One Day Exploring Barranquilla, Colombia
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.