We will tell you how to get from Santa Marta to Cabo de la Vela. The distance from Santa Marta to Cabo de la Vela is 336 kilometers. The travel time from Santa Marta to La Guajira is around 7 hours by car. Click here to book online Santa Marta activities and day trips
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WHERE TO STAY IN CABO DE LA VELA
There are numerous hostels and B&B that you can choose from. We stayed at Hostal Mar Azul in a quiet location in Cabo de la Vela, comfort in the rooms and amazing food for affordable prices. Accommodation prices can take you around $5-10 USD if you sleep in a hammock. For mid budget accommodation starts at $15-30 USD accommodation in Cabo de La Vela Guajira.
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VISITING COLOMBIA IN COVID TIME?
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SANTA MARTA TO CABO DE LA VELA (SANTA MARTA TO LA GUAJIRA)
Bus From Santa Marta to Cabo de la Vela (Cheapest Way)
The cheapest way from Santa Marta to Cabo de la Vela is by bus. There is no direct bus from Santa Marta to Cabo de la Vela and you will have to ride different transportation to get from Santa Marta to La Guajira.
You will have to take a bus from Santa Marta to Rioahacha. From Riohacha a shared car to Uribia. Once in Uribia you can get a shared colectivo or jeep to Cabo de la Vela. Keep reading below the details.
BUS SCHEDULE FROM SANTA MARTA TO RIOHACHA
The Expreso Brasilia bus schedule from Santa Marta to Riohacha is running a few times per day starting 6 15 am to 9 30 pm.
The travel time from Santa Marta to Riohacha by bus is around 3 hours. The bus fare is around $9 USD. You can book online to avoid the hassle.
RIOHACHA TO URIBIA
Near the Bus Terminal in Riohacha there are shared cars going from Riohacha to Uribia. The cars are leaving when they are full The travel time from riohacha to Uribia is 1 hour and 30 minutes. The fare from Riohacha to Uribia is 20K-25K COP which is $5-6 USD.
FROM URIBIA TO CABO DE LA VELA
Once in Uribia you can get dropped in the market where the jeeps are going from Uribia to Cabo de la Vela. The travel time from Uribia to Cabo de la Vela is around 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the stops on the way.
The jeep fare is around 25-40K COP which is $6-10 USD. In our first way we paid 30K COP a jeep with not so many stops and on the way back we paid 25K COP by truck with a lot of stops to get supplies in the truck.
The total travel time from Santa Marta to Cabo de La Vela Guajira is around 7 hours. The fare from Santa Marta to Cabo de la Vela Guajira is around $20 USD per person. From Hostal Mar Azul in La Guajira helped us with the transportation and we got cheap prices!
CAR RENTAL AT SANTA MARTA
There are many options for renting a car in Santa Marta. It’s the most convenient option if you are planning to visit places on the way to La Guajira, moving around or you are traveling in a group or with so much luggage. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis available in the airport. Prices are around $30-40 USD per day depending how long are you renting.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION SANTA MARTA TO CABO DE LA VELA (SANTA MARTA TO LA GUAJIRA)
Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort. Prices are around $280 USD and you will be able to fit up to 6 people. It could be $45 USD per person.
ACCOMMODATION IN CABO DE LA VELA
There are numerous hostels and B&B that you can choose in Cabo de la Vela. You can rent an hammock (called chinchorro) for $5 USD )it can be windy and be careful with the mosquitos) For mid budget accommodation starts at $20-30 USD for a room.
We stayed at Hostal Mar Azul where you will have air conditioned room and made of stone walls (less cold and less mosquitoes at night). Most of the rooms are made of nipa and wood.
FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN CABO DE LA VELA
For food in Cabo de la Vela things are more expensive than other places in Colombia. You can get lunch and breakfast starting from 12K-25K COP which is from $3-6 USD. If you are joining as a tour the food will be included and you can also ahve included food in your accommodation if you required.
A total of $10-20 USD dollar per person can be your daily food budget travel in Cabo de la Vela Guajira. Local food in a restaurant will start from $5-7 USD. And you can get snacks and street food for $1-2 USD. The water is expensive make sure you bring some water from Uribia.
TOURS PRICES IN CABO DE LA VELA
Tours prices in Cabo de la Vela are around 25K COP which is $6 USD if you go by motorbike. The tours are starting from 2 pm to sunset more than 4 hours. It will include Pilon de Azucar, Ojos de Agua and the sunset in the lighthouse.
You can also go by jeep 30-40K COP per person. You will visit the same places and same amount of time. Don’t expect a guide just transportation and they will be waiting for you there. You will have time to take pictures and relax swimming and you can adjust the time with them.
We organized our tours thanks to our accommodation Hostal Mar Azul that arranged for us to a very good price. Up to you later if you are happy with your guide and tour you can tip them.
BEST TIME TO VISIT IN CABO DE LA VELA
You can go to Cabo de la Vela any time of the year. The months of December to February are the best time to visit La Guajira because is the sunniest also the peak season. October to November are the months ideal for those working with a budget, because its is considered the low season in the country.
CASH IS KING IN CABO DE LA VELA GUAJIRA
There are no ATMs in Cabo de la Vela. Make sure you bring cash in Cabo de la Vela. Most of the places require to pay cash, for tours, restaurants and small stores. You will be able to withdraw in Riohacha Bus Terminal or in Uribia.
The official currency of Colombia is called Colombian Peso (COP). And $1 USD=3500 COP. ATM’s are available all throughout the country but my advise to you is to us those are inside the banks.
It is also advisable to withdraw as much as you can because fees for transaction tend to be higher for foreign cars. The maximum amount that you can withdraw will be around 600K COP depending on the bank.
Bank Fees For Foreigner Cards In Colombia
Most of the banks in Bogota and Colombia will charge fees for foreigner cards in Colombia. Check the list below with the exact fees for foreigner cards in Colombia and how much money are you allowed to withdraw in Colombia with every bank. There are many ATM in Medellin and exchange currency office if you need.
|Bank||Amount Allowed And Fees|
|Colpatria||900K COP Withdraw And No Fees|
|Pichincha||800K COP Withdraw And No Fees|
|Banco Caja Social||700K COP Withdraw And No Fees|
|BBVA||300K COP Withdraw And No Fees|
|CorpBanco||400K COP Withdraw And No Fees|
|Davidienda||400K COP Withdraw And No Fees|
|Citibank||1200K COP Withdraw And 15k COP Fees|
|Bancolombia||900K COP Withdraw And 15k COP Fees|
|ATH||400K COP Withdraw And 10k COP Fees|
|Servibanca||750K COP Withdraw And 15k COP Fees|
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