is the major industrial city on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
It lies at the mouth of the Magdalena River. Barranquilla
is known as Curramba the Beautiful (Spanish: Curramba la
Bella), and those hailing from Barranquilla, like international
recording artist Shakira and Boston Red Sox shortstop Edgar
Renterķa, are known as "Curramberos." The adjective for
a woman from Barranquilla is Barranquillera, while a man
is a Barranquillero.
The local money is Colombian Pesos. Currently the U.S.
Dollar is worth about $1,992 Colombian Pesos.
Located not too far from the Equator, the city has a year-round
tropical climate, averaging almost 90°F (32°C). From December
through March the trade winds bring relief from heat. The
rainy season usually begins late in May and continues through
October, when there are showers nearly every day, although
the skies are mostly clear during the month of July when
an odd season known as the San Juan Summer prevails.
Barranquilla has several universities: Universidad del Atlantico,
Universidad del Norte, Universidad Autonoma del Caribe, Universidad Metropolitana and Universidad
Libre. Together these institutions of higher learning offer
instruction in architecture, economy, engineering, medicine,
law, and liberal arts. The Academy of Arts is also located
here, along with one of the finest libraries in Colombia.
There are also many bilingual schools like Karl C. Parrish
School, Marymount School, Lyndon B. Johnson School and the
British International College. Barranquilla has one of the
highest literacy rates in Colombia: 98.7%.
Colombia's cuisine consists of mainly chicken, pork, beef,
potato, rice, beans and soup. The local beer is Aguila.
The most popular cultural event is Barranquilla's annual
Carnival (Carnaval de Barranquilla), which is celebrated
4 days before Ash Wednesday and is broadly recognized as
one of the world's largest Carnivals. Residents claim it
is second only to the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
In November of 2003, UNESCO proclaimed it as one of 28 different
"masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of
humanity". Giving additional weight to the city's cultural
life is the famous hall of the Banco de la Republica where
exhibitions of fine paintings and sculptures are held.