Barranquilla is one of Colombia’s most vibrant cities. The fourth largest city in the country, it is best known for its annual Carnival, second in size only to Rio de Janeiro’s. The event takes place four days prior to Ash Wednesday and has been recognized by UNESCO for its cultural significance.
The city is highly industrialized and is home to Colombia’s largest port due to its location on the delta of the Magdalena River. Barranquilla is also known for its active nightlife, from dancing and high-end clubs to smaller neighborhood bars. Other notable sights include the Teatro Amira de la Rosa, a beautiful building that is both a library and a museum, the Museum of Gold, and many Art Deco buildings scattered throughout the city. Many also visit the Bocas de Ceniza, the site where the Magdalena River and the Caribbean Sea meet.
Barranquilla can be reached by both domestic and international flight. Buses to any of the other major Colombian cities can be taken from here as well.