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Montoya Station, point of departure for the Barranquilla-Sabanilla Railway.

Top Reasons To Visit Atlantico

If you can’t get enough of the sightseer attractions in Colombia, then all the more should you discover the top reasons to visit Atlantico.  Atlantico is one of Colombia’s departments which lie on its northern area with Canal del Dique to the south, Bolivar Department to its west and the Magdalena Department to its east divided by the Magdalena River. Fundamentally, Barranquilla is Atlántico’s capital city being the heart of its industry and tourism. In 2001, the city was acknowledged as a National Cultural Heritage by Colombia’s Congress for its outstanding folk and customary festival which is the Carnival of Baranquilla. Baranquillas’ popular carnival slogan is “Who lives it, is who enjoys it.”

Baranquillas Carnival is deemed to be Columbia’s most significant traditional merriment and also noted as one of the biggest carnivals in the entire world thus is among the optimum top reasons to visit Atlantico. It has customs practiced still way back from the 19th century. The festival usually takes place on Saturday prior to Ash Wednesday and adorns itself with the “Battle of the Flowers” to ensure that many tourists are drawn collectively along with the city’s residents to shindig and have fun during the four days of vibrant and pulsating celebrations. When the carnival takes place, all the regular activities are temporarily put on hold to give way to the bustling street dances and lively masquerade and musical parades. Barranquilla’s Carnival comprises of the Spanish Paloteo dances, African congo and the aboriginal mico y micas. Furthermore, diverse styles and genres of Colombian songs are also presented. In November 7, 2003, it was proclaimed by UNESCO as one of the “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”

Montoya Station, point of departure for the Barranquilla-Sabanilla Railway.

Montoya Station, point of departure for the Barranquilla-Sabanilla Railway.

Another must-visit in Atlantico is Plaza San Nicolas which is situated in Avenida la Paz, Calle 33B of Baranquilla. The plaza is rooted by the Catedral de San Nicolas which is a stunning revamped church. It is not open for touring inside though so you can only take photographs with the cathedral’s facade. Encompassing the church are several marketplaces that are convenient for quick shopping. Fundamentally, the park is a nice spot to visit since it is the heart of the city’s economical and spiritual heritage; it is the place where the first inhabitants of the city became bonded and united spiritually.

If you want to rekindle the kid in you or perhaps if you already have children to entertain, then the Barranquilla Zoo is one of the top reasons to visit Atlantico. In the zoo you can find a diverse variety flora and fauna such as shrubs, trees, rabbits, deers, Central American agouti, foxes, porcupines, turtles, parrots and many more with a lot of areas to take good pictures of.  There are also plenty of areas to buy food too if ever you get hungry along the tour. It also has a special area called the “dark room” where the zoo keeps its rare animals. Moreover the zoo’s staff are also very accommodating in exhibiting and answering many questions from its tourists.

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Puerto de Barranquilla

Top Tourist Attractions In Barranquilla

You could expect the top tourist attractions in Barranquilla to include beaches as it is the largest industrial city and port in the Colombian Carribean region. But those who have gone to this place can all agree that there’s more to the area than meets the eye. Barranquilla was established as a town back in 1813 although it had been in existence since 1629. When World War I and II came, it became a refuge for Europeans, who immigrated to the place and industrialized it. By the 1940’s, it then became the largest city in the country and the most modern in all of South America. And this paved the way for tourism, which the metropolis has made quite some accomplishments in.

Puerto de Barranquilla

Puerto de Barranquilla

As mentioned earlier, among the top tourist attractions in Barranquilla are its beautiful shorelines. But contrary to the usual expectation, these tourist spots are not actually found within the city itself. In spite of being close to the ocean, its geography does not permit Barranquilla to host beach tourist destinations. However, neighboring towns like that of Puerto Colombia hosts a lot of unspoiled, uncrowded beach fronts. And the best part of it is its just 15 kilometers away. Other prestigious nearby beaches include Puerto Velero, Cano Dulce, Santa Veronica and Sabanilla.

Within the city, you will find a lot of impressive colonial, neoclassical and art deco architecture, to name a few. And among the most visited is the Historic Center of Barranquilla, an area which reflects the commercial, cultural and political landscape of 17th and 18th century Colombia. Here, people will get to see Paseo de Bolivar, Plaza de San Nicolas, the Church of San Jose, and multiple samples of the city’s historical landmarks.

Another one of the top tourist attractions in Barranquilla that attracts a diverse demographic is the local zoo, which houses an eclectic collection of colorful native and foreign animals, with an emphasis on Colombian fauna and the protection of the country’s endangered species. It has about 140 types of creatures in its care in all categories, from mammals to fishes, birds, amphibians, reptiles and primates. But its most popular lure is that of the Flamingos (locally known as Flamencos), which are often seen as pink because of their healthy state.

Barranquilla Cathedral

Barranquilla Cathedral

As a final entry to this list of the top reasons to visit Barranquilla, you should definitely consider visiting the Barranquilla Country Club and Caujaral, which ranks among the best golf courses in Colombia, and perhaps play a few rounds. The currency exchange rate is pretty advantageous if you come from the U.S. or Europe. So you do not have to feel conscious about the expenses. If you do not play golf, then you’d certainly enjoy the view and amenities present. These particular hotspots were designed by the well-respected Northrop and Joe Lee and provide guests a topical golfing landscape, surrounded by exotic plants and animals.

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River Magdalena Delta

Top Tourist Attractions In Soledad

If you want to know more about the top tourist attractions in Soledad, then you’ve found the right reference. And you’d be glad to know that you are making the right choice by planning a short vacation to this Colombian town. Founded back in 1598 and just lying 18 miles from the mouth of the Magdalena River, Soledad is regarded as one of the most commercial and industrialized metropolitans in the country. And since it is accessible by highway and merely a 3 mile drive from Barranquilla’s Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport, foreign visitors will not have any problem getting their way here and its main tourist spots.

Soledad

Soledad

One of the things Soledad is famous for is the local Aeronautical Museum, which features an important collection of aeronautical history and other technologically related displays, mixed with a little science. It is interesting to note that it is the only the one of its kind in the country. And if you are lucky, you might even be able to catch a guided tour. Another one of the top tourist attractions in Soledad is its colonial architecture, which is proudly represented by the Church of Soledad. But walking through the surrounding streets should already give you a sneak peek into how life was during the Spanish occupation.

Now, once you’ve covered this part of the top tourist attractions in Soledad, then you should arrange for yourself a boat tour of the Magdalena River, which is typically provided by either tourism companies or locals. The amenities will not be as fancy as what you would experience in more experienced cities. But the view you see, especially during sunset, will be well worth the compromise.

River Magdalena Delta

River Magdalena Delta

For dinner, you might want to order a serving of Soledad’s famous butifarra (a dried Catalan sausage), which can only be found and eaten here, with yucca, fried arepa and caribanola cassava. If you are lucky enough to come during the Mecumbre Festival or the National Festival of the Cumbia and the Cumbiana, then you’d have plenty of alternative fishes and celebrations to partake in. Nonetheless, for ordinary days, you could still have a great time hanging out in local bars within the area or its neighboring municipalities.

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