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Uribia is a city in the Costa Norte of Colombia, and is the population and cultural center of the Wayuu people.

Get in[edit]

  • The bus service is very irregular, the best way to get in is by shared taxi - from Cuatro Vias (6,000 COP), Riohacha (15,000 COP), or Maicao (10,000 COP).

To get to Cuatro Vias from Santa Marta, Palomino, Tayrona, etc. take any Maicao-bound bus and ask the driver/conductor to drop you off at "cruce Uribia/Cuatro Vias".

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

Not much to see, except the busy market. Uribia is just a transit point for 99% of tourists.

Do[edit][add listing]

Try to find one of the drivers who do tours to Punta Gallinas. They can also take you to Cabo de la Vela, typically they return from Punta Gallinas between 12-2pm to offload their passengers. They may be at the cruce, rather than in town.

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Stock up on water and snacks for your trip to Cabo de la Vela and/or Punta Gallinas, basic essentials are a LOT more expensive up north. If going to Punta Gallinas buy some fruit to give the kids at the various roadblocks you will encounter on the way - sweets will rot their teeth!

This is also your last chance to use an ATM if heading north, so bring enough cash to cover your kitesurf lessons, Punta Gallinas tour, etc. if you plan on taking them.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Plenty of places to eat around the market.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Buy at least 5 litres of water if heading north.

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Get out[edit]

Take a 4x4 to Cabo de la Vela. It costs 15,000 COP and takes about 1-1.5 hours. Get out at the cruce/crossroads if you don't want/need anything in the town and don't want to wait - you may be sitting in the back of a truck rather than the front, but you will save a lot of time. Ask around for the drivers who will take you to Punta gallinas. It is better to negotiate directly with them than use middlemen/agents in Cabo or elsewhere. Rainer, Milord and Berni are some of the drivers recommended by hostels in Riohacha.

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