Brazil’s Carnaval is bigger, more boisterous and definitively more famous, but the Carnaval in Barranquilla (home to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Shakira, among others!) is decidedly more authentic, less commercial and once you’ve been you’ll do anything to return. There are three different parades on each of two days, as well as a month long succession of events celebrating the beginning of Lent. Got to get it out of your system…and here they do. “Quien lo vive quien lo goza”; He who comes, has a blast…a good motto to celebrate with.