1. Barranquilla Carnival
Well I don’t know if you know but there is a very important party in the country known as the Barranquilla Carnival, which takes place every year in the month of February.
This is a massive celebration in which one is completely disinhibited; and which has also been subtly catalogued as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Some say it is the second largest carnival in the world, others which is the most colorful.
In case you haven’t planned it by the first week of February, it seems to us that you may be running out of time. Enthusiasm in Barranquilla grows uninterrupted for weeks before the big event starts.
The weekend takes place a wide variety of festivities such as the magnificent sound of the Battle of flowers, the great parade with comparsas and it all concludes with the sad parody of the funeral burial of the whole carnival hangover. We warn you: throughout the dance, the spectacular costumes and parades, there will be rum. A lot. Ron.
2. The Carnival of Blacks and Whites in Grass
Secondly, to continue the festivities of madness, as well as the remarkable temporary transformation of a city, we have Pasto with the Carnival of blacks and whites. Like the Carnival of Barranquilla, Pasto has been listed as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of humanity and both are recognized for a good reason. Both carnivals are incredibly rich in history, with cultural treasures and representatives of a charming fusion of cultures, mainly indigenous, African and Hispanic traditions. Having said that, both carnivals manifest this fusion in surprisingly different ways.
Both are huge festivities, but Pasto also becomes a war of painting and foaming. Leave your best clothes at home because things get pretty “messy.” However, it is in the name of good fun. At the beginning of the year, this excessive display of traditional and contemporary culture transforms this slightly sleepy city, always the only southern city into a party machine with all the toys.
3. The Festival of Flowers in Medellin
It is Medellin, the beautiful and cozy city of eternal spring So of course there are a lot of pretty flowers and awesome floats which is all very nice and charming, but it is also a great excuse to party. Just wait until the first few weeks of August to see this city at its best attractive and colorful.
4. Cali Fair
Cali is the capital of Salsa in the world. If you have any love for Latin music and dancing, it would probably be an oversight on your part not to go to Cali for Christmas and New Year’s, at least once in your life. Because that’s when Cali bursts into an explosion of drums, bugles and hips that shake. Nowhere is it celebrated like in Cali, and it is celebrated in a big way throughout the fair.
5. Ibero-American Theatre Festival in Bogota
Every two years, people from all over the world come to the nation’s capital to unleash a true storm of everything to do with performing arts, including theater, dance, circus acts, live art, pantomime and puppets. It is the largest theater festival in the world and in the middle of March, the theater takes over the entire city. Come and stay in the middle of this party.
Okay, so this is the top 5. But it’s only five. Colombia has literally hundreds of festivals that span the entire year and the entire territory. What can we say? Colombia is looking for any excuse to celebrate. We thought you should visit her and find some excuses on your own.