The perfect Caribbean town right on a wide sandy beach with hundreds of picture perfect palm trees. Like all hot Caribbean cities, this place is best appreciated in the late afternoon with a stroll along the esplanade. Here you will find the largest selection of traditional Colombian woven bags, made by the indigenous people of this area. This is a great opportunity to buy some souvenirs at a great place as you can haggle as the whole length of the street is covered with stalls selling these bags in every colour and pattern imaginable. The only issue is deciding on the one you want! Prices start at around 40,000 cop and go up depending on the material used, the amount of colours and the complexity of the patterns.
We also enjoyed the best sunsets here, walking along the pier and then finding a quiet spot on the edge of the beach to watch the most spectacular pinks and purples in the sky.
The reason we travelled to Riohacha was a stopover to visit Cabo de la Vela and we are glad we did. We stayed with Glen, a ex-pat Canadian at his wonderful hostel, Casa Patio Bonita. Glen is a wealth of knowledge and can assist with travel arrangements up to the La Guajira Peninsula. He also cooks up a delicious breakfast each morning served in the cool and relaxing cabana on his beautiful patio.
Riohacha has friendly locals, some beautiful churches and a nice plaza. It is well worth a night either side of your adventures to the top of Colombia.