En vísperas del viaje

Fly Mexicana: The fun is not knowing if your return flight exists!

T-minus 9:40 until we depart DFW for Mexico City and then Colombia and I’ve got a lot racing through my mind.

I think I’m done packing but I’ll never feel like that’s completely done. Did I pack to much? Am I forgetting anything? Will there be enough room for the cocaine?? (joking…) But seriously, that little backpack seen in the previous post has swelled to more than twice that size like a tick full of all things travel related. And yet I still wonder, will I be OK with less pairs of underwear than there are nights of our trip?

Hopefully I won’t smell too bad.

We’ve got 90 percent of our hostels/hotels booked but still feel like things are pretty up in the air. I’ll call it my fear of things being lost in translation. Getting responses like this don’t make you feel all that confident that things are actually set up: “I confirm that I have taken are booking.” And that’s the one reservation I actually did in Spanish. Well, at least I know that they are using Google Translate, too.

And then there’s the matter of our airline declaring bankruptcy and suspending the majority of its international flights indefinitely the week of our trip. They canceled half of their normal flights to Bogotá, but ours are still operating…as of now. But I think as long as we get there, we’re good. We can always find a way home, and Mexicana assured us that if our return flight gets canceled, they’ll arrange for us to take another airline.

Other than all of that nervousness/uncertainty, I’m pretty dang excited. So excited, that I’ll share with you our complete itinerary so that–if you care enough–you can play the “Where are Amanda and Blake in Colombia today?” game. Try it! All the cool kids are doing it.

That's a lotta gold...er...oro.

Day 1, Wed. Aug. 11– Arrive (hopefully) in Bogotá at 7:30 p.m. Staying the night at the Chocolate Hostel.

Day 2, Thurs. Aug. 12– Take an a.m. bus to Villa de Leyva. Probably check out the village and square in all its 16th-century glory. Staying at Hostal Renacer.

Day 3, Fri. Aug 13– A full day in Villa de Leyva. Possible take a trek organized through our hostel to the ruins, fossils and waterfalls surrounding the city.

Day 4, Sat. Aug. 14– Bus back to Bogotá in the morning, possibly stopping off at El Catedral de Sal in Zipaquira if it’s doable logistically. Spend the rest of the day in Bogotá. Staying at Chocolate again.

Day 5, Sun. Aug. 15– Full day in Bogotá. Gotta check out the Museo del Oro, take a cable car up Monserrate and all sorts of other stuff.

Day 6, Mon. Aug. 16– Take an early flight to Medellín, leaving us a half day to see the city of eternal spring. Staying at Geo Hostel.

Rio Claro

Day 7, Tues. Aug. 17– Bus to Rio Claro nature reserve three hours outside of Medellín. Staying on the reserve.

Day 8, Wed. Aug. 18– Full day in Rio Claro full of caving, kayaking, swimming and maybe even zip-lining.

Day 9, Thurs. Aug. 19– Bus back to Medellín, giving us another half day there. Staying at Casa del Sol hostel.

Day 10, Fri. Aug. 20– Take an early flight to Cartagena. Spend the rest of the day exploring the old city/sweating our asses off. Staying at an actual hotel, Hotel San Pietro in a nicer area called Bocagrande.

Day 11, Sat. Aug. 21- Full day in Cartagena, getting in touch with our inner Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Day 12, Sun. Aug 22– Bus to Santa Marta just northeast of Cartagena to prep for Tayrona National Park. Staying at the Dreamer Hostel, not owned by Austin’s Dreamer’s…

Worth the danger of falling coconuts.

Day 13, Mon. Aug 23– Figuring out some way to see Tayrona without sleeping in hammocks. Need our beach time.

Day 14, Tues. Aug. 24– Again, Tayrona.

Day 15, Wed. Aug. 25– Bus back to Cartagena for one last night on the Caribbean. Staying at Hostal Real.

Day 16, Thurs. Aug. 26– Midday flight back to Bogotá, wrapping up our last night there in the capital.

Day 17, Fri. Aug 27– Hopefully flying some airline home to the U.S. of A.

America, EFF YEAH!

See you on the other side. Adios!

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