Barranquilla Tourism

Located in the Atlántico Department of Colombia, Barranquilla is the largest port city in the Northern part of Caribbean Coast. Fondly called as Colombia’s ‘Golden Gate’, Barranquilla is known for its industrialization and modernization. The city also hosts the world famous ‘Barranquilla’s carnival’, a major cultural festival which finds a place on a number of trip planners.

The earliest records of Barranquilla date back to the early 17th century. However, it was formally established as a town only in 1813. Gradually, it became a major port in the Caribbean coast. Post the World Wars I & II, Barranquilla saw a major flow of immigrants from Asia and the Middle East. It went on to become a significant city in Colombia, and also the first place in the country to have the first airport in South America.

Barranquilla enjoys a diverse natural wealth with a wide variety of flora and fauna supported by Magdalena and other minor river systems. The city also takes pride in its beautiful landscapes that include western hills, lush green terraces, picturesque valleys and huge mangroves.

With indigenous communities from all over the world residing in the city, Barranquilla experiences a rich urban culture with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly nature of the people. The city might not have a lot of historical monuments to boast about, but it takes pride in its museums, cathedrals and other places to visit in the cradle of nature.

Celebration of culture in its highest form is what the Barraquilleros usually believe in. Throughout the year, Barranquilla witnesses a variety of folk festivals, cultural events and other things to do. The Institute of Culture and Tourism of Barranquilla looks after the promotion of culture and hosting wide range of events for the same. The Carnival of Barranquilla is one spectacular celebration in the city that you can’t afford to miss. So, take a break from your routine, and add Barranquilla to your vacation planners this holiday.

Essential travel information and Barranquilla tips for your visit

  • It’s better to carry your sunblock as the sun can be too harsh on your skin very often.
  • Know the pollution level of Barranquilla before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 40.38 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 44.23 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 51.92 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 66.07 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33.93 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 58.93 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 42.31 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 44.64 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Barranquilla for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Barranquilla.

    • Burglary and Theft 34.38 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 63.33 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 76.67 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 91.67 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 36.67 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 51.67 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 40 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 48.33 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 45.31 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 15.63 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 30 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 10 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 58.33 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Barranquilla is 108.81 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 43.92 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 54.07 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 51.39 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 52 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 31.18 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 70.49 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 12.38 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 40.99 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Barranquilla

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.05 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.65 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.21 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 73.13 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 65.41 USD

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