Puerto Colombia

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Puerto Colombia
Municipality and town
Puerto Colombia
Puerto Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Puerto Colombia in the Atlántico Department of Colombia
Location of the municipality and town of Puerto Colombia in the Atlántico Department of Colombia
Country  Colombia
Department Atlántico Department
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)
Puerto Colombia
Country Colombia
Region Caribbean
Department Atlántico
Government
 • Mayor Carlos Altahona Arraut
Population (2010)
 • Total 28,439
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Website
www.puertocolombia-atlantico.gov.co/sitio.shtml

Puerto Colombia is a town and municipality in Atlántico Department, Colombia. Famous for its "Pier of Puerto Colombia". Duties were later transferred to the larger and modern Port of Barranquilla in Bocas de Cenizas, the mouth of the Magdalena River in the Caribbean sea.

The town enjoyed a glorious post-colonial period as the main port on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, where most European immigrants entered the country. In the second half of the 20th century, Puerto Colombia faced a rapid decline, eclipsed by Barranquilla the capital of Atlantico.

Thanks to recent free trade agreements with Canada, the United States of America and many European countries, the municipality has been included in Barranquilla's Metropolitan area and its port has undergone large-scale redevelopment. The focus of important public-private partnerships, Puerto Colombia is expected to regain its prominent role as the main sea port of Colombia within a decade.

Dr. Carlos Altahona, Puerto Colombia's Mayor, was recognized in December 2012 as the best municipal leader in Colombia for his efforts to eradicate extreme poverty.

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Coordinates: 11°01′N 74°53′W / 11.017°N 74.883°W / 11.017; -74.883