through a deserted road. In Manaure, we visit Colombia's largest salt complex and then pass by Uribia, indigenous capital of Colombia. We will have a brief overview of the place and then we cross the majestic desert to reach Cabo de la Vela. Here we have lunch and rest to later visit Arco iris Beach, Pilón de Azúcar and finally the lighthouse where we ll enjoy a beautiful sunset. We return to the Ranchería to spend the night in hammocks.
On the second day of our adventure we leave about 8:00 am, after breakfast, we take a road surrounded by desert to Punta Gallinas. We pass by the Parque Eólico “Jepirachi” (Wind Park) to take pictures, we keep going through the deserted way bordering Bahia Honda and Bahía Hondita and finally reach the enigmatic Punta Gallinas approximately at 2:00 pm for lunch. We can spend the afternoon resting at the lodging and enjoying the beauty of the landscape.
Early after breakfast we will visit the Taroa Dunes, here you will find beautiful scenery of fine sand dunes that lead right to the sea, then we will return to The Dreamer in Santa Marta or Palomino.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is Punta Gallinas 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 Punta Gallinas 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 Punta Gallinas?
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 Punta Gallinas?
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.