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THINGS TO DO AT RIOACHA BEACH, GUAJIRA, COLOMBIA

 

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.

 

Things to do at Rioacha Beach, Guajira, Colombia

While Riohacha is much less touristy than Barranquilla or Cartagena along the Caribbean coast, a lot of tourists prefer its homey beaches and tranquil way of life. The beach runs along the boulevard and extends past the town to a small harbor pier and is particularly visited by locals and Colombian tourists with a taste for a rural beach experience. There are a couple of older churches, although the don't seem to be fully colonial. There aren't many things to do Rioacha Beach, Guajira, Colombia other than enjoy the quiet beach, or prepare for an exiting expedition deep into the Guajira desert to visit Uribia, Manaure and Cabo de la Vela.

 

In the 17 hundreds, Riohacha was incorporated to the Viceroyalty of New Granada as part of the province of Santa Marta. The harbor of Riohacha was used by the Spanish fighting for Colombian and Venezuelan independence. Many men from Riohacha however fought in the revolutionary navy, most notably Admiral José Prudencio Padilla. In 1954, Riohacha acquired municipality status, and in 1964 it became the capital of the new La Guajira Department.

 

As the Spanish conquerors discovered that the Indians fished for pearls the town became frequently raided by pirates as they are called by the hispanics - navies by the British and Dutch. After the original town was destroyed by the so-called pirates it was relocated to the mouth of the Ranchería River, but attacks soon resumed. The next major attack, led by Francis Drake, took place in 1569, when Drake pillaged the city searching for gold and pearls.

 

Riohacha, owing to the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, has a semi-arid climate, receiving about 550 mm of rainfall per year. However, this rain falls almost exclusively in May and between August and November, and for the rest of the year there are a about a dozen days days of rainfall per year, thus creating rather dry conditions.

 

Climate data for 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: A quiet hidden bead at the foot of a pier.THINGS TO DO AT RIOACHA BEACH, GUAJIRA, COLOMBIA: A quiet beach environment with parasols, hammocks and fish restaurants. A quiet beach environment with parasols, hammocks and fish restaurants.

A quiet hidden bead at the foot of a pier.

A quiet beach environment with parasols, hammocks and fish restaurants.

 

THINGS TO DO AT RIOACHA BEACH, GUAJIRA, COLOMBIA: Shaded hammock pagodas.THINGS TO DO AT RIOACHA BEACH, GUAJIRA, COLOMBIA: A great place for families who don't like mundane beaches.

Shaded hammock pagodas.

A great place for families who don't like mundane beaches.

 

THINGS TO DO AT RIOACHA BEACH, GUAJIRA, COLOMBIA: The youth likes to hang out on the town pier.THINGS TO DO AT RIOACHA BEACH, GUAJIRA, COLOMBIA: one of the older and nicer buildings of the town.

The youth likes to hang out on the town pier.

The church of Riohacha, while not being colonial, is one of the older and nicer buildings of the town.

 

THINGS TO DO AT RIOACHA BEACH, GUAJIRA, COLOMBIA

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