This year I had the experience at Carnaval, rather than the one that you’re likely considering. I attended the second Carnaval party in South America- in Barranquilla, Colombia.
I had a weekend to fit in all I wanted to experience, but it was enough to make me wish to return next year and live it all again. We stayed at the historic center of town and flew to Santa Marta, where we had a beer on a rooftop terrace. That I took it slow and went to sleep that night.
My buddies and caught the bus to Barranquilla and then I took a taxi into the bus terminal. The cost was 12,000 pesos when it is only 10,000 Because it was Carnaval season. Naturally there were some complaints from the other travelers about the rise in cost.
The sister of Even a co-worker bought seats folding along the parade route to channel. We set ourselves up by 11am, and around the parade started. The vibrant entertainment went on for another four hours. Even through the heat and hoards of folks, we had a blast!
The best thing about Carnaval is as soon as the parade is completed that the party vibe doesn’t die out. The city is electric and everyone is always on a mission to get fun. Just around the corner from the parade route there has been a street celebration. Who wants walls to dancing the night away?
Those in Barranquilla surely do not. There were people singing, cheering drinking and twirling to the music. Sleep? Who wants it? My memory watched a flour fight. By throwing water and blossom all the partygoers were covered in white foam. That night, needless to say I slept like a baby. Carnaval is a very experience that is exhausting!
The following day (Sunday) my buddies and I went on Casa del Carnaval to pick up my press pass, and I used to score a meeting with a Colombian hip-hop group called Chocquibtown. They had been also inspirational to say the very least, and I’d recommend their music to anyone who enjoys this type of music. The members of the band are from Choco’s Colombian town, which is known for violence and its poverty. Check them out here CHOCQUIBTOWN
And then I did the most”touristy” thing I could think of- my pals and I went souvenir shopping. We had an seafood lunch before we headed into another road parade. We danced and drank away the day amongst the locals that were energetic although this parade was missing the intricate floats out of the afternoon before. The atmosphere at Barranquilla during this period is contagious and addictive. Individuals of races and all ages get together with one thing in your mind, which is to celebrate life, enjoy and Native culture.
Here Some Details about Carnaval in Barranquilla:
Duration: 4 days before Ash Wednesday
Significance: In November of 2003, UNESCO hailed it as among 28 different”aspects of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity”.
The Carnaval of Barranquilla is second only to the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1 US Dollar = approximately 1,836 Colombian Pesos.
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