Generally, Barranquilla is a safe place to travel (with a little know-how!). But like elsewhere in the world, Colombia has seen cases of coronavirus.
Check out our update below:
Locals tell us that travelers tend to stick out in Barranquilla—the city is less visited than Bogota or Medellin. Benefit from local insights to stay safe and to avoid sticking out. Our trip planners gave this safety advice for travelers to Barranquilla:
The reputation of taxis in Barranquilla is not great, so it’s a good idea to try and avoid them.
For a long time, Uber was a solid alternative to taxis—however, the company has recently left Colombia.
Read all about the Uber situation (and alternate forms of transportation) HERE. Or, get transportation advice from the people that know best. Our trip planners can let you know how they get around Barranquilla, and they'll create a guidebook with detailed transit instructions.
Carnival—the four-day, no-holds-barred public festival leading up to Lent—is when Barranquilla shines the brightest.
During Carnival, petty crime is at its peak due to the large influx of outsiders. To that end, locals say it's important to never set down your drink or accept a drink from someone you don’t know. It's also a good idea to pack light and to keep a close eye on what you do bring (leave anything of value at home!).
Using caution and common sense, Barranquilla can be just as safe as Colombia as a whole. And if you're worried, see what locals say about staying safe during the biggest party of the year.
The answer is really up to what kind of traveler you are. If you prefer a more cookie-cutter vacation spot, then Barranquilla may not be your ideal vacation. But if you like to take the road less traveled and are looking for a lively destination (or the party of a lifetime), then Barranquilla may just be the spot for you!
Otherwise, get personalized advice about where in Colombia you should go. Our trip planners will design a guidebook based on your travel style, which might mean island-hopping in Cartagena or spending three days exploring Medellin.
For further peace of mind, it’s a great idea to save these numbers to your phone before your trip to Colombia!