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Barranquilla Carnival, Colombia - One Of South Americas Best Carnivals

Colombia travel blog by Mark Berman - March 2011   » View Photoset (34 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for 10yrs!
I spent a day at the carnival in Barranquilla. I was staying in Taganga and went on a bus as part of a group, the cost was
Colombia Photo - Warrior with gold hair and face poses with spear at Barranquilla Carnival 2011.
Warrior with gold hair and face poses with spear at Barranquilla Carnival 2011.
$60,000 pesos ($33USD). I went with a special tour organised by the tour office next door to the police station in Taganga. It included the return trip and some fun and giveaways on the bus on the way there.

The Carnival

When we got to Barranquilla we made our way to the street for the parade. You could buy a seat in a grandstand or what we did was pay $10,000 pesos for a seat at street level under a sun shelter. We got some seats in the 2nd and 3rd rows. For 4hrs we watched the carnival parades in the street in front of us - amazing colorful costumes, dancing, music,
Colombia Photo - Amazing yellow lion costume worn at Barranquilla Carnival 2011.
Amazing yellow lion costume worn at Barranquilla Carnival 2011.
intricate facepaint, beautiful chicas and their hair, traditional marching bands, black mumbo jumbo men with bright colored hats, couples in beautiful traditional dress dancing and performing, stiltmen, men in dresses and flowery hats with umbrellas. Add to that - the dancing heads which are people with giant heads, feathers and jewelry, football and celebrity impersonators including Carlos Santana and Mr T, a group that looked like the elf things from Star Wars, the giant people, big lipped afro people and elephant people riding tandem bicycles.

Groups from Around Colombia

Groups from all parts of the country had come here to be in the parade including Las Cobras de Cartagena who were people dressed up in snake costumes and snake hats. Also we had
Colombia Photo - A mixture of characters and impersonators including Catwoman at Barranquilla Carnival 2011.
A mixture of characters and impersonators including Catwoman at Barranquilla Carnival 2011.
Diablitos Alegres from Santa Fe de Antioquia who were a strange group with sort of scary masks and costumes. Also, the Original El Paloteo de Gaira from Santa Marta and Gloribeth Vergara Roncallo Sombrero Vueltiao. Colombians of all ages took part, from young children to the older generation and they were very passionate about having a great time and performing for the crowds.

Carnival Dates

Each year the dates for the carnival are different, it is usually in February or March. Dates for the next few years: 2018 February 10-13, 2019 March 2-5, 2020 February 22-25. Have a look at the photos for a good idea of what it is all about. I was just there for one day. The carnival runs for 3-4 days but on the main day it is extremely crowded and very hard to see. I am glad we went the day after this, at least we could see and take photos and enjoy ourselves without the stress of the crowds. Perhaps another year I will go again on a different day. There are a couple of websites for the carnival, Carnaval de Barranquilla (.org) and Carnaval de Barranquilla (.net). There is a page for the carnival on Facebook also.

     

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Distances & times (if available) from Barranquilla Carnival (Colombia) to:


Map location: Barranquilla Carnival, Colombia. One of South Americas best carnivals, I have only been once, I must get back!
 A : Barranquilla to Santa Marta - Colombia 70 kms 70 kms straight distance | 1hr 43mins 1hr 43mins by car (85 kms) | 2hrs 3mins 2hrs 3mins by bus (85 kms) (85 kms)
 B : Santa Marta - Colombia 78 kms 78 kms straight distance | 2hrs 22mins 2hrs 22mins by car (114 kms) | 2hrs 50mins 2hrs 50mins by bus (114 kms) (114 kms)
 C : Cartagena - Colombia 99 kms 99 kms straight distance | 2hrs 3mins 2hrs 3mins by car (117 kms) | 2hrs 27mins 2hrs 27mins by bus (117 kms) (117 kms)
 D : Taganga - Colombia 81 kms 81 kms straight distance | 2hrs 33mins 2hrs 33mins by car (124 kms) | 3hrs 3mins 3hrs 3mins by bus (124 kms) (124 kms)
 E : Tayrona National Park - Colombia 86 kms 86 kms straight distance | 2hrs 36mins 2hrs 36mins by car (124 kms) | 3hrs 7mins 3hrs 7mins by bus (124 kms) (124 kms)
 F : Minca - Colombia 85 kms 85 kms straight distance | 2hrs 36mins 2hrs 36mins by car (127 kms) | 3hrs 7mins 3hrs 7mins by bus (127 kms) (127 kms)
 G : Santa Marta to Maicao - Colombia 186 kms 186 kms straight distance | 4hrs 2mins 4hrs 2mins by car (231 kms) | 4hrs 50mins 4hrs 50mins by bus (231 kms) (231 kms)
 H : Camarones Flamingo Sanctuary - Colombia 204 kms 204 kms straight distance | 4hrs 26mins 4hrs 26mins by car (259 kms) | 5hrs 19mins 5hrs 19mins by bus (259 kms) (259 kms)
 I : Magangue to Mompos - Colombia 194 kms 194 kms straight distance | 4hrs 50mins 4hrs 50mins by car (281 kms) | 5hrs 48mins 5hrs 48mins by bus (281 kms) (281 kms)
 J : Valledupar - Colombia 183 kms 183 kms straight distance | 5hrs 8mins 5hrs 8mins by car (313 kms) | 6hrs 9mins 6hrs 9mins by bus (313 kms) (313 kms)
 K : Maracaibo - Venezuela 337 kms 337 kms straight distance | 8hrs 9mins 8hrs 9mins by car (486 kms) | 9hrs 46mins 9hrs 46mins by bus (486 kms) (486 kms)
 L : Maracaibo to Coro - Venezuela 439 kms 439 kms straight distance | 10hrs 24mins 10hrs 24mins by car (625 kms) | 12hrs 28mins 12hrs 28mins by bus (625 kms) (625 kms)
 M : Merida to Maracaibo - Venezuela 450 kms 450 kms straight distance | 11hrs 18mins 11hrs 18mins by car (679 kms) | 13hrs 33mins 13hrs 33mins by bus (679 kms) (679 kms)
 N : Cucuta to Venezuela - Colombia 428 kms 428 kms straight distance | 12hrs 13mins 12hrs 13mins by car (680 kms) | 14hrs 39mins 14hrs 39mins by bus (680 kms) (680 kms)
 O : San Antonio to San Cristobal - Venezuela 457 kms 457 kms straight distance | 13hrs 36mins 13hrs 36mins by car (736 kms) | 16hrs 19mins 16hrs 19mins by bus (736 kms) (736 kms)
Driving times are accurate but approximate and are listed in the order of driving distance! Drive times are always affected by weather conditions, the terrain, time of day, altitude, dinner and bathroom stops, animals on the road, protests, a fast or slow bus driver, police checkpoints, border and river crossings, dropping off and picking up passengers etc. These drive times are obtained from Google Maps and are meant as a guide. Note however, times quoted in the main text of this page are exactly as the author experienced it.


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