Barranquilla Tourism

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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.

Barranquilla Travel Tips

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.

Facts and Stats for Barranquilla*

  • Pollution Statistics in Barranquilla

    Know the pollution level of Barranquilla before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 40.63 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 69.44 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 38.89 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 66.67 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 47.22 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 44.44 (Moderate)
  • Barranquilla: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Barranquilla for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Barranquilla.

    • Burglary and Theft 30.36 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 63.46 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 75 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 90.38 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 32.69 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 36.54 (Low)
    • Drug offense 42.31 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 16.07 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 28.85 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 11.54 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 55.77 (Moderate)
  • Living in Barranquilla - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 46.84 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 54 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 60 (Very High)
    • Health Care Index 69.68 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.19 (High)
    • 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.

  • Cost for Essentials in Barranquilla

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.08 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.06 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 41.39 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 81.23 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 63.55 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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