"My second home" Top 5 Page for this destination Barranquilla by Lodestar

Barranquilla Travel Guide: 58 reviews and 107 photos

This city was my home for six months and i loved it. wonderful people, amazing party places, fantastic culture - colombian culture at it's best.... This is the la tierra loca Gabriel Garzia Marquez talks about. Th Caribbean coast is the most amazing are in Colombia. It is relatively safe compared to the interior of the country. It is also full of gorgeous, friendly, helpful, fun and nice people. The nature is beautiful, the culture is colorful.
although b/quilla is not among the top tourist cities in Colombia you just have to visit the city to get a real feel of Colombia.

You will find wonders, if you are willing to look

Although Barranquilla is in most cases described as a large industrial city, with no real tourist attractions, then there is a certain event in b/quilla, which draws hundreds and hundreds of people together from all over south america and the etire world. This event is the Barranquilla carnival - the second largest and famous in south america after good old Rio. The three days of carnivals that take place usually in the beginning of february, are an event filled with colorful costumes, dancing, drinking, music, parades, sunshine, water and maizena (corn starch) throwing and general fun and boning between all the people there. This is definately something everyone should see and experience first hand.

My experience

As I lived and worked in Barranquilla for ahlf a year, i got to experience the Colombian life first-hand. I went to places few tourists even go, ate at 'restaurants' the typical visitor would never set foot to, met people you will not normally talk to - and that made me truly love the country and the city. I spent time at the nighclubs, bar, beaches, universities, market places, churches, supermarkets, the crazy public transport, cafes, park benches - everywhere a local person goes to, and I can say - there is so much to see and do in Barranquilla, if you just have the time and if you bother to look. Unlike most people, i'm convinced, that this is a unique city worth discovering and eventually you will find the crazy, chaotic, friendly, loud, hot heart of the country that so many people before you have fallen in love with!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A chance to experience the true Caribbean life, music and clubs, beaches, an oportunity to get to the core of Colombia as many people (like G. G. Marquez) have seen it!
  • Cons:Not very many tourist attractions, climate may appear to be too hot
  • In a nutshell:A true example of the tierra loca, with it's loatino rhythms, hot sunshine, fabulously friendly people, long and laisurely days on the beach and dancing the mysitcal nights away...
  • Last visit to Barranquilla: Jul 2002
  • Intro Updated Jun 10, 2003
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  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    very different from estonia

  • Jan 28, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    Great page! Got my interest piqued!

  • Apr 25, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Hey! Am looking into ways of making my trip to Barranquilla more exciting! If you have any advice on transportation from Panama to Barranquilla that would be awesome, thanks! J

  • luca76's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2007 at 5:37 AM

    hi !! nice page..!!! i'm going there next august, and now i'm getting info about colombia as much as i can, so i hope u can give me some them!!! ciao Luca!!!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2006 at 4:37 AM

    here's another place to put on my list!

  • scarm's Profile Photo
    Apr 29, 2006 at 4:31 AM

    Best Baranquilla Page! Thanks

  • Feb 7, 2005 at 11:18 AM

    I would like to thank you for your page! I had to do a project on Columbia and it was awesome to have the local scoop. My Dad is originally from Panama and I now have the urge to cross the border and spend some time in Columbia.

  • Siddha3th's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2004 at 2:39 AM

    Can see why you're in love with Barranquilla, Liis. There's an indescribable magic to the place... even through your photographs :) "La tierra loca" indeed! Stay safe and keep smilin'... Siddharth

  • quime's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2004 at 2:52 PM

    A must see Barranquilla page!

  • wozzek's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2004 at 6:15 AM

    ahhhhh... so nice, so inspirational. if I was not in "good old Rio", as now, broke and penniless :)) I’d be on the first plane to Colombia…

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