Ocean Ports of Call

Barranquila - Colombia Highlights:
Magdalena River, Cathedrals, Soledad
Barranquilla is a city in north-west Colombia. Located about 13 km (8 miles) upstream from the mouth of the Magdalena River, it is one of the country's chief ports and industrial centres and its fourth city. It is also home to one of the best carnivals in Latin America. The church of San Nicolas on the main plaza was replaced as the cathedral by the new Catedral Metropolitana. The main boulevard is Paseo Bolivar and from this you will find the main shopping and market areas. The Museo Romantico covers local history and Carnival. Nearby is the attractive bathing resort of Puerto Colombia and Soledad with its cathedral and narrow colonial streets. To the west is the large lagoon of Cienaga de Santa Marta containing all types of water birds and animals and several villages on stilts. On the eastern side of this lagoon is Cienaga.

The city of Barranquila developed as a river port in the 19th century and expanded rapidly as a harbour for ocean-going vessels after the mouth of the Magdalena was dredged in the 1930s.

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