Barranquilla Carnival

While Royal Sonesta New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras with its own traditions like the Greasing of the Poles, guests visiting Sonesta Hotel Baranquilla can look forward to the colorful traditions of Carnival in Barranquilla.   From February 22nd until the 25th, Barranquilla’s Carnival, the second biggest carnival in Latin and South America after Rio de Janeiro Carnival, brings revelers from all over for music, dancing, and celebration of culture.

Battle of the Flowers - Photo Credit Cristhian Carroll

Photo Credit: Cristhian Carroll

Barranquilla’s Carnival offers unforgettable memories and invaluable experiences; it is the best way to immerse yourself in the folklore of Colombia and to learn about its culture.

The Battle of the Flowers (Batalla de las Flores) opens the carnival; this six-hour show features folk dancing, fire breathers, live music, and colorful floats.

Throughout the carnival, there are a variety of activities including concerts, parades, and local dances. For tourists, it’s a great chance to learn about the culture of Barranquilla, to talk freely with the locals, and to try traditional dishes and spirits. Get to know Colombian rhythms such as cumbia, porro, gaita, and puya and dances including the Spanish paloteo, African congo, and the indigenous mico y micas, which are the heart and soul of the party.

Battle of the Flowers - Photo Credit Cristhian Carroll

Photo Credit: Cristhian Carroll

The parades are free to attend, but you may want to purchase a ticket to one of the bleacher seats known as palcos to get a better view. Palcos are often overbooked, so be sure to come in advance to get a good viewing spot. You can buy the bleacher tickets online, in one of the hotels, or on the spot, but double-check to make sure you get them from a reputable source.

Barranquilla Carnival Front Desk decoration

Sonesta Hotel Barranquilla dresses up for this major celebration so that you can be part of the festivities from the time you check in. To learn about special offers in Barranquilla, visit the hotel’s website, or contact

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