15 Jan Experience the best party
The costumes and the dances are seen around the world. The music is so rhythmic that your soul starts to move. Feathers and glitter and paint and foam. This is Carnaval.
The coastal city of Barranquilla is normally an industrial, hard-working city, often overlooked by tourists on their travels between the touristic cities of Cartagena and Santa Marta. It also happens to be the home to the biggest carnival in Colombia, and the second biggest carnival in South America.
Whilst the official carnival procession takes place in mid-February, the celebrations and incredible party atmosphere often spill over into the months of January and March, in the pre- and post-Carnival celebrations. The tradition of the Guacherna celebration dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century and is one of the most visually pleasing, energetic and must-see events of the Barranquilla carnival.
The word Guacherna is shrouded in mystery for foreigners and Colombians alike. When asked to describe its meaning, one tourist from Medellin could only say, “It’s just like a huge party”. And that’s exactly what you should expect; the streets are full of people in brightly colored dresses and feathers, there’s dancing and music on every street corner, and groups of friends and families laugh, drink and eat together in flocks like exotic birds. Beauty queens enchant and enamor the crowds, and in the processions there is an endless stream of people of all ages, representing their multi-faceted Colombia through traditional and African-inspired dance in a way that will surely get your heart pumping. The atmosphere is guaranteed to be buzzing; happiness fills the streets and even if you swear you don’t dance – watch out because it’s contagious!
Barranquilla city has a lot to offer during carnival, and the way the festivities transform the city is truly magical. Doors that are normally shut are opened, and the city is enthralled with the energy, movement and colors that can be found on every street corner. Tradition says that carnivals are used to let off steam and release the stress of the previous year in order to start the new year, a celebration of birth and renewal, and the glorious mix of African, European, Pagan and Catholic traditions all comes together to make the perfect chaos that is Barranquilla Carnival.
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