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Riohacha overview

Riohacha is the capital of the department of Guajira, 170 km from Santa Marta. It has 170,000 inhabitants and was founded in 1535 by the German explorer Nicolas de Federman.

The predominant economic activities are all related to the port, which is located in the city.

Riohacha is also a good starting point for travellers wishing to discover the La Guajira peninsula. Riohacha can be discovered in just a few hours. A nice option is to watch the fishermen at work. Tourist attractions include the beautiful seaside boulevard Paseo de la Marina, the statue of Nicholas de Federman in a triangular square, the José Prudencia Padilla Park and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Remedios.

20 kilometres from Riohacha is the Flamenco sanctuary. It is a reserve of 7,682 hectares with mosaics of lagoons, dry forests and swamps. There are 185 species of birds (80% of which are migratory birds), such as eagles and the roseate spoonbill. Four species of sea turtles come here to lay their eggs.

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