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Carnival Experience

The Barranquilla Carnival is one of the world's great celebrations

Barranquilla's Carnival is a celebration that Colombia offers to the world: a mestizo festival, enlivened by rhythms by the names of cumbia, porro, mapalé, chandé, puya, fandango, and last, but not least, merecumbé. Some call it a party of sones and danzones. This is a feast that gathers traditions based on the creativity of our people as expressed through dance, music, handcrafts, costumes, and party styles.


Also called La Arenosa (the sandy one) and Curramba la Bella (Curramba the beautiful), Barranquilla was founded around 1629. It is the main river and sea port of the country, and its historic center was declared a national monument in 1959. Several waves of immigrants have enriched its traditions and given the city its metropolitan and deeply joyful character.

UNESCO honored the carnival of Barranquilla by declaring it a World Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. It is the most-awaited festival of the year by all who wish to enjoy four days of a cultural and folkloric event characterized by ethnic diversity, merriment, dance, music, and entertainment.

Carnival Days

Batalla de Flores

The Grand Parade Great Fantasy Parade
The Colombian Pacific. Providencia and Santa Catalina.

The Batalla de las Flores is a parade with floats, dance groups, and costumed groups. The parade is headed by a float from which the queen of the carnival throws flowers while dancing accompanied by a large entourage of princes and princesses

The festivities include the torito folk dances, the dance of the Garabato, and the dances of the hilanderas (spinners).


Creativity and luxury will be on this journey, more than 200 groups will display their choreographies, costumes and makeup.



Festival of the Orchestras International arts festival Joselito's funeral
Amazon Jungle. The Colombian Pacific. Providencia and Santa Catalina.

The festival involved various categories and groups that compete for the coveted Golden Congo.

Creative minds from a variety of artistic professions will descend upon the city showcase their talents, allowing audiences a glimpse into what makes them tick. 

Joselito is the most representative character of the Barranquilla Carnival; he symbolizes gaiety and festiveness, and dies after four days of intense partying. .


The Barranquilla Carnival is a festival that brings out traditional cultural expressions such as dance, music and costumes.