Backpacking in Barranquilla for Carnival!

Carnival in Baranquilla!

We spent a week in Cartagena and then made our way two hours up the Caribbean coast to Barranquilla for Carnival! Carnival was an incredible experience. UNESCO honored it by declaring the Carnival of Barranquilla, “a world Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”

We got into Baranquilla on Friday night. After getting some plato typico (a “typical” plate of food consisting of rice, veggies of some sort, and meat of some sort) we got settled into our place. That evening we went to a free Cumbia party in the park, not too far away from where we were staying. It was amazing. The park was packed with vendors and people. The Cumbia band was amazing. There was a part of the evening when a group of young children came on stage to sing and play music. I refered to them as “The Future of Cumbia.” They did not disappoint. In fact, they were the highlight of the evening!

Saturday was the big parade day. It was filled with costumes, music, people, and beer. We had a blast and kept going till late into the night. I have more written in my Dancing Highlights section. Be sure to check it out!

Sunday was yet another amazing day. It was a bit more mellow than Saturday. However, it was still an incredible spectacle of culture, costumes, music, and a nice touch of satire. Since we partied pretty hard on Saturday we took it easy on Sunday. We were getting worn out from having too much fun, and more so the place we were staying was having lots of fun too, which made sleeping a bit of a challenge. No worries, Carnivale doesn’t happen often so get it while you can. :) For more writings and pics on Carnival click here.