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We were up at 4:45 am to catch out flight from BA to Bogota Colombia.
We checking in at the airport and had a great flight on Avianca (the
We had a very short transit time in Bogota to
get thru immigration and to our domestic flight to Cartagena...of only
45 minutes..we had to rush off the plan but hit a massive immigration
line up it was looking like an hour. But ...
... his brother Thomas was in, giving us 6 total people.
Battle of wills
Since Dallas had an ice storm, the American Airlines operation became very screwy. That caused our flight to BOG to look questionable. On Friday, the chances of getting to BOG looked very slim. However, since I live 10 mins away from DFW, I was still game to try it, and worst case, I don't get on and I go home. Joe and Thomas shared the same thoughts. The other 3 cancelled their listings ...
... so I was extremely happy to chow down on some good old American grub. Because we stayed about 20 minutes north of the historic center, we had to take a few taxi rides to get to the sight seeing, but it was worth it. Our first full day in the city we really did it all. First we headed to Cerro Montserrate for a ride up the funicular and a bird´s eye view over the Bogota valley. I was told the light was better in the morning, and at that point, ...
... well and got up in good time to embark on a cycle tour of the city. However, the morning session was in Spanish so we chilled out in the hostel gardens and made lunch before joining the English one in the afternoon. It was a great tour, we saw the 'real' Bogotá, including the bull ring, old German factories and gritty areas which we were told to not stop or display our phones or cameras in. We visited a tiny coffee factory and had a quite random performance from a street rapper who ...
... town plus fancy lunch at French-Colombian place with Connell (Irish guy I met in Quito and on the rock in Guatapé who's had bad luck with things getting stolen - explain).
Wander more of town then crash for a nap before choripan at the hostel and a few mojitos and then heading out on the town to Media Luna area parties - big night, free margaritas
Next day, chill in morning, then to mud volcano with Connell and new friends Jessy and Jilaine ...