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.
What to do
Shopping at Barranquilla: A trendsetting city
Modern shopping centers with spacious shoe and accessory stores and boutiques by recognized designers such as Silvia Tcherassi and Francesca Miranda prove Barranquilla’s interest in fashion. The capital of the state of Atlántico often sets trends among travelers who visit.
Clothes and accessories by large national and international brands are available in Barranquilla.
Handicrafts and art works are also available here.
Notable local designers include Hazbún Amalin and Beatriz Camacho.
What to eat in Barranquilla
Food in and around Barranquilla combines the flavors of salt and freshwater fish, as well as the traditional flavors of fried egg arepa, and pastries like the famous almojábanas (cheese buns). Must try items Soledad butifarra sausage, liza rice (an elongated fish), and chicharrones are flavors not to be missed for those visiting the department of Atlántico. Fried catfishThe fried catfish is usually accompanied with lemon to enhance its flavor. Rice with chipi chipi This dish combines the flavour of rice with a small local mollusk. Soledad Butifarra Sausage The butifarra spicy sausage is a specialty of the town of Soledad.
Can´t miss activities 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.
CUSTOMS HOUSE SQUARE
The Customs House Square was built in 1849 with the development of Barranquilla as a sea and river port. This building is now a cultural center run by the Luis Eduardo Nieto Arteta Corporation and contains a gallery dedicated to the arts and the Mario Santodomingo auditorium, which seats 116 people, among other things.
In the town of Tubará, 17 miles southwest of Barranquilla, tourists can find good beaches for sunbathing and water sports. Sailors from all over the world can dock their sailboats and yachts at the marina and receive accommodation and maintenance, among services. The port is located outside the hurricane belt.
Barranquilla has a tropical Savanna climate, where it experiences hot climate almost throughout the year. The climate from November to April is cool and comfortable. The Average Temperature is approximately 28°C. The rainy season lasts from April to June and from August to November.
The best time to travel to Barranquilla is during the Barranquilla Carnival, which is held forty days before the Holy Week.
Health and vaccination It is important to be aware of potential risks when travelling. The most common illnesses in Colombia are acute altitude sickness, stomach problems, and in jungle areas malaria and yellow fever. This information corresponds to current information from the ministry of health of the Republic of Colombia. www.minsalud.gov.co
You must be vaccinated against yellow fever at least 15 days before departure to these departments: Santander, Norte de Santander, Bolivar, Boyaca, Huila, Arauca, Caquetá, Casanare, Cesar, Guainía, Guaviare, La Guajira, Meta, Putumayo, Vichada, Amazonas and Vaupés., The vaccine is not suitable for people with HIV, pregnant women and children under 6 months of age, among others. To visit nature parks or wilderness areas other vaccines, such as tetanus and hepatitis A and B are also recommended. Visitors from countries offering a dengue vaccine should have it applied before traveling if visiting sites below 1,800 m.
Visa Citizens of the following countries do not require a TP-11, TP-12 or TP-13 Visa, to enter and temporarily stay in the country: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Bhutan, Canada, Czech (Republic), Chile, Cyprus, Korea (Republic of), Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, United Arab Emirates, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, USA, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Granada, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Dominican Republic, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Samoa, San Marino, Saint Lucia, the Vatican, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Electricity Domestic power is 110 volts AC at 60 Hz (110V AC, 60Hz). For industrial facilities it is 220 volts AC at 60 Hz (220V AC, 60Hz). Electrical connectors or plugs are used with two flat input pins or with a third round pin and it easy to buy adapters and voltage regulators. It is advisable to check the technical specifications of the devices that will be used in Colombia.
Curency The currency in Colombia is the peso. There are $ 1,000, $ 2,000, $ 5,000, $ 10,000, $ 20,000 and $50.00 bills and $50 $ 100, $ 200, $ 500 and $ 1,000 coins. Then you can convert other currencies.
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