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Rancheria River mouth, arm Riito in the Riohacha Municipality is located in the Department of La Guajira, Colombia, capital of the Wayuu indigenous group, land of sun, sea and beaches

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A: Paseo Riito Riohacha

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B: Colegio Divina Pastora

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C: Playa Divina Pastora Riohacha

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D: Artesania Wayuu Riohacha La Guajira

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E: Playa Turistica Riohacha III

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F: Playa

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G: Muelle Turistico 1

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H: Multi-ethnicity Monument Guajira

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I: Palmera Playa Turistica Riohacha Guajira

by MAURICIO RAMIREZ, 610 meters away

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J: Muelle Turistico 2 Riohacha Guajira

by MAURICIO RAMIREZ, 620 meters away

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This panorama was taken in Colombia, South America

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The main languages in South America are Spanish and Portugese, which basically tells you which European countries colonized the place. The South American wars of independence took place over two decades in the early 19th century, led by Simon Bolivar of Venezuela and Jose san Martin of Argentina.

Following liberation from Portugal and Spain, South America took off into its own development, capitalizing on the rich deposits of oil, gold, copper, silver and tango musicians.

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