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Barranquilla is the capital of the Atlantico department in the north of Colombia and has about 1.2 million inhabitants in the city, about 2.2 million in the total metropolitan area, making it the 4th largest city in the country.
Barranquilla has one of the most famous and amazing Carnivals in Colombia. A lot of people come from other countries just for the city's Carnival. Barranquilla has been dubbed Colombia's Golden Gate thanks to its level of industrialisation and modernity. The people in Barranquilla are very nice and really enjoy life and parties.
Carnaval is held in the port town of Barranquilla over the three days leading up to Lent, the Catholic fast. Participants dress up in exotic costumes and take part in a grand parade with a queen, floats, salsa music, rumba dancing, food, drink and partying.
|Intersuites Hotel||Carrera 43 79-73||HOTEL||-|
|Atrium Plaza in Barranquilla||Cra 44 No 74-85||hotel||-|
|Continental Hotel Barranquilla||Carrera 46 85-127||Hotel||-|
|Costa Linda - Barranquilla||Calle 70 47-37||Hotel||-|
|Howard Johnson Versailles||Carrera 48 70-188||Hotel||-|
|Majestic Hotel||Carrera 53 54-41||Hotel||-|
|Prado 72 Hotel||Carrera 48 70-136||Hotel||-|
|Tarento Suites||Carrera 46 75-41||Hotel||-|
|The Meeting Point Hostel||Carrera 61 68-100||HOSTEL||85|
|Windsor Hotel||Calle 84 46-07||Hotel||-|
|Mamy Dorme Hostel||Carrera 61 # 66-130||HOSTEL||84|
Internet cafes are easy to find in any city or town. Expect rates to run about $1,250-2,500 (around $US 0.50-1.00) per hour, depending on how much competition there is (i.e., cheap in Bogotá, expensive in the middle of nowhere). Quality of connections varies enormous and tends to better in populated places and tourist areas. Wifi is getting more and more popular in some hotels, restaurants and bars, but don't count on it and be careful regarding your privacy.
See also International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to Colombia is: 57. To make an international call from Colombia, the code is: 005.
Using your own phone and SIM card is expensive so if you are planning to do quite a few calls, buy a phone or just a SIM card. It's simple enough to get a SIM card and even an unlocked phone at the international airport in Bogotá, although there is, of course, a price hike. They're not hard to find in any city either, just ask your hotel or hostel staff where to go. Topping up is also easy, and can be done pretty much on any street corner. The carriers you'll most likely see are Claro, Tigo, and Movistar. Claro is the most expensive (by a little bit), but has the widest coverage in the country, if you expect to get off the beaten path.
4-72 is the unusual name of Colombia's postal service. They have post offices throughout the country, which are open usually from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday and sometimes on Saturday mornings as well. That doesn't apply to all offices though, only the larger ones in the big cities. But for example along the Caribbean coast, offices tend to close between noon and 2:00pm. But even at the ones that are officially open all day long, it might be difficult to get anything done during those hours. For domestic services, sending letters and postcards is mostly reliable but takes days, for international services don't hold your breath. Eventually, a postcard or letter might arrive in the country of destination but it's almost not worth it. For parcels, you are better off using companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS.
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