Punta Gallinas

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Coordinates: 12°27′28″N 71°39′56″W / 12.45778°N 71.66556°W / 12.45778; -71.66556

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Overview map.
Punta Gallinas at top of satellite picture.

Punta Gallinas (Cape Gallinas, "Cape Chicken") is a headland in northern Colombia and the northernmost point on the mainland of South America and one of the Extreme points of South America.[1]

Geography[edit]

Punta Gallinas is situated in the northern part of the department of La Guajira Department on the coast of the Caribbean Sea.

The cape is at the northern tip of the Guajira Peninsula (Península de la Guajira) in the municipality of Uribia about 150-kilometre (93 mi) northeast of Riohacha.

History[edit]

The area has been populated by the indigenous Wayuu people for a long time.

The headland is also the location of the northernmost lighthouse in South America the 18 m (659 feet) high Faro de Punta Gallinas opened in 1989.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], TurisColombia; La Guajira, accessdate=2010-10-10
  2. ^ [2], The Lighthouse Directory; Lighthouses of Colombia, accessdate=2010-10-10

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