Dave & Ian's Colombia Trip

July 4-8, 2014

1938 Colombian peso = $1

4th- fly FLL to Cartagena

Spirit direct $188 plus fees 10:48am to 12:42pm

Stay at this condo $220/night

la Mulata for lunch?

Nightlife tour by chiva bus

Your night tour begins with hotel pickup in Bocagrande. (Passengers staying in the historic city center will meet the bus at Hotel Cartagena Plaza.) Board a colorful chiva, a bus painted with brilliant designs.

Start your party on board with live music, complimentary rum and Coke, and typical Cartagena-style fritters. Your driver takes you from the suburbs of Bocagrande and Manga on a tour of the colonial walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, while a guide offers entertaining commentary and ensures a festive atmosphere throughout your ride.

Drive past the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Situated on the Hill of San Lázaro, the fortified castle was originally constructed by the Spanish in 1536 to protect them from an attack. Traveling through the Old City of Cartagena, view the archways of Las Bóvedas (The Vaults), which house a market of shops and boutiques selling hand-painted Colombian crafts.

With complimentary admission to one of Cartagena’s most popular nightclubs, you’ll have the opportunity to extend the party. Listen to electronic music, salsa and other Latin American rhythms such as reggaeton and vallenato (popular folk music from Colombia). Rumba until midnight, when your driver takes you back to your hotel, or stay at the club longer and arrange for your own transportation back — it’s up to you!

5th- Cartagena city tour
Saturday 1:30pm 4hrs $60 each x2

This tour is perfect to know and learn about the history of Colonial Cartagena. We will start our tour at ¨El convento la Popa¨ it offers a privileged view of the city. After that we will visit the most emblematic places of Cartagena, like: The San Felipe de Barajas Fortress, the Gold museum, The wall, Las Bovedas, Santo Domingo square, San Pedro square, the Clock Tower and many others. The following, we border the bay of Cartagena towards residential areas like Bocagrande, Castillo grande, Laguito and Manga, in Manga we will see the old republican style houses. After this wonderful tour we will have a drink in a tipic place of the city.

6th- day trip to Tayrona Park? Too much for one day. Day trip to Rosario Islands instead, $107 + $7 port fee, 7hrs, 8am pick up but later start available.

The Rosario Islands are a group of private islands off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia. Due to its beautifully intact ecosystem, the archipelago was declared a national park in 1977. The beautiful array of natural flora and fauna is sure to impress you!

On this day trip from Cartagena, take a sightseeing cruise to the various islands and spend time relaxing on their beautiful beaches, including one on a private island! Take in astonishing Caribbean views and go for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters. Stop for lunch on the islands and enjoy an authentic Colombian meal.

Also included is a stop at the local aquarium, an impressive open-water display of aquatic wonders. Relax as you watch a dolphin show, play with sea rays, laugh at the seals' playful performance, and admire the majestic sharks! Cruising back to Cartagena in the evening, witness a stunning sunset as you leave the beautiful Rosario Islands behind.

7th- fly CTG to Medellin Avianca #9761 $93 8:53am to 10:03am

Art Hotel Medellin
Carrera 41 #9-31, Medellin 2000 +5743697900

Lunch here?
Ajiacos y Mondongos A tiny gem in El Poblado that has drawn both Julio Iglesias and Oscar de la Renta to its doors, this mystique-dappled lunch counter serves only three dishes: tripe soup, cazuela con frijoles (beef with beans) and a chicken soup called ajiaco. The front room is decorated with religious iconography and vintage food labels. Lunch for two, about 47,000 pesos. (Calle 8, Nos. 42-46; 57-4- 266-5505)
Open noon-3:30

http://www.landventuretravel.com/medellin-tour, 4hrs, by myself $111
Medellín is Colombia's industrial leader and also home to one of the friendliest people in the country. It has spring-like weather, plenty of shopping malls, both modern and colonial architecture, and it's surrounded by raw natural beauty. LandVenture Travel is proud to offer a tour of Medellin that highlights the ongoing social advances and innovative nature of the city and its people.

We invite you to travel with us and get to know Medellin's main highlights, both on and off the beaten path. This 4+ hour tour gives you the convenience of traveling in a private car and allows you to see the sights at your own pace.

Among this tour's highlights are the Metro Cable (K Line), Plaza Botero www.botanicomedellin.org (sculptures there), the Pueblito Paisa (city views), Parque de los Deseos (Wishes Park), Parque de los Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Park), the botanical garden www.culturayturismomedellin.com/en/content/joaquin-antonio-uribe-botanical-gardens-medellin, and the Metropolitan Cathedral but we are flexible and can accommodate requests to tour any other sites in the city. Additional charges may apply for itinerary changes.

Tour Includes:
Pick up at your hotel in Medellin.
Visits to the following attractions: Plaza Botero, Metropolitan Cathedral, Wishes Park, Botanical Garden's Orquideorama, Metro Cable (K Line), Barefoot Park and Pueblito Paisa (upon request, we can also do a brief tour of the Escalators of Medellin's Comuna 13)
Drop off at your hotel after the tour.
Price per person: $70,000 COP (approx. US$37) if at least 3 pax We do travel with 1-2 people as well. The total price for a group of just 1 or 2 persons is the same as the price for a group of 3.

Pablo Escobar tour, 2-3hrs, 4:30pm $50 if by myself
Learn about the life and death of Pablo Escobar, one of Medellín's most infamous figures and Colombia's most notorious drug lord.,/p> NY Times article

Dinner here?

8th- fly all day Medellin to AUS
JetBlue 6:45am to FLL 11:19am, 4:15pm to AUS 6:06pm