Barranquilla hosts many universities and is renowned for its Museo Antropológico (Museum of Anthropology) and Museo Romántico (Local History Museum). The new Caribbean Museum & Cultural Center offers a tribute to Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez. The city is renowned for Carnival, second in recognition only to Río. Barranquilla offers easy access to several spectacular sandy beaches. Located on the banks of the Magdalena River, the old colonial town of Soledad makes for an interesting day trip.