Indigenous Wayúu

The Wayúu (also called Guajiros) is the biggest indigenous tribe of Colombia and Venezuela. They are located in La Guajira and on the other side of the Venezuelan frontier. You will have the opportunity to spend time amongst them and discover their fascinating culture.
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Indigenous Wayúu La Guajira danceWe spent 3 days in a Rancheria (Indian VIllage) with a Wayuu family in La Guajira. We learnt about their culture, beliefs, legends and everyday life, they showed us their traditional dance. We also tried their tasty goat meat and super strong Chirrinchi (sugar cane alcohol).
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Indigenous Wayúu La Guajira RancheriaWe also shared a hut with their goats (luckily not the same ones that we ate though, that would have been heart breaking).

=> This is one of the rare place in the world were you can live this kind of experience, we strongly recommend it!

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A little History

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The Wayuu population arrived about 150 A.C. in Colombia. They came from the Amazon and the Antilles to find territories that were apparently less hostile at the time.

They have been pretty isolated through history and had very little contact with the European conquistadors. They were only conquered after the independence of Colombia and Venezuela. This is explained by the fact that they showed a strong resistance, and benefited of the protection of the harsh environment of the desert!
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