After breakfast leave Riohacha heading northwest to Cabo de la Vela (180 km, 4 hrs approximately), a remote fishing village along the tip of the Guajira peninsula. Break the journey after 60km to visit the salt flats at Manaure. These tall mountains of brilliant white salt play tricks on the mind with extreme contrasts alongside the sea, sand and sky. Later in Uribia, the indigenous capital of the Department, see the fine artistry and handicrafts of the Wayuu such as their hammocks and mochila bags are on display. Continuing the trip through the desert following the road alongside the railway tracks the length of which freight trains haul tons of coal from the mine at El Cerrejon to Puerto Bolivar for exportation. Towards the end of the railway line the road leads off into the desert passing Wayuu dwellings and cacti.

After lunch, take a trip to the Faro viewpoint where a lighthouse beams out over the sea from this rocky peninsula and allows for fantastic sunset views. Moving on to Pilón de Azúcar beach, where the blue sea is only interrupted by golden sands. From the top of the point at Pilón there is a 360ª view. From here to one side are the sea and the sand and to the other the salt flats. Return to Riohacha.

DURATION: Approximately ten hours.

NOTE: This is an adventurous trip and involves arduous overland travel, contact with local indigenous tribes and promises excitement and emotion.