Cabo De Vela
Cabo De Vela is a fishing village in the very north of Colombia - La Guajira. Cabo De Vela, Colombia is renown for its kite surfing, the desert landscapes and the sea. It is not part of the tourist trail but in recent years is becoming a more popular tourist travel destination in Colombia.
This article is broken intot he following sections:
What to do in Cabo De Vela
Punta Gallinas is the most northern point of South America. Tours can be organized within Cabo De Vela a day or two before departure. Between 100,000 - 150,000 COP per person. All-inclusive tours to Punta Gallinas can be organized from Santa Marta, but are generally much more expensive.
More information in my Punta Gallinas Blog Post.
Pilón de Azúcar
Pilón de Azúcar is an incredible cove beach of turquoise waters and beautiful desert hues of yellow, orange and red. One of my favourite destinations in Colombia. It is 30 minutes from Cabo De Vela by Moto which can be organized from within town - 5000 COP one way.
You can read more about Pilon De Azucar in this post.
A historic lighthouse situated on the top of a hill with panoramic views over the the Caribbean Sea.
Cabo De Vela is reknown for great kitesurfing. The conditions are ideal as there are strong winds and flat waters. There are a number of Kite Surfing Schools in Town located to the further end of town.
For Kitesurfing lessons expect to pay approximately:
One-hour lesson - $120,000 cop
Four-hour course - $400,000 cop
Eight-hour course - $800,000 cop
Ten-hour course - $900,000 cop
For Windsurfing lessons excpect to pay approximately:
One-hour lesson - $90,000 cop
Four-hour course - $350,000 cop
Sleeping in Cabo De Vela
There are plenty of hostels on the waterfront in Cabo De Vela. Each with different sleeping options - hammock, dorm room or private room.
Prices per night vary but expect to pay:
Hammock - 5,000-10,000 COP
Chinchorro (bigger hammock) - 15,000-20,000 COP
Beds - unknown (if you find out, please let me know)
Hammock or Chinchorro is recommended as they are usually located within 5 meters from the ocean. Nice cool breezes as opposed to a stuffy room.
Water in Cabo De Vela
Water is hard to come by in La Guajira. The stores generally sell only small 600ml bottles for 3000 COP or more. For that reason it is recommended to bring what you can from towns and cities close by such as Santa Marta, Palomino, Urbibia or Riohacha.
Eating in Cabo De VelaFood is generally more expensive in Cabo De Vela because everything needs to be brought in by four wheel drive. A standard menu for lunch or dinner with chicken, beef, fish or goat will be 10-15,000 COP. If you like lobster you can expect to pay 20-40,000 COP for a plate. There are some cheaper options such as hot dogs and empanadas - 1,000 - 5,000 COP. If you can bring food in with you it is highly recommended.
What to bring to Cabo De Vela
All supplies are brought in by Four wheel drive, meaning most things are a little more expensive. For this reason bring in water and snacks where you can.
There are no atms (cajeros automaticos) in Cabo De Vela. The nearest option being Uribia. For that reason bring cash with you.
Accommodation (low to high-end): 5,000 - 50,000 COP
Meals : 10,000 - 40,000 COP
Punta Gallinas transport only - 100,000 - 150,000 COP
The tour operators will drop you off in Uribia or Cuatro Vias as part of that price and therefore you can pay afterwards if you are low on cash.
How to get to Cabo De Vela
Uribia is the closest city to Cabo De Vela. You can get to Uribia from Santa Marta, Palomino or from any other place located on the Troncal 90.
From Santa Marta you can get a bus to Riohacha and then a shared taxi to Uribia for 15,000 COP. Alternatively, you can get a bus directly from Santa Marta to Cuatro Vias and from there, a shared taxi to Uribia, or a 4 wheel drive directly to Cabo De Vela (15,000 COP each passenger).
We took a bus from Santa Marta directly to Cuatro Vias (approximately 20,000 COP). Then a shared four wheel drive directly to Cabo De Vela. For a sense of timing. We left from Santa Marta at 12pm and arrived in Cabo De Vela for sunset. There was little to no waiting at Cuatro Vias.
The driver will take you anywhere you need to go in Cabo De Vela, but will generally drop you off at one of their family members hostels. I would recommend heading to the far end of the town where the kite surfing and more activity is.
You can find the location of Cabo De Vela below: