Pilón de Azúcar
Pilón De Azúcar is a small desert beach cove where the Guajira Desert meets the Caribbean Sea, located 30 minutes from Cabo De Vela. It is possibly one of my favourite beaches in the world.
Pilón De Azúcar has beautiful turquoise waters and rich desert hues of yellow, orange and red. Surrounding the cove are a variety of interesting land formations - sand dunes, cliffs, hills and rock formations.
What to do at Pilón De Azúcar
Swim, enjoy the sun and walk up to a lookout point.
It was recommended we spend the morning at Pilón De Azúcar (up to midday). After then, we were told the winds pick up and it is less enjoyable. We opted to stay until sunset. The winds didn't get strong that day and it was definitely worth the wait.
The sunsets in La Guajira and in particular - Pilon de Azucar are incredibly colourful. This is a landscape photographer's dream travel photography destination.
What to Bring Pilón De Azúcar
It is recommended to bring the following:
- hiking shoes;
- towel; and
There are some shelters on arrival where local Wayuu sell artisanal goods and snacks, but if you are staying for a long time you will need to bring your own food.
How to get to Pilón De Azúcar
You can organize a moto to take you to Pilón De Azúcar from Cabo De Vela for 5,000 COP one way. Be sure to organize a time for your driver to pick you up as well because it is a long walk back to Cabo De Vela.
The mote ride from Cabo de Vela to Pilón de Azúcar itself is enjoyable through the desert landscape.
You can find out more information on how to get to Cabo De Vela in this article.
Pilón de Azúcar is located below