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Barranquilla is a city that is frequently dismissed by travelers as just a big port. The only real reason to come here, they feel, is only for Carnaval. This metropolis, however, does harbor many attractions, from a zoo to a planetarium and many historical and art museums. In addition, the city has some impressive architecture, such as the Teatro Amira de la Rosa, Iglesia de San Nicolás (the original cathedral) and the Moorish-inspired El Prado neighborhood. If you are a train buff, check out the small museum at the old Aduana building and board the Tren Ecoturístico de las Flores to the mouth of the Río Magdalena. Nor must we forget beaches like those at Puerto Colombia or villages like Tubará.

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Museums of Barranquilla

Museums of Barranquilla

Hide away in the air conditioned comfort of Barranquilla’s many museums: Museo...

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Museo Romántico

Museo Romántico

The Museo Romántico is in a Republican-era mansion, once home to the U.S. consul in Barranquilla. This edifice now houses items of the city’s...

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Jardín Zoológico

Barranquilla’s Zoological Garden is said to be one of the best on the continent. The majority of its resident animals (there are more than 140...

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Tren Ecoturístiso de las Flores to Las Bocas de Cenizas

The long, covered wooden cars of the Tren Ecoturístico de las Flores rock along these narrow tracks, slowly, steadily pulled by a mini máquina....

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