|Typical La Guajira dwelling with burros out front|
|Desert "toll station"!|
|Wayuu gas station, Uribia|
|Making friends :)|
|At the northernmost point of South America|
Besides the ever-present goats as well as random donkeys roaming the region, we also saw fabulous birds (including a huge flock of flamingos from a distance), iguanas, and the biggest darn grasshoppers I've ever seen. They were amazingly colorful and the size of a small bird; here's a photo from another's person's blog of one.
Anyway we did a bit of walking, beaching, sand dune running, body surfing, and learning about another region and people of Colombia. It was a quick but great trip!
|Sunset, Taroa Sand Dune|
|Just behind where I stayed|
Contrasting this trip was our van ride the next day from Valledupar to Mompós. I blew this one, but to make a long story short we ended up paying more for a substandard trip--too many people packed in to a van with no AC, a chicken in a box, lots of dust blowing in, the van assistant traveling with our luggage on top of the van, and we, the gringas, paid more than anyone else for the trip. We crossed on a ferry that was really just a few planks hammered together on top of some old boats; we the gringas climbed out of the van while on the short but seemingly perilous crossing while the Colombians still packed in the van wondered why we'd gotten out. Ah well, we made it to Mompós with stories to tell!
|Our dubious ferry ride while traveling by van to Mompos|
|Lunch in Mompos with our new friend Santiago and my student Nubia|
|Good Friday procession|
|Our slightly less dubious return ferry on a real bus|
This weekend the Summit of the Americas is in Cartagena--perhaps I'll run into my friend Barack! Hasta luego!
More photos of La Guajira here; more photos of Mompós here.