One Day Exploring Barranquilla, Colombia
You Only Live Once
At the risk of sounding like a lame millennial trying to be cool, I want to talk about "YOLO" as it relates to travel. Basically, you only live once... so travel the way you want and don't judge others who choose to travel differently.
Three Days in Cali, Colombia
When I booked this trip, I had no idea what to do in Cali or if I would even enjoy going there. I figured, third largest city in Colombia has to have something to offer. And after finishing Narcos Season 3, I was intrigued by the city and it's history.
As with most of my trips, I book the flight and accommodations and do very little planning of activities till I arrive or shortly before. This trip was no different. I knew there were a few things I wanted to see and do, but the rest I left up to spontaneity.
November 4, Day 1
I arrived to Leticia, Colombia in the evening of November 4, 2017. According to google maps, my hotel was a short walk from the airport and since I don't mind walking I decided to skip taking a taxi (no ride sharing apps here).
Unfortunately, Google Maps was wrong about the location of the hotel and I ended up having to walk about an extra 25 minutes. While that may not seem like a long time, I was dressed for Bogota weather (cold) in the Amazon (hot). So lets just say I was drenched in sweat when I finally arrived to the hotel. It wasn't too hard to figure out where it was based on the address and how they number their streets.
I stayed at the Waira Suites which I booked on Booking.com. The hotel was probably the nicest one in all of Leticia (and that is not saying much). I check into the hotel and they don't even take my credit card. They tell me I'll pay when I leave. This is odd to me since I am used to hotels in the USA swiping your card and placing an immediate hold on your card for the final bill plus a certain amount per day for incidentals. My room was nice. There was a king size bed, air conditioning and warm water for showers. The only downside was that the WiFi was horrendous. I soon learned that this was the case for all of Leticia so unlikely the hotel could have done anything about it.
Since it was late and I didn't feel like venturing outside, I decided to eat at the hotel restaurant (which was probably one of the nicest in the entire town). Total cost for the meal was around $13. After dinner, I went back to my room to read and try and use my phone. The best I could do was turn the phone on airplane mode and then off to try and get it to reconnect to maybe get a few minutes of horrible cell service. Otherwise, my phone was basically useless.