Barranquilla Travel Guide

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Barranquilla Things to Do

  • Casa del Carnaval

    A quick walk from the Catedral Metropolitana is another important landmark, Casa del Carnaval, where dancers and musicians go over the start of the celebration. It's a Republican building from 1929 situated at the edge of the traditional and Carnival neighbourhoods Abajo and Montecristo, donated by the family of a businessmen and patrons of the...

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  • visit barranquilla zoo

    intreesting zoo , mostly of local animals, relaxingsome animlas can be seen from very nearpity that at my visit some animals which had cage were missing, like elefant or bear

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  • Catedral Metropolitana María Reina

    Strolling the streets of El Prado, the most enjoyable neighbourhood of Barranquilla, we came across the imposing building. We found it was Catedral Metropolitana María Reina. Its construction started in 1955 and was officially completed in 1982. Behind the cathedral lies Plaza de la Paz where there are always some activities and many people. This...

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  • Teatro Amira de la Rosa

    One of the most loved and revered venues for barranquilleros is undouptedly the Teatro Amira de la Rosa. It was the constant and persistent effort for 30 years to build a cultural centre. With the support of Banco de la Republica the theatre was inaugurated on 29th of June 1982 by then president Julio Cesar Turbay Ayala, with the presentation of...

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  • visit guajira

    La Guajira (Spanish pronunciation: [laɣwaˈhiɾa]) is a department of Colombia. It occupies most of its namesake peninsula, the Guajira Peninsula in the northeast region of the country, facing the Caribbean Sea and Venezuela in the northern most part of South America. The department capital city is Riohacha.Various indigenous tribes...

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  • visit riohacha

    Riohacha, Rio Hacha or Rio de la Hacha (English: River of the Axe - Wayuu: Süchiimma), is a city and municipality in the northern Caribbean Region of Colombia by the mouth of the Ranchería River and the Caribbean sea, capital city of the Department of La Guajira. Founded by Conqueror Nikolaus Federmann in 1535, Riohacha was named after a local...

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  • Typical Dish of Barranquilla

    One of the most popular dishes on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coasts is sancocho de pescado, a traditional soup (stew) made with fish. The fish is usually cooked whole. The dish is prepared in a large pot and cooked together with large pieces of plantain, potato, yucca, cilantro and vegetables of the region. The typical dish of Barranquilla...

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  • Abundance of Tropical Fruits

    In the Caribbean coast of Colombia you find an abundance of tropical fruits. The diverse offer of fresh fruit is immense and many of them I have never tried or seen before. Fruit vendors are found on almost every corner of the city centre and El Prado. So when you are in Barranquilla don't forget to sample some of the most delicious tropical...

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  • Great food in a quiet setting

    You must visit the 'Santander del Prado' restaurant to enjoy excellent food and friendly customer service.Typical Colombian dishes prepared fresh made it our favorite stop after a long day.Expect to spend about US$50 for a meal for four.Really quiet, great service. Sobrebarriga and seafood.

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  • Local cuisine

    Be sure to try the local food of the area. Besides the fast food you can get from the streets, there are many cheap 'restaurants' (well, not restaurants in the western sense, cause most of them are open air places with plastic tables and chairs) that offer excellent local cuisine. You should definately try the arepas - corn bread, served with eggs...

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  • THE STREETS

    There is no need to fear the sanitary conditions that perhaps do not seem to be up to all your standards. The food is good, cheap and safe. You just cannot go to the carribean coast and not try street-food. The colombian perro caliente (hot dog) is definately my favourite fast food. Also arepas de huevo, buttifarra, meat on the stick, and tons of...

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  • Las Flores - actually it's the...

    Las Flores - actually it's the whole neighbourhood in the industial part of the city, near the harbour next to Rio MAgdalenathe atmosphere is nice. live music occasionally, but it also depends on which restaurant you go to. don't be disturbed by the shabby apperance. restaurants there don't like like restaurants if you come from Europe or North...

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Barranquilla Nightlife

  • Salsa, Salsa, and more Salsa

    La Troja is the quintessential landmark for salsa dancing in Barranquilla. It's not a club, it's not a bar, and it's not a pub. It is an outdoor venue to drink, dance, and sweat, sweat, sweat. If you are traveling through and have just a few nights, or even one, don't miss this place. You will either love it or hate it, but most people will ask you...

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  • DANCING and PARTYING the night away!

    Barranquilla's nightlife is excellent. The popular part of town is El Norte (North part of town). Froglegs and La Quinta are very popular, although you can go just about anywhere and have a good time. Beautiful women are everywhere, so wherever you go you’ll definitely see lots of them. It gets very hot in Barranquilla, so everywhere you go you'll...

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  • Cool music, cool people, hot atmosphare

    Definately one of the best nightclubs in b/quilla. But just as in any other hot place - they are also quite selective on the door, so dress up and look your best. Otherwise the place is really great - excellent music and nice people, a bit expensive maybe, but it's worth it!!! Try to look your best. Firstly cause you want to get in, and secondly -...

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  • La quinta

    The most famous and most popular nightclub in b/quilla. be prepared to be sent away from the door as they are really selective. really good music but a bit too stuck-up people. not my personal taste but we had loads of fun as you can see.. :) fancy. if you are not pretty enough or not dressed well enough you are not gonna be let in.

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  • Nightlife in Cartagena is...

    Nightlife in Cartagena is quite lively, many bars with good (Salsa) music and cheap beer. It is never hard to find a decent place to eat either. Downtown there are many restaurants with carribean and creole specialities.

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  • Pa Barranquilla

    if you are looking for something in the city limits then you should definately visit that place. just to dance the night away in south america. and this is the best place for that. no admission fee, drinks are relativelty cheap and come with snacks. don't hope to get any food though. a really stereotypically colombian place. again - anything you...

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Barranquilla Transportation

  • Flight from Barranquilla to Bogotá

    There were only a very few days left until my flight back to Europe so I decided to join Donna and take a flight as well. Two airlines have flights from Barranquilla to Bogotá, Avianca and Aires. We found a better deal with Avianca so we booked a flight with them. It was an evening flight with the departure from Barranquilla at 17:31 and arrival to...

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  • Santa Marta bus terminal to Barranquilla...

    After spending two months in Santa Marta, I was surprised to find out that there was an actual bus terminal. Although it is located outside of the city, it can be reached by taxi or other city buses. The bus will take you to a bus stop on the way to the airport and co-pilot will shout out aeropuerto and they will stop to let you off with your...

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  • Getting Around in Barranquilla

    If you're staying in Barranquilla. Use Taxi's (or buses, if you can figure it out).If you want to go to Cartegena, take a bus.Barranquilla isn't a real hard city/map to understand, but the driving is not for the unfamiliar. PLUS, taxi's and buses are cheap!MORE than 1/2 the cars in Barranquilla are taxi's... they're everywhere!

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Barranquilla Local Customs

  • Carnaval de Barranquilla

    As the largest festival in Colombia, Carnaval de Barranquilla is one of the biggest and best parties in Latin America, second only to Río, and one of the most colourful carnivals in the world. It takes places for four days before Ash Wednesday. During the carnival everything stops in the city. The streets fill with dancers, musicians, processions...

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  • EXIT TAX REQUIRED BEFORE LEAVING COUNTRY

    JUST A REMINDER FOR THOSE WHO TRAVEL TO COLUMBIA. WHEN LEAVING THE COUNTRY AT THE AIRPORT YOU'LL BE REQUIRED TO PAY AN "EXIT TAX" WHICH WAS AROUND $31.00 US DOLLARS. HAVE YOUR PESOS THERE WHEN YOU ARE READY TO LEAVE. ALSO IF YOUR GOING TO USE TRAVELERS CHECKS MAKE SURE THEY ARE AMERICAN EXPRESS OR MASTERCARD. IF YOU USE VISA TRAVLERS CHECKS YOU...

