Caño de Los Tramposos

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  • Day191

    13.1 Carnival

    March 2 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    No time to relax; on the same day of arrival in Cartagena we spontaneously and immediately (after waiting 3 h for the entry stamp) took a Uber to the bus terminal from which we rode a bus to Barranquilla, a dangerous, dirty, stinking, ugly piece of asphalt and concrete that somehow managed to host the second biggest carnival in the world! So they claim.

    Well and it was huge!
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  • Day133

    The competition

    February 9, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    At one end of the blocked street of Carrera 50, was the stage where the competition was taking place. There were groups competing in different categories. There was live singing in different genres and there were some groups with fantastic dancing troupes performing live on their songs. Hristo and Maria too joined after a while. It was a fun filled event.Read more

  • Day279

    Brief Visit to Barranquilla

    May 4, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    While we were in Cartagena, we decided to take a day trip to Barranquilla, about 115 kilometres away. The bus was small and while there were no live chickens on-board, we were cramped in the bus as if we were chickens or sardines. With no leg room for two tall gringos, we spent the next three hours trying to get comfortable and avert deep vein thrombosis.

    Barranquilla is the largest city in the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia, but it's main claim to fame is that it is home to Sofía Vergara and Shakira (and our friend Steph). Just prior to our visit, Sofía Vergara had returned home causing a media sensation. We went in search of Shakira but could only find buses promoting the city's love for the singer. A bit like our ongoing search for the ever-allusive sloth, we left the city without catching sight of Sofía or Shakira (and Steph exited a long-time ago).

    Next stop: Panamá City via Cartagena
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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

  • Day133

    Barrio Abajo

    February 9, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    This day also, we didn't have anything planned during the day. The only event Baila la Calle (Dancing on the Street) was starting at 7 in the evening. Maria and Hristo planned to stay a bit longer at the hotel in the morning. They needed to fix Maria's return ticket to London. She had been forced to buy a return ticket when she was about to board the flight to Santiago on her way from UK. The Argentina Aerolíneas had given her no other option and had wanted her to book a return ticket while still in Madrid. This, despite the fact that she was not even stopping in Argentina and had showed them her onward journey to Santiago, Chile. She had bought a return ticket from Santiago to London and had managed to come. We had tried to get it canceled and get a refund a couple of times during the trip but it had not worked out. Now, with the return in a few days, they had to get it canceled and get a refund. I decided to go to the Barrio Abajo which we had not been able to reach the day before and do some shopping for the carnival while they decided to fix the tickets and join me later during the day.
    On the way, I made a deviation and passed through the venue for the night's program just to get an idea about the entrances and the fees, so as not to repeat the previous day's mistake 😉 During the day, the preparation for the night were ongoing. The stalls were being built and barricades being erected. The buntings and streamers gave it a festive look, just the people were missing. Strangely, none of the volunteers helping out in the preparation had a clue how many entrances there will be and how much would be the cost 🤤🤤 Most did say that they most probably, it would be a free entrance. In any case, I walked from one end to the other to get an idea how big the area was amd where all the entrances could be.
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  • Day133

    Local Market Barrio Abajo

    February 9, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    A few kms from the venue for the night was the local market of Barrio Abajo. It was a colorful crowded place with street vendors selling various wares. A lot of them had updated their stock to sell items for the carnival. There were foam sprays, bunting bursts, tshirts, pants, dresses one could buy there, all items one could use during the carnival. It was a place to people watch and shop till you drop. Bargaining was a norm and I learnt to wait and watch how much the locals paid for various things before going in and doing my own bargaining and purchases. I managed to buy a few tshirts for a very cheap price. I was all set for the carnival now.. except maybe a good hat 😎
    The local market was spread over 20-30 streets N-S and E-W. Where the market ended was the beautiful San Nicholas church.
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  • Day133

    Carnival ready

    February 9, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    After San Nicolas, I started walking E-W past more street shops and kiosks. I even tried the Churros being made fresh on one of the street side handcart.
    A churro is a fried-dough pastry—predominantly choux—based snack. Churros are traditional in Spain and Portugal - from where they originate - as well as the Philippines and Ibero-America.
    There were fruit vendors, flower vendors and I even managed to find a hats wholesaler/manufacturer. I managed to bargain a Colombian hat for 10000 COP. The normal selling price was 30000 COP and none of the sellers I had tried bargaining with earlier had gone below 20000 COP so I was quite pleased.
    Now, I was ready for the carnival 😁😁😁
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  • Day133

    Around San Roque

    February 9, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    By the time, I was done seeing the San Roque it was 5:15 pm. The night event was starting at 7 pm and the venue Carrera 50 was about 30 minutes away. So, I decided to sit and relax in the plaza outside the church for a while and then have dinner before going straight to the venue. The main local bus terminal was quite nearby and there were many colorful buses coming and going from all over the town.
    After relaxing for 20-30 minutes, I went to one of the local food restaurant near the bus terminal and then started walking towards the event venue.
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  • Day133

    Baila la Calle - Noche de Orquestas

    February 9, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Dance on the Street (Night of the Orchestra)
    It is a concert featuring many national and international musical ensembles, and was created in 1969. In this festival, the participating musical ensembles compete for the coveted award called Congo De Oro in different categories. As a rule, each musical ensembles should perform three songs and at least one of them should be dedicated, in their content, to the city of Barranquilla.

    When I reached near the Carrera 50, I found out that they had blocked off all the entrances to the street except one and that was bang opposite to where I was. It took me about 20 min to get to the entrance and of course the entry was free 😉
    The whole street was like a long rectangular arena, packed with stalls and people. There were people dressed up for the carnival, dancing to the music being played by the stalls.
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  • Day133

    The kiosk parties

    February 9, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    After seeing the competition for a few hours, we moved away from the stage to the other parties happening all across street at the kiosks. People were enjoying the food, the drinks and dancing to the peppy music being played. Around 10 pm, we left the place and started walking back to our hostel. The whole town seemed to be out having fun. There were dance parties in various houses with people dancing on the streets. There were kids playing football on streets. It was a totally festive atmosphere.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Caño de Los Tramposos, Cano de Los Tramposos

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