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About Riohacha

Riohacha is a city located at the shores of the Caribbean sea. It was founded in 1535 by the german Nikolaus Frederman and became a settlement dedicated to the extraction of pearls. Due to its strategic position it suffered several tragedies, such as a raid by british corsair Francis Drake during the XVIIIth century and then a fire provoked by the patriotic army after the sea battle of Laguna Salá. Due to it still being standing as of today, it was named the “Phoenix of the Caribbean”.Until halfway through the XXth century, Riohacha operated as one of the most important Caribbean port for Colombia. Nowadays, Riohacha is a sought after destination visited for its beaches, and is famous for the high amount of references to the city and its history by famous in the works of writer Gabriel García Márquez.

Travel tips for Riohacha

The touristic area of Riohacha is located right next to the sea. It is short enough that you won't have any trouble walking around, but in case you need to hail a taxi it should cost you around 3000 and 6000 COP.The temperature is fairly high, so be sure to carry light clothes.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.

Riohacha weather

Best time to visit Riohacha

The best time to visit Riohacha is during the summer, so you can enjoy the beach and tours around the Caribbean.

Climate in Riohacha

Riohacha has a semi-arid warm climate, with an annual average temperature above 90°F degrees, along with high levels of humidity. There is little to no rain during most of the year, except between September and October.

Things to do in Riohacha

Nightlife in Riohacha

Rio Drinks Bar

Location: Calle 1 #8 - 13
Hours: Unknown
Price: Unknown
Rated as one of the best places in Riohacha, it is the perfect place to enjoy some drinks and dance to latin rhythms like salsa, merengue, vallenato and reggaetón. Valorado como uno de los mejores locales de Riohacha. Perfecto para disfrutar de unos tragos y bailar ritmos latinos como salsa, merengue, vallenato y reggaetón.

Where to eat in Riohacha

Restaurante Lima

Location: Cl. 13 #11-33
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Restaurant that offers excellent craft pizzas, as well as typical dishes of the region.

La Casa del Marisco

Location: # a 4-103,, Cl. 1 #61
Hours: 8:00 a.m. 8 p.m.
Restaurant which specializes in seafood. Try out the Cazuela de Mariscos!

The tourist places to see in Riohacha are

Our Lady of Remedies Cathedral

Location: Calle 2 N° 7 - 13
Hours: Until dawn
Price: Free Entrance
Cathedral which honors the Lady of Remedies, due to it being the cult of the original settlers of the region Riohacha.

The New Market

Location: Cra. 6a Bis #38-1
Hours: Until dawn
Price: Free entrance
Ample marketplace where you can buy local crafts of all kinds.

Padilla Plaza

Cra. 8.
Hours: Todo el día
Price: Free entrance
Plaza in Honor of Admiral José Prudencio Padilla, an accomplished Colombian Navy Officer who participated in the Battle of Trafalgar and several naval engagements during the Campaign for the Independence of Colombia.

The things to do in Riohacha

Los Flamencos Sanctuary of Flora and Fauna

Location: Riohacha - Mingueo Highway
Hours: Unknown
Price: Unknown
National park which really acts as a sanctuary and offers a place to relax and enjoy the flora and fauna of the region.

Riohacha Beach Circuit

Hours: Todo el día
Price: Free entrance
Riohacha has beautiful caribbean beaches that can be easily reached. You will be able to find inns, restaurants and other touristic services in most beaches. Some of the most well known are Mayapo and Cabo La Vela.

Typical dishes in Riohacha

Arroz with Everything

Delicious dish made of fried rice and different ingredients like chorizo and shrimps.

How to reach Riohacha

Riohacha by train

Currently there is no passenger train service that has Riohacha as a destination.

Riohacha by flight

Riohacha is served by the Almirante Padilla Airport, which mostly operates domestic flights.

Riohacha by bus

Riohacha has a bus terminal and is well connected with the rest of Colombia. The trip from Bogotá can take up to 18 hours, and the fare is between 80 000 and 100 000 COP.

Accomodations in Riohacha

    Caribbean Hostel

    Location: Calle 5 #5-15, 440001
    Price: Starting at 35 000 COP
    Caribbean Hostel welcomes pets and has free wi-fi. It offers simple or shared rooms.

    Bona Vida Hostel

    Location: Calle 3 # 10-10, 440001
    Price: Starting at 35 000 COP
    Hotel located right next to the Riohacha Beaches. Offers a shared kitchen and free wi-fi.

Important dates in Riohacha

Feast of our Lady of RemediesFest in honor of the patron of the city, and also in commemoration of a miracle. Locals believe in 1663 the city was about to be flooded until they improvised a procession in honor of the virgin which calmed the waves.
Cuna de Acordeones FestivalEvent in honor of the vallenata contemporary music and its most renowned musicians.

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