03 Mar They say when in Rome…So when in Colombia you must do Carnaval in Barranquilla – and I did
I have been wanting to go to Rio for Carnaval for many years but just haven’t been able to work it out yet. My friend who is an amazing photographer, Widger, who is from Brazil, has been going for over 25 years. He has full access tickets to shoot on the floor and really anywhere he needs to go. This past year I asked if he could get me a ticket but that never happened, oh well, next year then. Because I am living in Bogota me and my fellow travelers at Remote Year decided to head over to Barranquilla to see what the Carnaval there has to offer us. Barranquilla is the 2nd largest carnaval behind Brazil. We also met up with other Remote Year groups there, so in the end we had about 50 of us all in all in Barranquilla.
There are four days of parades and floats (not so many floats), I went everyday to see the parades. My photos are posted on Flickr…Below are the links to each day.
Barranquilla is not known for their beaches but I did take a ride to see the closest one. It was the Hotel Pradomar on the beach in Climandario. The beach is mainly huts used by local people, very few tourists go there. Today is our last day in Bogota as we head by bus to Medellin on an 8 hour drive. Looking forward to seeing the beauty of Medellin and I will not miss the terrible traffic of Bogota.