Barranquilla, Colombia

Welcome to Barranquilla, Colombia

Known as the "Curramba La Bella" (The Beautiful Curramba), the name makes reference to the festive ambiance, the friendliness and the hospitality of the locals of this beautiful city filled with Carnaval joy. It is also called "La Arenosa", which is in reference to its origins as an area with clumped, clay-like sand.

Known as the "Curramba La Bella" (The Beautiful Curramba), the name makes reference to the festive ambiance, the friendliness and the hospitality of the locals of this beautiful city filled with Carnaval joy. It is also called "La Arenosa", which is in reference to its origins as an area with clumped, clay-like sand.


Description

Welcome to Barranquilla, Colombia Barranquilla is a significant commercial, industrial, cultural and university-oriented city of the Caribbean region of Colombia. It is located in the northern part of the country, on the Caribbean coast, along the shores of the Magdalena River. Barranquilla has one of the most important sea and river ports in Colombia, known as the "Puerta de Oro" (the Golden Port), due to its interesting history and commercial activity since the mid 19th century.

Welcome to Barranquilla, Colombia

This is a beautiful city that has many interesting buildings and is the site of one the most well known and important folkloric and cultural festivities in all of Colombia: the Carnaval of Barranquilla. It was declared part of the national cultural heritage by the Congress of Colombia in 2001 and it was also named an oral and intangible heritage of humanity by the UNESCO in 2003.

Tourism in Barranquilla

Welcome to Barranquilla, Colombia

In the marvelous city of Barranquilla, there is an important influx of vacation, business and corporate tourism. This happens primarily during Carnaval and end of the year, when the city receives a high number of visitors.

The tourist infrastructure is varied and the hotels of Barranquilla receive all sorts of travelers. This large Colombian city offers a number of possibilities and options like inns, residences and well known chain hotels, many of which are close to businesses, commercial areas and important convention centers.


History

Welcome to Barranquilla, Colombia

From the second half of the 19th century on, Barranquilla started to gain importance strategically and economically, which it still maintains to this day. When steam engine transport on the Magdalena River was possible, Barranquilla turned into the main port in the country for exploration up until the first half of the 20th century.

Welcome to Barranquilla, Colombia

Due to its strategic location, from the end of the 19th century up until the mid 20th century, the city of Barranquilla was the most important point of entry into Colombia for thousands of immigrants as well as being the place where all the technological advances of the era could be found, like aviation, radio and the telephone and was even the birthplace of various sports. All the above came together in Barranquilla to contribute to an indigenous culture filled with such tradition that it still surprises the traveler to this great city.

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