Riohacha Complete Travel Overview

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Riohacha is a city in northern Colombia, where the Ranchería River meets the Caribbean Sea. It’s known for its native Wayúu people and the vibrant birds in the Flamingo Shelter southwest of the city. Central Padilla Square is house to the 19th-century Cathedral of Our Lady of the Remedies. The palm-shaded beach has a lengthy pier. To the northeast are Mayapo’s windy coastlines and the bright white Manaure Salt Flats.

Getting Here

By plane
1 Almirante Padilla Airport (3 km (1.9 mi) south-west of the center of Riohacha). A taxi to the city center sets you back about COP$ 5000. Avianca flies from Bogotá. Almirante Padilla Flight Terminal (Q2233144) on Wikidata Almirante Padilla Flight Terminal on Wikipedia

By bus
The 2 Terminale de Transporte. is 1 kilometer south of the town hall at junction Carrera 11 as well as Avenida El Progreso. A taxi to the facility is COP$ 5000. Buses with Expreso Brasilia/ Unitransco go:

from Santa Marta: COP$ 15,000, 2 1/2 hours (every half hr).
From Barranquilla: COP$ 25,000, 5 hrs (every half hr).
From Cartagena: COP$ 35,000, 7 hours (every hr).
From Maicao: COP$ 5,000, 1 hour.
from Bogota: COP$ 90,000, 18 hrs (daily).
Buses with COPetram go:

from Bucaramanga: COP$ 80,000, 12 hours (8AM, 3:30 PM).
from Valledupar: COP$ 20,000, 3 1/2 hrs (8:15 AM, 3:30 PM).
from Uribia: COP$ 12,000, 1 hour with a colectivo. In Uriba you can alter buses for Cabo de la Vela.
300 m.

Downtown Riohacha is walkable. There’s nothing much to see outside of the ten approximately square blocks around the sea. If you require to take some wheels, it’s simple to hail a cab. A lot of prices around run from COP$ 3,000 to 6,000.

Top Sight

1. Beach
Riohacha offers a much less touristy Colombian beach than what you will certainly locate in Barranquilla or Cartagena. The beach runs along the coastline of the city and also tends to be fairly crowded with locals and even a smattering of Colombian visitors throughout the high period.

2. Colonial churches
There are several colonial churches in the midtown location.

Riohacha presents a much less touristy Colombian beach than what you will certainly locate in Barranquilla or Cartagena. The beach leaves the shore of the city and often tends to be relatively crowded with residents and a smattering of Colombian travelers during the high period.
There are a couple of colonial churches in the downtown location.
El Mercado Nuevo is a large flea market in the south. It can be busy, so better go earlier. There are great deals of garments shops, specifically Wayuu style amenities. Those are also made at the market, and it is interesting to see. Aside from that, there are mostly bulk fruit and vegetable stores. For example, you could get a goat and two hen and a 30kg bag of onions if that’s your thing.

Top Things To Do

1. Cabo de la Vela
Explore Riohacha as a beginning point for a journey to the attractive beach in the desert.

2. Punta Gallinas
Journeys to one of the most northern Colombia factors with gorgeous dunes, desert, exotic coastlines, and spiritual native society can be arranged in Riohacha.


There is a remarkably wide variety of accommodation in Riohacha. One of the most expensive places often tends to be situated on the sea, which a series of little dated mega-hotels. Rooms right here can add to 200,000 pesos in the high season. Expect price cuts of as much as 60% in the offseason or spaces that do not face the ocean.

On the cheaper end of the scales, areas reach to be had for as low as 15,000 pesos at small bunkhouses and visitor hostels even more away from the ocean. Try just eastern of the bus terminal. Be warned that much of these places meet internal evacuees displaced from Colombia’s lengthy drug wars. You will probably be showing to some (mostly friendly), long-term visitors. A cheap, as well as hassle-free choice, is Resort Moriah at Carrera 7, 14-37. Single space at 12,000 POLICE OFFICER (Mar 2015).

Bona Vida Hostel La Tercera
Bona Vida Hostel La Tercera is a brand-new hostel just a couple of blocks from the beach and the central plaza and also concerning 15 minutes walk from the bus terminal. Run by a terrific pair, they will certainly tell you every little thing you require to learn about reaching Cabo de la Vela and Punta Gallinas and can call among the common to choose you up from the door to take you to Uribia. Kitchen, lightning-fast wifi, standard room, storage lockers, personal privacy drapes, whatever you’d expect in a contemporary hostel.

Bona Vida Hostel La Quinta
A hostel owned by an Austrian Colombian couple with a beautiful patio and hangout location and loads of details on just how to get to Cabo de la Vela, Punta Gallinas, and several various other sites in La Guajira.