Tag: South America

Bogota Hotel Reviews: The Artisan D.C. and the Hilton Bogota

This is the eleventh in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. I stayed at two different hotels over my three nights in Bogota, the Artisan D.C. (a Marriott Autograph Collection property) and the Hilton Bogota.  Both stays were very positive, and the hotels are a
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Mini-Trip Report: Avianca Business Class Cartagena to Bogota & Avianca Sala VIP Cartagena

This is the tenth in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. Avianca Flt. 9789  Cartagena to Bogota (CTG to BOG) A319, Business Class, Star Alliance Livery Sched. Dep. 2:32pm   Sched. Arr. 4:02pm Act. Dep. 2:27pm        Act. Arr. 3:51pm Yes, I am running out of steam
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Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Cartagena

This is the ninth in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. As a Chase Hyatt Visa cardholder, I get a free night at a category 1-4 Hyatt property each year. To be honest, it’s often difficult to use.  There just aren’t a lot of Hyatts,
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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Cartagena de Indias

This is the eighth in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. After my disappointing Intercontinental Medellin stay, overall, I was generally pleased with my stay at the Intercontinental Cartagena, which was more in line with what I expect from Intercontinentals.  On the plus side, the
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A Day Trip to Baru and the Rosario Islands (with bonus racists)

This is the seventh in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. Although Cartagena is on the Caribbean, if you want to get a real beach experience, you have to leave the city. For a lot of people, this entails taking one of the tourist boat
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Exploring Cartagena

This is the sixth in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. Cartagena has become a very hot destination over the past few years, with easy access to the Caribbean Sea and some nice beaches, a colonial walled city, and a lively food and music scene.
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Trip Report: Avianca Business Class Medellin to Cartagena

Trip Report: Avianca Business Class Medellin to Cartagena Avianca Flt. 9510  Medellin to Cartagena (MDE-CTG) Airbus A320, Business Class Sch. Dep. 1:03PM             Sch. Arr. 2:10PM Act. Dep. 1:40PM             Act. Arr. 2:41PM This is the fifth in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. The flight to
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Hotel Review: Intercontinental Medellin

This is the fourth in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. My first night in Medellin was at the Ibis, a very cheap, basic property. I’m not doing a full review since I was there only about 9 hours, and it was an unremarkable
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Exploring Medellin, La Piedra, and Guatape

This is the third in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. I originally was supposed to have 2.5 days in Medellin, but a schedule change on my flight to Cartagena effectively eliminated that half-day. I think that would have been the right length of
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Flying to Colombia: Avianca Business Class Washington to San Salvador to Medellin

This is the second in a series of posts chronicling my January 2018 trip to Colombia. You can read an overview/preview here. Avianca Flt. 583 Washington-Dulles to San Salvador (IAD-SAL) A319 Business Class, 4h 45m Sch. Dep. 3:15PM ET       Sch. Arr. 7:00PM CT Act. Dep. 3:16PM ET       Act. Arr. 6:36PM CT   Avianca Flt. 369
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