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.

Colourful sunset at Pilón De Azúcar, La Guajira, Colombia

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.

Pilón De Azúcar, La Guajira, Colombia

What to Bring Pilón De Azúcar

It is recommended to bring the following:

  • water;
  • food;
  • shade;
  • sunblock;
  • hiking shoes;
  • swimmers;
  • towel; and
  • camera.

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.

Colourful sunset at Pilón De Azúcar, La Guajira, Colombia

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

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  1. Beata Reply

    This posts are very useful. Now I am travelling in Colombia and I am going to visit most of this places! Thanks!

    1. Hi Beata. I am very happy you found these useful. All the best with your travels in Colombia. (Pilón de Azucar is one of my favourite beaches, we had the whole place to ourselves for a few hours) Enjoy!

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