Punta Gallinas Lighthouse – Uribia, Colombia - Atlas Obscura

Punta Gallinas Lighthouse

Uribia, Colombia

A lighthouse marking the northernmost point of continental South America. 

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Punta Gallinas, also known as “Cape Hens,” is the most northern place in mainland Colombia and continental South America. The headland drops to the Caribbean Sea from various levels. 

In addition to the turquoise blue waters that contrast the vibrant yellow surroundings of the La Guajira Desert, an 18 meter (59 feet) square skeletal lighthouse overlooks the landscape. The lighthouse was constructed in 1989 and was designed to mark the extreme points of the continent and alert nearby boats. 

Today, the spot is known for its breathtaking sunsets and kitesurfers on the hunt for favorable winds. 

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Punta Gallinas can be accessed via boat or all-terrain-vehicles from Cabo de La Vela and Riohacha.

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