Tag: South America

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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Colombia Trip Overview and Preview

For the past several years, I’ve taken a big trip in the fall and another in February.  Last year, that was New Zealand and South Africa/Namibia; the year before was South Korea/Taiwan and Brazil. But with my change in jobs, I have less vacation days, less holidays, and less money.  So, I decided this year
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Rio Mini-Trip Report Part 2, the Sheraton Grande Rio, Sunshine, and AA GIG-MIA-DCA

For my third night in Rio, I switched hotels because my friend was staying at the Sheraton Grande Rio his second night. Prices were a little less than the Caesar Park, so I decided why not. The property is in Leblon, about 10 minutes from Ipanema – a bit west of the main beach and
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Rio Mini-Trip Report 1: AA Main Cabin Extra DCA-JFK-GIG, a Second Try at the Caesar Park Hotel, & Rain in Rio…Again

I’d already been to Brazil twice since November, with Rio and Iguazu in one trip, and Bahia, Sao Paulo, and Brasilia in another.  But American had a really cheap, sub-$500 fare from DCA to Rio, and a friend was going down for a weekend.  I hadn’t done the Rio nightlife on my last trip, with
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The Journey Home: BSB-MIA in AA Coach, VIP Club Brasilia, a Terrible MIA Centurion Club Experience & MIA-JFK in International Business, and JFK-DCA in Domestic F

American Flt. 214 Brasilia (BSB) to Miami (MIA) Boeing 757, Main Cabin Extra Sched. Dep. 10:55 PM    Actual Dep. 10:41 PM Sched. Arr. 4:52 AM +1  Actual Arr. 4:27 AM +1 AA Flt. 2493  Miami (MIA) to New York-Kennedy (JFK) Boeing 767-300, “First” Sched. Dep. 7:10am        Actual Dep. 7:09am Sched. Arr.  10:03am       Actual Arr. 9:51am
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28 Hours in Brasilia

I got to my hotel in Brasilia in plenty of time to shower and head to dinner.  The problem with Brasilia’s zones is that by definition the “Hotel Zone” isn’t going to have anything much but hotels and some businesses catering to their guests.  There was a shawarma stand and a Fogo de Chao across
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Orientation to Brasilia and the confusing Melia Brasil 21

As a means of orientation, before I get into specifics, some background on Brasilia. Brasilia was founded in 1960 to serve as the new federal capital of Brazil. It was one of the main projects of late-50s president Juscelino Kubitschek, who was a strong supporter of a new centrally-located capital as part of an economic
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