Photo by: Carlos Sueskún.
In Barranquilla, where the Magdalena River meets the Caribbean Sea, any street becomes a party. You don’t need to visit during the famous Carnival to see a spontaneous crowd dancing around a makeshift stage to instruments such as drums, maracas, and millet flutes. Here, joy belongs to everyone.
What to do in Barranquilla
Barranquilla is known as the Golden Gate of Colombia because in the late nineteenth century it served as an entrance into the country for passengers and goods. Barranquilla was also a pioneer of commercial aviation in 1919. The capital of the Atlántico is distinguished for the Republican-era architecture in the neighborhood of El Prado, as well as its museums, beaches, and festivals. In the surrounding area, tourists can visit creeks, marshes, and other natural attractions.
The Carnival of Barranquilla is the most important folk and cultural festival in Colombia; it was even declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The city really shines during this celebration, but it’s also an ideal destination for shopping, and a port where sailors from around the world dock their yachts and sailboats.
Museums, historic squares, and lots of music await those who come to Barranquilla. Beaches and natural havens for relaxation are also found in and around this Caribbean city.