Just 100km south of the northernmost tip of South America, Punta Gallinas, is Cabo de la Vela. Unlike Ushuaia this place doesn’t scream out to tourists, “northernmost this” and “northernmost that” in order to get people to visit. Tradition thrives here in the native Wayuu population and its remoteness and lack of infrastructure has kept it well off the tourist trail. People come here to experience the isolation, the solitude, the secluded beaches and the faraway villages hidden within the shrubs. And getting here is what makes the place so far off the beaten track; it is no easy task and requires plenty of patience.
Food in Cabo is simply scrumptious! The diet here is predominantly seafood, caught fresh from the sea, or goat plucked out of the desert. While in Cabo we took full advantage of the abundance of seafood on offer for lunch and enjoyed delectable Longosta (Lobster), and Pargo (Red Snapper). While the food isn’t especially cheap, AUS$15 for Lobster, it is probably the freshest you will eat. We came prepared stocking up on 10 litres of water and tuna and crackers for our three day stay. With minimal facilities there are not many options to buy food and water so it is best to bring supplies if you don’t want to break the bank.
That was until a bus load of Colombian university students rolled into town on our last night. With music blaring into the wee hours in the restaurant right next door, the tranquillity we had been enjoying went out the window. Wait a second, there were no windows, just a balustrade and a roof!
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Next stop is our last destination on our journey around South America – though not the last on our superamble about the world – the charming colonial city of Cartagena...