NATIONAL PARKS TOURS COLOMBIA

ALL CULTURAL HIGHLIGHTS COMBINED WITH FABULOUS NATURE

 
 
 

Why consider booking our Colombia National Parks Tour? Because for the same price, our tour gets you to ALL places for which Colombia is famous, and on top of that, you get to see 7 National Parks/Reserves accompanied by a naturalist guide. There is nothing similar on the market. As Colombia can be combined with other countries, we organize tours in modules: Bogota and surrounding Andes, Caribbean Coast and the Amazon of Ecuador; the latter for the Colombian Amazon still not being recommended for foreign visitors. Colombia is a very large country, so you need to fly. To do so at hardly any additional costs, you need to book both Bogota and Cartagena - and Quito if you want to include the Amazon module - in your international ticket.

Destinations Overview:  Bogota old town, Cartagena, Villa de Leyva Zipaguira Salt Mine Church, Chingaza Reserve, Iguaque National Park, Flamencos Reserve, Cienega Mangroves Reserve, Lake Fuquene, Tayrona National Park, Manaure Salt Flats.

 

Riohacha presents a much less touristy Colombian beach than what you will find in Barranquilla or Cartagena. The beach runs along the coast of the city and tends to be relatively crowded with locals and a smattering of Colombian tourists during the high season. There are a couple of colonial churches in the downtown area.

Downtown Rioacha is very walkable. There's nothing much to see outside of the ten or so square blocks around the ocean.

There are also frequent, but irregular services services to Uribia and Cabo de la Vela.

 

The Riohacha area was long inhabited by American Indians of the Wayuu culture, part of the larger Arawak group. The first European to visit the area was the Spanish sailor Alonso de Ojeda in 1498, though he never landed. A short time later, Juan de la Cosa, another Spanish explorer, landed on what is today called Cabo de la Vela (Cape of the Sail, so called because of its shape). In 1535, the German explorer Nikolaus Federmann founded a city with the name Nuestra Señora Santa Maria de los Remedios del Cabo de la Vela (Our Lady Saint Mary of the Remedies of the Cape of the Sail) at the place where de la Cosa had landed.

The Spanish discovered a vast amount of pearls in the city's area This treasure frequently attracted raids by pirates. After the city was destroyed by a pirate raid, the city government relocated the city to the mouth of the Ranchería River, in order to confuse the pirates, and to give the city time to rebuild before the next attack. The new city, named Nuestra Señora de los Remedios del Río de la Hacha (Our Lady of the Remedies), expanded peacefully for a short time in its new location. Pirate attacks soon resumed. The next major attack, led by the famous English pirate Francis Drake, took place in 1569, when Drake pillaged the city searching for gold and pearls.

In the 18th century, Riohacha was incorporated to the Viceroyalty of New Granada as part of the province of Santa Marta. During the battles for independence from Spain, the port of Riohacha served many vessels fighting for Colombian and Venezuelan independence. Many Riohachans also served in the revolutionary navy, most notably Admiral José Prudencio Padilla, who would come to be considered a hero in the revolutions of Colombia and Venezuela.

In 1954, Riohacha City acquired municipality status, and in 1964 was declared capital of the new La Guajira Department.

 

Riohacha, owing to the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, has a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSh), which owing to the extremely torrid temperatures is not that far above an arid climate despite receiving as much as 546 millimetres (21 in) of rainfall per year. This rain falls almost exclusively in May and between August and November, and for the rest of the year there are a mere thirteen wet days out of 212 in an average year. Despite the lack of rainfall, humidity is high year round and adds to the uncomfortable heat.

 

 
Climate data for Aeropuerto de Riohacha
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 39.2
(102.6)
36.7
(98.1)
39.8
(103.6)
38.4
(101.1)
38.0
(100.4)
38.6
(101.5)
38.1
(100.6)
38.8
(101.8)
39.4
(102.9)
36.6
(97.9)
35.8
(96.4)
38.6
(101.5)
39.4
(102.9)
Average high °C (°F) 32.4
(90.3)
32.5
(90.5)
32.5
(90.5)
32.6
(90.7)
33.2
(91.8)
34.2
(93.6)
34.8
(94.6)
34.8
(94.6)
33.4
(92.1)
32.4
(90.3)
32.1
(89.8)
32.3
(90.1)
33.1
(91.6)
Average low °C (°F) 21.8
(71.2)
21.9
(71.4)
22.9
(73.2)
24.2
(75.6)
24.8
(76.6)
25.3
(77.5)
25.2
(77.4)
25.0
(77.0)
24.4
(75.9)
23.7
(74.7)
23.3
(73.9)
22.5
(72.5)
23.8
(74.7)
Record low °C (°F) 17.2
(63.0)
17.0
(62.6)
17.0
(62.6)
17.2
(63.0)
20.8
(69.4)
20.0
(68.0)
17.2
(63.0)
19.8
(67.6)
19.2
(66.6)
20.0
(68.0)
18.8
(65.8)
16.8
(62.2)
16.8
(62.2)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 0.5
(0.02)
0.8
(0.03)
2.6
(0.10)
25.8
(1.02)
75.5
(2.97)
37.1
(1.46)
16.2
(0.64)
52.3
(2.06)
115.9
(4.56)
142.8
(5.62)
59.2
(2.33)
17.3
(0.68)
546
(21.49)
Average rainy days 1 1 1 3 7 3 2 5 9 10 5 2 49
Average relative humidity (%) 70 70 71 74 75 68 66 71 76 79 79 74 73
Mean monthly sunshine hours 259.3 229.8 235.4 195.0 193.5 230.3 249.4 236.5 198.1 211.7 217.5 238.2 2,694.7

 

 

THINGS TO DO AT RIOACHA BEACH, GUAJIRA, COLOMBIA:

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