Cabo de la Vela and Punta Gallinas, in Colombia’s La Guajira in the north, look and feel like another world.
Traveling through the arid peninsula recently–with its rust-colored sand, meteor-like rocks and ever-changing, not-exactly turquoise water–I felt like I was dreaming.
A Few Thousand Miles Away or 141 Million?
Had I only traveled a few thousand miles away from home? Or was it actually 141 million miles (the distance between Earth and Mars)?
The terrain made me wonder.
In certain areas, ripply dunes, untouched by human footprints, drifted with every gust of wind. And the water, a multitude of colors, sparkled like an other-worldly gem.
Or maybe they were swirling gasses resembling water–a Martian mirage designed to stump mere Earthlings like myself.
I consider myself fortunate to have traveled there; it was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. It was also, I believe, the closest I’ll ever come to visiting another planet.
And that was wonderful because as a child, I was fascinated by the idea of space travel and dreamed of someday doing it. This trip made that dream come true.
The Rocket Is Ready for Takeoff
Join me now or an exploration of this surreal region of Colombia. Put on your seatbelt and get ready…the rocket is leaving momentarily.
(Note: many of these photos were taken with a ‘dramatic effect’ filter on my camera (I couldn’t help myself); others were taken without a filter. In a few cases, you may not be able to tell the difference. Also, most photos are of Cabo de la Vela; they tend to have the rockier sand. A few, with longer patches of dunes, are from Punta Gallinas.)