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About Maicao

Maicao is a city located in the north-eastern edge of Colombia, at the shores of the caribbean sea. It was founded the 29th of June of 1927 in a territory previously occupied by the Wayuu people, and since its conception it has been an important commercial hub in the Atlantic Ocean.The city experimented strong comertial growth during the decade of 1970 due to the Venezuela oil bonanza, and in turn received a strong influx of foreign migrants from the middle east who settled in as traders.

Travel tips for Maicao

Maicao is a border town near the border with Venezuela. Here you will be able to trade colombian pesos for bolívares.As with any other city, it is advised that you keep your personal belongings close and dont wander on your own late at night.If you have planned to move around the regions in Colombia, you might be asked to have the yellow fever vaccine. Other vaccines that you should consider -in case you travel to rainforest areas- are the tetanus vaccine and the hepatitis A/B.The electric current kind used in Colombia is 110-volt AC (110 V), with a frequence of 60 Hz. We recommend you to have a plug adapter if you travel to places that use other voltage to avoid that the electronic devices suffer a short-circuit and don't work.

Maicao weather

Best time to visit Maicao

Maicao is an attractive destination all year long.

Climate in Maicao

Climate in the municipality of Maicao is arid, presenting two rainy seasons and two dry seasons. The average temperature throughout the year is of 84 °F, so it is advised you bring light clothing.

Things to do in Maicao

Nightlife in Maicao

La Terraza Disco Bar

Location: Cra. 31 #15-39
Hours: Starting at las 10 p.m.

Where to eat in Maicao

Pizza Louis

Ubicación: Cra. 13 #6a21
Horario: 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Comfy restaurant that offers one of the best pizzas in the whole peninsula.

El Oriental

Ubicación: a 10-61, Cra. 8 #10-1
Horario: 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Restaurant specialized in typical food. It also offers a very good breakfast in the morning.

The tourist places to see in Maicao are

Omar Ibn Al-Jattab Mosque

Location: Carrera 7 con Calle 11
Hours: Until noon
Price: Free entrance
The biggest mosque in the country. It was built in 1997, and has a 101 feet marinet, built with italian marble. It can host more than 1000 persons, and it frequented by the muslim population of the city.

Plaza Bolívar

Location: Downtown
Hours: All day long
Price: Free entrance
Plaza located downtown, where you can find several shops, cafes and money exchange center.

The things to do in Maicao

Circuito de Playas de La Guajira

Hours: All day long
Price: Free entrance
La Guajira department has a beautiful beach circuit, which posee un bello circuito de playas caribeñas a las que se puede llegar fácilmente desde Maicao o Riohacha. They also have hotels, restaurants and other services for tourists. The most well known are Mayapo and Cove La Vela.

Typical dishes in Maicao

Arabian Food

Due to the great number of arabian immigrants in the city, many restaurants offer typical middle east dishes such as kebabs and shawarmas.


A typical Wayuu dish, made with goat, meat, bones and viscera.

Rice with prawn

Rice with prawn which are boiled and then dehydrated to give them a special flavour. It is served with goat meat.

How to reach Maicao

Maicao by train

There currently isn't a passenger train service that has Maicao as a destination.

Maicao by flight

Maicao is served by the Jorge Isaacs Airport, but it currently doesn't operate domestic flights, just charter ones.

Maicao by bus

Maicao is well connected with the rest of Colombia and also with Venezuela. The most frecuent trip is to Riohacha, capital of the La Guajira department, which takes about an hours by bus. From there you will be able to find connections to the rest of colombian cities. The trip from Bogotá can take around 15 hours by bus.

Accomodations in Maicao

    Hotel Las Dunas

    Location: Calle 12 No 15-25, 442001
    Price: Starting at 40 000 COP
    Hotel that has 24 hour reception. Rooms have air conditioning, TV and rooms with private bathroom.

Important dates in Maicao

Feria Comercial y Turística(Varies)La feria es tradicionalmente organizada por la Cámara de Comercio junto con Gobernación en la ciudad vecina de Riohacha. Es una forma de ofrecer a la ciudad de Maicao ante los potenciales compradores de otras ciudades, con el objetivo de posicionar mejor Maicao como un área comercial.

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