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It’s famous for its carnival, but it’s not Rio de Janeiro. It is situated in Colombia, but surely doesn’t get the attention it should; still wondering? Search for cheap air tickets to Barranquilla, fourth largest city of Colombia, and you’ll get our point! It’s a thing; every March, Barranquilla bustles with thousands of visitors who wish to be a part of the second largest, most significant, joyful and colourful carnival in South America. During the rest of the year, Barranquilla is often overlooked in favour of other nearby Colombian hotspots. However, all the smart travellers now know what’s been kept a secret for so long: Barranquilla is the hidden gem of Colombia, offering budget-friendly quality in restaurants, hotels, culture and character. Include Barranquilla in your itinerary and you won’t be disappointed!
Barranquilla is capital of Atlántico and is situated in northern Colombia, across the Caribbean coast of the country. With a population of 1,2 million, this is the fourth largest city in Colombia.
Barranquilla is also known as “The Golden Gate of Colombia”, referring to the fast and heavy industrialisation the city went through.
Barranquilla is internationally famous for one particular annual event that defines the life and existence of its people and attracts thousands of tourists and visitors: The Carnival of Barranquilla!
Second only to the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, this is the event of the year for all Latin America and is celebrated in the most extravagant and impressive way you can imagine!
Definitely an experience to remember!
The airport of Barranquilla (Aeropuerto Internacional Ernesto Cortissoz) is located 14 kilometres south of the city centre and can be reached by taxi.
Getting around Barranquilla
You can get around Barranquilla by bus and taxi. Fares start from 1,100 COP and a typical taxi fare within the city costs around 5,000 COP.
Your day in Barranquilla begins at the heart of the city and the Paseo Bolivar, around which you can find most of the city’s historic buildings.
Your first stop is the Cathedral of Barranquilla (Catedral Metropolitana), the radiant Art Deco cathedral with the monumental vitraux decorating its façade, whose construction took 27 years to be finally completed in 1982.
Continue to four of Barranquilla’s most notable museums:
- The Museum of Modern Art (Museo de Arte Moderno) hosts exhibitions of modern art with many important works by local and international artists like Obregon Alejandro.
- The Museo de Caribe presents the story of the Caribbean coast of Colombia and its people, through innovative, cutting-edge installations and fascinating exhibitions.
- The Museum of Anthropology (Museo de Antropología) is housed in the first floor of the University of Atlántico and owns small but extremely interesting collections of pre-Columbian art, reflecting the culture and lifestyle of the indigenous people of Colombia.
- The Carnival House (Casa de Carnaval) focuses on the legendary Barranquilla Carnival, exploring its history, presenting in detail the different stages and going through the symbolisms and sacred meanings that encompass many of its customs and practices.
The official language of Barranquilla is Spanish.
To enter Colombia, you need to have a passport, valid up until 6 months after your travel dates. Greek citizens do not need a Visa, for a maximum stay of 90 days.
When to Go
Barranquilla is characterised by the typical climate of the Caribbean, with temperatures around 28º C all year round, warm days and cool, pleasant nights.
The climate in Barranquilla can be divided into two distinctive seasons, the wet (May - November) and the dry (December - April).
You can safely visit Barranquilla every season of the year, as long as you have prepared your itinerary accordingly.