Dunes of Taroa, the stunning desert in the Colombian Caribbean

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A desert in the Caribbean sounds like something impossible, but the Dunes of Taroa in the Colombian province of Guajira are proof that such landscape exists. If you’re planning a trip to this South American country, you should consider a detour to this stunning site.

Here’s what you need to know about this amazing, little known destination. Remember that, if you need a place to stay during your adventures in Colombia, we got your back at City Express Bogota, Medellin, and Cali.

How to get to the Dunes of Taroa

This is not your average, tourist trap. In fact, this area is inhabited by the indigenous Wayuu tribes, and it is only through special arrangements with them that some tourist operators in Cabo de la Vela are able to take people there.

This is mainly due to the fact that it is somewhat hard to get there. It can be done by boat or with an all-terrain vehicle, but it is always a long trip. You need to get to Cabo de la Vela and hire a trip to Taroa from there.

A strange an unforgettable landscape

Once there, the experience is something you will always remember. Picture orange sand dunes, cactuses and other desert-like vegetation right in front of beautiful, turquoise, typical Caribbean water. When the sun is at its strongest, the whole landscape becomes even more dreamy.

You also have the choice of camping there. What makes it worth it is the spectacular and clear view of the stars in the night.


Macuira National Park

This national park is a sort of oasis in the middle of the desert. Located about 25 miles from the Dunes of Taroa, it is full of exotic species of birds and many other animals. It is also unique in that, in spite of being surrounded by desert, it contains several kinds of ecosystems in a small area.

Bahía Hondita

And if you consider yourself a nature lover, there’s no skipping Bahía Hondita when you travel to Taroa. Located some 18 miles west of the dunes, it is a sanctuary for species like the caimán aguja, a local variety of cayman, as well as several types of turtles, who do their nesting in this coast.

Travel to the province of Guajira and discover the Dunes of Taroa and many other stunning natural attractions in this unique area of the Colombian Caribbean.


Dunes of Taroa, the stunning desert in the Colombian Caribbean