Cabo de la Vela to Santa Marta: Surprise Fiesta

  • Cabo de la Vela, Colombia
    Empty pristine beaches in Cabo de la Verde
  • Cabo de la Vela, Colombia
    Dried ray.
  • Cabo de la Vela, Colombia
    Cabo de la Verde, Guajira
  • Cabo de la Vela, Colombia
    It is like a ghost town here. Cabo de la Verde, Guajira
  • Cabo de la Vela, Colombia
    Cabo de la Verde, Guajira
  • Cabo de la Vela, Colombia
    Cabo de la Verde, Guajira
  • Cabo de la Vela, Colombia
    Cabo de la Verde, Guajira
  • Cabo de la Vela, Colombia
    Captain Dangerous!
  • Cabo de la Vela, Colombia
    My two friends and I wanted to get back to civilization so we rented a man and his SUV to drive us to Uribia for C$100,000. The driver was drinking beer when he arrived to pick us up with his buddy in the front seat. The five of us headed out on the desert trail and bought rounds of beer from locals in small shacks on the drive. Our driver was out-drinking everyone. Once we got to the main dirt road we found a side road vendor in the middle of absolutely nowhere in the desert. I have no idea why he was there, but he was as happy to see us as our driver was to see him. A handi-capped man collected our empty bottles from us as the driver’s buddy bought more beer from the vendor with a Styrofoam cooler and standing behind the vendor was a Colombian soldier in camouflage wearing a balaclava over his face with a machine gun in his hands. I wanted a picture of the scene but was too scared to take it. Once we collected another five beer for more of the trip, our driver pounded his beer at once and finished it before he even put the vehicle in ‘Drive.’ Then he moved our SUV at speeds of 140km/h down the dirt road, flying past motorcycles, cars, bicycles and pick-up trucks loaded with people while dodging pot-holes. All the while reggaeton music blasted at levels so that we could barely talk. It was quite a ride.
  • Cabo de la Vela, Colombia
    The Guajira newspaper. Three different stories with corpses on the front. Just another day in paradise.

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