Barranquilla, also known as “la Arenosa” (the Sandy) and “Curramba la Bella” (Curramba the beautiful), is one of Colombia’s major cities, as well as a key tourist destination.

Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport (BAQ) is to the south of the city and has international flights from Miami, Quito, Panama City, and Curacao.

Most flights from North and Central America connect through El Dorado International Airport (BOG), also known as Bogota Airport.

There are also seasonal flights that serve Barranquilla and the nearby Historic City of Cartagena. As air travel recovers from COVID restrictions, check flights carefully. One good resource is

A taxi into town will cost $3-5 USD and the Shuttle is $15 USD. See for further details.

Local transport

Shuttles to and from the Hotel and the Universidad del Norte will be provided daily free to conference delegates.

The conference venue is on the campus of the Universidad del Norte. Universidad del Norte is located in the outskirts of the city. Therefore, if you want to get to the campus you can do it by taking one of the public services of buses and taxis. At the University there is a taxi station. If you want to go from the hotel to the campus it is recommended to call a taxi from the hotel reception. The following are the common rates:

-From Universidad del Norte to Barranquilla Plaza Hotel: regular rate is $12000 pesos (US$5.0 approx)
-From  the Airport to Barranquilla Plaza Hotel: regular rate is $35000 pesos (US$12.00 approx)
-From  the Airport to Universidad del Norte: regular rate is $30000 pesos (US$11.00 approx)
-The minimum rate, as reference in the city: $6.000 pesos (US$ 2,5.00 aprox)

The rates may vary depending on the distance, time, etc.

The bus service is public and you can take it from the city to the university and vice versa. The rate for this service is $2.000 pesos (less than a dollar)

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