Hi, it’s me Marimonda.
Continuing the previous post <Off to Northern Colombia>, today I’d like to share my first journey to Camarones where you can see flamingos.
Medellín to Riohacha
In order to go to Camarones, I had to fly off to Riohacha, a city in the Guajira department also famous for the wayúu, where I can transfer to bus to go further. Since Medellín is not a capital city, most domestic and international flights are concentrated in Bogotá. It took me about 45 mins from Medellín to Bogotá and another 50 mins from Bogotá to Riohacha.
Riohacha to Camarones
Taking off from Riohacha it was already 5 p.m. Thus, I directly headed to Camarones so I could see flamingos early in the morning. I ended up in a small town near the habitat of flamingos. I didn’t plan to stay here, but I the taxi driver recommended us to stay in the town next to flamingos’ habitat. In Guajira, you should negotiate the taxi fare. Most of taxies don’t have a taximeter.
From Riohacha airport to Camarones it took me about 30 mins. I think most tourists come here with tour package, and we were the only one stayed in the town except the local people. I stayed in <Castillo Del Mar> in front of the beach and it was about 50,000 cop. The people were super nice, but to be honest I think I was ripped off. Checking the price at booking.com, the price still remains the same. However, I enjoyed the time 100% and the place was amazing with awesome food. I had a cazuela de mariscos for dinner and it was the best one I’ve ever had in Colombia.
We were the only guest at that time. The town had only one street light, so it was pretty dark. Therefore, I just walked around the hostel. I saw countless mini crabs on the sand. It was hard to find them during the day because they stay very close to the sea so that they can run into the sea when they feel dangerous. But at night, they come out and walk around the beach. I had to be very careful not to step on the crabs.
Next posting will be about Flamingo watching.
Enjoy your travel with Marimonda. See you soon. 🙂
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