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  • The pleasant Ciudad Antigua...

    The pleasant Ciudad Antigua (Old City) was built within thick walls in 1533 along a beautiful Caribbean harbor. The walls are about 10 kilomteres long. It’s very pleasant to stroll down the narrow streets and watch at the stylish Colonial architecture. And don't miss the cathedral in the old town center (see picture)!

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Barranquilla Warnings and Dangers

  • BOTTLED WATER

    IF YOU PLAN ON STAYING IN COLUMBIA FOR A PERIOD OF TIME I WOULD RECOMMEND BUYING A LARGE CONTAINER OF BOTTLED WATER. WE BOUGHT ONE THAT WAS PROBABLY AROUND 15 GALLONS. YOU DON'T WANT TO DRINK THE TAP WATER AND BE CAREFUL WHEN SHOWERING NOT TO DRINK ALOT OF THE SHOWER WATER. FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES AND YOU SHOULD BE SAFE. ALSO CARRY ALONG WITH YOU...

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  • Like in many other tourist...

    Like in many other tourist places of the 3rd world, there are lots of beggars, who will start being your guide before you notice, and will not leave before you have given them some money.

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  • beware of the traffic......

    beware of the traffic... that's it. nothing else to be afraid of. honest to god. it's suggested not to go to el centro dressed in too fancy clothes, but this is not a real danger. perhaps it's wise not to bring a bag, just not to tempt any potential robbers, but none of the people i know have ever had any problems there. just always keep an eye on...

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Barranquilla Tourist Traps

  • Prices

    Watch out for the hotels. They are very pricy and I have a feeling people from another part of Colombia do not pay the same prices that americans or europeans are paying. Try to know some one and they could guide you. You can negotiate prices on most things so don't settle for what they say.

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  • No doubt Cartagena is the most...

    No doubt Cartagena is the most beautiful city in Colombia. As a result, Cartagena also is the most popular tourist resort town in Colombia. You will encounter those crazy guys trying to sell all those T-shirts, necklaces, Cuban cigars and sunglasses, just like in any other tourist spots.The picture shows an old postcard of Cartagena

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Barranquilla Off The Beaten Path

  • Take a trip to Soledad...

    Now a suburb of BAQ, Soledad was once another stop on the Rio Magdalena before reaching BAQ. Soledad isn't one small town, but more a smaller city with various barrios. Though some may feel there isn't a whole lot to see here compared to other places in Colombia, Soledad is a great place to people watch.To get there, take a taxi (about 10k Pesos)...

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  • Beautiful beaches just a short hike...

    2 hours outside the city of Barranquilla lies one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. Backed by the beautiful, lush jungles of Colombia, Tairona offers much to the weary traveler. Throw up a hammock between two palm trees, lather on the sunscreen (and insect repellent--the mosquitoes are torturous), and get ready for a fabulous weekend....

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  • Taganga

    Once you are already on the Caribbean coast you cannot miss the increadible fishing village just a few kilometres from Santa Marta. Taganga is a perfect place for scuba diving. There are many dive shops and amazing diving places. The village itself is great as well - cheap food (very good fish), cheap accommodation (usually for free if you take a...

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Barranquilla Favorites

  • Heat w/o the Humidity

    If you ever plan to go to Barranquilla, by invitation or on business, or if your into finding the perfect South American Bride, do pay attention to the following tips. Bring Cash! Credit can only go so far, and I've been told by some close relatives that some banks are starting to charge international processing fees for purchases made abroad.As...

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  • Cartagena is divided into two...

    Cartagena is divided into two main parts: the Ciudad Antigua (Old City) and the Ciudad Nueva (New City). Cartagnea used to be a popular place for the pirates of the Caribbean, so the Spanish have invested heavily in thick walls to protect the important harbour from attacks.Visit Las Bovedas, which are vaults built into the city walls where, today,...

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