Colombia
Barranquilla

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  • Day132

    Catedral Maria Reina

    February 8, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    The next stop was the unique Cathedral of Queen Mary. It is a cathedral church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The outside of the cathedral was totally barricaded in preparation of the upcoming carnival events, some of which were supposed to happen in the Bolivar park opposite. Maria found a way in from the backside and we managed to go in. It was beautiful with a very unique representation of Virgin Mary. There were huge mosaic glass windows with beautiful colored glass pieces.Read more

  • Day131

    Reconnaissance for the Carnival

    February 7, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    After settling the stay issue, we decided to go to Via 40, the main road where the carnival was supposed to take place starting the next day. We just wanted to have a feel of things, just to get an idea about how the stalls are going to be, if there were shops or food stalls nearby etc. The Via 40 was about a km walk and it was quite dark by the time we reached there. A lot of workers were busy building up temporary stalls for viewing of the parade. There were no information brochures or anything. There was not much to do there, so we walked around in the area nearby. The houses had been decked up with carnival figures and buntings. The whole town seemed to be getting ready for the multiple day party. After walking around for a while, we went back to our hostels for an early night.Read more

  • Day131

    Start of the party time

    February 7, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Back at the hostel, I was preparing to sleep when Brian our 24 year old owner of the hostel came over and offered to take me along with the rest of the people at the hostel to a club where they were having the carnival pre-party. We packed ourselves in his car and went to the Michaelangelo club. It was a fun night out. There were people wearing costumes and dancing to the loud beats of the latino music. I also got introduced to all the inmates of the hostel while we danced together. We returned back at 1 am. So much for an early night 😁😁Read more

  • Day135

    Gran parada de Tradición y Folclore

    February 11, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Gran parada de Tradición y Folclore (Great Parade of Tradition and Folklore) is carried out on the second day of Carnival and was introduced in 1967.
    This is another lengthy parade commonly called the “Great Parade” that includes traditional folkloric groups, cumbia groups and dancing groups with no floats. Each year well over 300 dancing groups participate in this parade. This parade shows the dance and the music in their more traditional essence, since there are not floats neither high loud speakers presents in it. The music also therefore shows its most conservative facet, being cumbias, chandés - associated with the Garabato dancing group- and fandangos -associated with the Marimondas dancing group-, the musical genres most heard.

    The parade finally started at 2:30 pm with the local police, smartly dressed and riding in on their motorbikes. Even the police jeep was decorated as a Marimonda. We certainly had a much better location this day so I managed to get some very nice clean shots of the parade.
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  • Day135

    Some African dances

    February 11, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Some of the dances had their origins in the African community that was brought to Colombia as part of the slave trade. Eventually, their dance form mixed with the local dances to create unique dance forms seen in some of groups in the parade.Read more

  • Day135

    Dancing late into the evening

    February 11, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    The parade had started 1.5 hours late so it continued way beyond the normal ending time of 5 pm. The last of the groups were coming all the way till 6:30 pm. In fact, the organisers started pushing them to run and finish the parade quickly. The upside though was the beautiful lights of the lit candles in the Cumbia dances. It looked stunningly beautiful as it started getting dark.Read more

  • Day136

    Gran parada de Comparsas

    February 12, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Gran parada de Comparsas (Great Parade of Groups). This parade is typically a more stylish and international version of the Great Parade. This has also been known as the “Great Fantasy Parade”.

    On this parade, floats and dancing groups featuring a mixture of traditional folkloric elements with special renewing additions are seen parading. Due to their number of participants, their played music, their displayed color and aesthetic on their disguises, their designs, adornments and accessory, the fantasy dancing groups have been becoming a popular phenomena, specially among young generations, which has influenced the development of this parade with many more new dancing groups participating in it over time.

    It therefore shows innovating choreographic mixtures fluctuating from the most traditional, through the local, to the international by blending international rhythms, such as samba, salsa, reggaeton, champeta and electronic music with other local ones such as cumbia, porro, mapalé and merecumbé. This event attracts renewing proposals searching for an space in the carnival. The success of a fantasy dancing group could have a renewing meaning to the carnival itself, enriching it and helping in its development. Over time, this parade has become one of the most attended events of the carnival.

    Now, with an experience of 2 days already, we knew how to go about the whole process of getting the tickets and where to sit. Having already known that this day's parade was not as big as the other 2 we had seen before we decided to set a lower budget for the day's tickets. Also, it was the last day for the touts to make whatever possible for the tickets they have already purchased. They would have made their profits on day 1 and 2, so we guessed this would be more of a recover as much as possible for whatever possible, day for them. Keeping all that in mind, we set a budget of 10000 COP per person for the palcos and after haggling and negotiating for 10-15 min with 3-4 touts at the same time, we managed to get into one of the palco we wanted at that price 😊 We again managed to get a place in the front row. But, this day again, the parade started 1.5 hours late.
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  • Day136

    The last of the parade

    February 12, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    It was sad to see the organizers push the last 15-20 groups to run instead of dance and sing because they were getting late. The parade had started 1.5 hours late but managed to finish just 30 min behind schedule. Still, some of the participants managed to stop by and dance a bit before they were rushed on.
    After the parade we went to a local restaurant for dinner. From there, we went back to our hostels. There was no party in the hostel for a change 😉 After a long time, the sleep time started early 😊
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  • Day138

    Barranquilla Zoo

    February 14, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    We had one more day of stay booked in Barranquilla, so we decided to spend the day to plan what to do next and also visit the local zoo, quite near our hostels.
    We woke up and got ready by 11 am and then walked over to the zoo about 3 kms away. The entrance was 15000 COP per person, a not so small amount. There was a huge variety of animals but the enclosures were very small and cramped. There were animals from all over the world from lions to elephants to pumas and Iguanas.Read more

  • Day138

    Feeding the love birds

    February 14, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    In one corner of the zoo, there was an enclosure where kids could feed the colorful love birds. We decided we too were kids and paid the 1000 COP per person to go in with seeds to feed the birds. It was a lovely experience with such beautiful and colorful birds around us and on our hands.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Barranquilla, بارانكويلا, Горад Баранкілья, Баранкиля, Барранкилья, Μπαρρανκίγια, ברנקייה, BAQ, バランキージャ, ბარანკილია, 바랑키야, Barankilija, ब्यारेन्क्विला, ਬਾਰਾਙਕੀਯਾ, بارانکولا, Barranquilha, Баранкиља, บาร์รังกียา, Барранкілья, Barrankilya, 巴冷基也, 巴兰基亚