Participants in the Barranquilla Carnival, in Colombia. Picture: Shutterstock

The good, bad and ugly sides to Barranquilla, Colombia – home to the world’s second-biggest carnival

  • For four days each year, the port city awakes from its slumber to put on a spectacular street party
  • More than 2 million people enjoy 96 hours of music, dance and ‘burning water’ – though beware: tipsy tourists make good targets for pickpockets
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Participants in the Barranquilla Carnival, in Colombia. Picture: Shutterstock
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Tim Pile

Tim Pile

Tim Pile has written more than 300 travel articles for the South China Morning Post. He has been to over 100 countries and has a Master’s degree in Tourism Environment and Development.