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Barranquilla (Colombia)

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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
130 kilometres from the city of Cartagena de Indias by car
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
2 to 3 days

Reviews of Barranquilla

Caroline Gourmaud Travel writer
221 travel articles

Barranquilla is a port city located in Colombia's Atlántico department and lying just a stone's throw from the Caribbean Sea.

My suggestion:
If you happen to be in Barranquilla or the surrounding area in the month of February, be sure not to miss the city's carnival, which is inscribed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage and is said to be one of the most visually impressive carnivals in Colombia.

Barranquilla, or "La Puerta de Oro de Comlombia" (Colombia's Golden Gate), is a port city of 1.1 million inhabitants located on the western side of the Magdalena River on Colombia's northern coast A rapidly expanding metropolis, it is Colombia's fourth largest city after Bogotá, Medellín and Cali.

Think huge skyscrapers, sublime beaches and American-style shopping malls and you'll get a good idea of what Barranquilla looks like. It really does have to be said that Shakira's birthplace is a modern, fun-loving place. Both an urban metropolis and a coastal resort, Barranquilla is a pleasant city with a nightlife that's somewhat … lively. Barranquilleros, as the inhabitants of Barranquilla are known, are inveterate party-goers. Partying for them means staying out right into the early hours of the morning and enjoying the sounds and rhythms of cumbia, which is both a lively, cheerful style of music and an energetic dance in which partners sway and swing their hips and pelvises in close proximity to each other.

When it comes to interesting things to see in the city, be sure not to miss the Museo del Caribe, where you'll get to learn a little more about the history of the area; the wonderful Castillo de Salgar; the cathedral located at Plaza de San Nicolás, and Bocas de Ceniza, which is the point where the Magdalena River opens out into the Caribbean Sea.

Museo del Caribe (Museum of the Caribbean), Barranquilla