If you are wondering what to do near the city of Barranquilla you came to the right place, in this space, you will discover places in the department of Atlantico that are charming, full of color, with lots of gastronomic variety, and also full of history and culture.
1. Visit Usiacurí 'the manger of the Atlántico department'
Just 50 minutes away from Barranquilla is Usiacurí, one of the most beautiful municipalities in the department, known for its colorful roofs painted with birds typical of the area, for its craft workshops - which can be seen on every street - and for its friendly and thriving people. It is known as the manger of the Atlántico department because of its mountainous geography and its small houses. This place was for 13 years the home of the famous Colombian poet, Julio Floréz, who came to the municipality looking for a cure for his illness and where he also met who would become his wife and the mother of his five children.
- It is the safest town in the department of Atlántico, since 2000 there have been no homicides.
- In 2019 Usiacurí was declared the first municipality in the Atlántico to be certified as a Sustainable Tourist Destination by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.
If you want more details on what to do or where to eat, we recommend you to also read the article '5 must stops if you visit Usiacurí'.
2. Get to know Galapa, the cradle of the Barranquilla Carnival artisans
Galapa is located 25 minutes away from Barranquilla, one of the oldest municipalities in the department that is characterized by the elaboration of masks and floats for the Carnival of Barranquilla. In this place, there are artisans who work 365 days a year, workshops that are usually led by men, who learned the technique and their chores from their ancestors (inherited from their fathers and grandfathers) orally.
If you are a lover of history and tradition, we recommend these activities:
Visit the Archaeological Museum - MUGA
Galapa has the largest museum of archeology in the department of Atlántico, with more than 5,000 pieces of pottery, lithic, gold and silverwork, and bone parts that allow you to appreciate the technological wealth and plasticity of the Mokaná, Taironas, and Zenúes, indigenous peoples who inhabited the region.
To keep in mind: Admission to the museum is free and it is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00.
Become a craftsman for a day
Five minutes away from the museum you will be able to learn first-hand about the elaboration process of the typical Carnival handicrafts - made of wood or papier-mâché - and you will be able to paint with your own hands a traditional character or animal of our carnival.
To keep in mind: We recommend this experience for people of all ages, the important thing here is to let your creativity and imagination run wild.
3. Walkthrough Puerto Colombia, the place where part of our history entered
In this municipality, so near to Barranquilla, you will have the chance to experience endless experiences, learn about the history of thousands of immigrants who arrived on its large pier, enjoy the sun and the beach, buy handicrafts or try a good plate of seafood.
If your visit has brought you to this bohemian place, don't miss some of its most iconic corners.
Puerto Colombia Pier
The importance of this pier lies in the fact that since 1893 it served as a maritime terminal for the embarkation and disembarkation of people and merchandise coming from different countries of the world, who were looking for peace and prosperity in new lands. It was a space full of history that brought much growth to the region and the country.
After the demolition of the original pier in 2019 due to flaws in its structure, on January 22, 2022 the new pier was delivered, which is 200 meters long (520 meters less than the original) and awaits the visit of hundreds of people.
Walking in Francisco Cisneros Square
Just before reaching the pier is the plaza, a space of 30,000 square meters, where we can taste traditional food, buy handicrafts, or perhaps - if you are lucky - appreciate one of the many cultural events that take place there. This is one of the most popular places for locals and tourists alike, due to the peace and history that permeates the entire waterfront.
Recommended restaurants in Puerto Colombia:
Kilymandiaro Sunset Paradise
It is a restaurant located in front of the sea, perfect to relax and forget your worries while tasting a varied menu that highlights the flavors of our region.
To keep in mind: On weekends we recommend arriving at the place before 10:00 a.m. because it can be very crowded.
Just one block from the beach is this restaurant inspired by Italian culture. It is a delight for the palate, with live music ideal for sharing with the family and also for couples looking for a little privacy.
To keep in mind: We recommend you try the house fettuccine and pizza primavera.
4. Have lunch in front of the sea on a quiet beach in Salgar
Very near to Barranquilla - only 25 minutes away - you can find a series of hotels and/or seafood restaurants with quiet spaces to enjoy a fried mojarra or snapper with patacones, rice with coconut, salad, and a glass of cold panela water.
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5. Learn to surf in one of the windiest places in the world
Half an hour from the capital of the department is Puerto Velero, a magnificent place with flat waters and strong winds, ideal for water sports. There you can find different schools with professional experts who will teach you in at least 10 hours of theoretical and practical classes the basics of kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing.
To keep in mind: The cost of the classes can range from $300,000 cop to $450,000 cop, and includes the rental of the necessary equipment.
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