Tag Archives: 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,… Read more »

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… Read more »

Hotel Review: Hyatt Regency Cartagena

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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… Read more »

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. … Read more »

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… Read more »

Exploring Cartagena

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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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Hotel Review: Intercontinental Medellin

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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,… Read more »

Exploring Medellin, La Piedra, and Guatape

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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… Read more »

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… Read more »