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Colombia Part 1 W/ JetBlue And LAN SFO-FLL-BOG-CTG  
User currently offlinemikeology From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 126 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7993 times:



Intro:

Welcome to my second trip report. How did this one start? Well in the months of June and July a friend of mine was to be traveling South America. I was in need of another get away so I said we should meet up. He would be traveling from Peru to Ecuador and then to Colombia. I had always wanted to visit Colombia and they also seemed to have the most affordable flights. So from there the planning started. I found a great deal with Jetblue $700 Round trip. And then some iner-Colombia flights for about $100 with LAN taking us to CTG and from SMR. The trip would start in Cartagena and end in the capital of Bogota.


JetBlue has daily flights to and from SFO. Always at night. As well as daily flight to Bogota. But from FLL and Orlando. Service to CTG starts later this year I believe.

Here is the flight map for the first day of travel

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Start:

7/20/12

After a full day of work it was time to grab my bags and head to the airport. I didn't feel like waiting around the house so I went about 3 hours before my flight. Yes it was domestic. JetBlue uses the international terminal at SFO which is a huge bonus. As much as I love my local aiport the domestic side is a bit bland. Great spotting and food can be had at either international side. Here we go



SFO International terminal. Its a beautiful building and im proud to call it my home airport

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Check-in hall. Quite empty as not a whole lot of international flights at night. I forget to online check in so I did hit the counter. The Jetblue agent made an interesting comment. "oh another passenger to Bogota" Apparently the couple before me were flying the same route. And the check in process takes a bit longer. I laughingly said "sorry man" but the process was done in less than 5 minutes

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FIDS

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International A Side. Yeah its empty. Or maybe i'm just early

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Not much activity at the time. Coyote point seen beyond the water

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After walking around around the terminal I decided to stop and have a brew and a bite. San Francisco Giants already played an afternoon game so I was stuck watching the Oakland Athletics

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Passport. Phone. BlueMoon. Good to go

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Chesseburger and fries to keep me set for the 5 hour flight to Florida

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Looks like som visitors have arrived. PR direct from Manilla and CI from Taipei

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TA In old livery from San Salvador. Wouldn't mind flying them someday

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PR getting loaded up for the return trip.

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BA about to depart for the evening flight to LHR. I like the blue lighting in F

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After strolling around some more I decide to grab another drink before departure.

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Hey thats my flight

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Still waiting. After about 20 min and now just after 10 boarding is started. I shelled out the extra $15 for an "even more space" seat. Which gives me exit row and more leg room. 38 in I believe. And with that comes early boarding.

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SFO - FLL

B6 278
Airbus A320
Seat 11F

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My seat. Looking at the plane it seems quite new. The seats are new and thin @flyingfinn76 And the tv's look crisp and no scratches. Directv should be good for the 5 hour flight.

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Legroom is excellent

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Trash in the seat pocket. Tisk tisk

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Jetblue being an LCC, although quite nice one I must say you dont get that much. Even though its a 5 hour cross country flight a beverage and snack (chips or cookie) is all you get. They have these "snack boxes" you can buy for $4.99 but they don't look that good. The burger held me over so just a ginger ale for me

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Just coming over land in Florida

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Taxing to gate. B6 Embraer headed for Bahamas maybe?

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My plane for SFO at the gate

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FLL sure isn't a pretty sight. You will hear my gripes in Part 2. Although I am amazed to one thing. As soon as I exit the plane I take a look for my connecting flight. Sure enough its the very next gate. I literally walk about 20 feet off the plane to the waiting area for my onward flight to Bogota. Very convenient. Layover time is less than an hour

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Soon boarding is called and I make my way to the plane.

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FLL - BOG

B6 1557
Airbus A320
Seat 5F

Shot of the cabin upon entering. I don't think this lady cared for my picture taking. Notice the large and older style seats

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PTV

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Legroom is still good

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Looking across the isle. Plane from SFO was much nicer

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Another shot of my plane for SFO. See how close we are

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Tail #

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Just leaving Flroida

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First sight of land in Colombia

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Touchdown

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TAME Airbus

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Taxing

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Picture of new terminal at Bogota. Should be nice when completed

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Making the trek towards customs

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After having cleared customs it was time to head to the departure all in BOG to check in for my flight to CTG. It was about 11AM local time and my flight to CTG wasn't until 2:45. I asked the counter agent if she could bump me to an earlier flight since the run hourly but it wasn't possible. She did however give me a window seat in row 4 which was empty so I couldn't complain. Even though it was only an hour flight

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Bags checked and on to departure hall

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Cubana Tu-204 en route to Havana. Never will see one of these in the States

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Grabbing a quick bite to pass the time

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Domestic terminal. Qutie bland and boring. Tv's showing various shows at a very loud volume

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My plane waiting at the gate

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BOG - CTG

LAN 3098
Airbus A320
Seat 4L

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Legroom is good. I was really surprised by this flight. Seats were clean and modern. Service was prompt. American carriers could learn a thing from LAN. Well above what im used to on an hour long flight

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Safety card

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Cabin shot. Load was probably around 70%. Only a few people in the 3 rows in front of me

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Cloudy but smooth above Colombia

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Having a whole row to myself Mr. Backpack gets his own seat

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Empty

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Drink and snack service soon started. Choice of water, coffee or juice. Juan Valdez snack boxes. Quite tasty

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Peanuts and a delicous caramel thing

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Our flight map for the journey to CTG

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Coming in to land in CTG

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On the ground

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Avianca and VivaColombia both from BOG

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No jetways here in Cartagena

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Our mighty A320 engine

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Bye LAN A320 it was a great flight

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C17 Parked

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Walking to baggage claim

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Cartagena, Colombia

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Cartagena in July is absurdly hot. I have never sweat so much in my entire life. Not to take anything away from my time there I loved it. But be prepared as I was not.

Small square in old town

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I liked all the different color buildings. Much different than where I come from

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User currently offlinemikeology From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7863 times:

Wall and post around the city

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More buildings

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Much to my surprise soup came with every meal

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Arroz Camronhttp://i1169.photobucket.com/albums/r508/mikeology85/IMG_0267.jpg

Checking out Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

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New city vs. Old City

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I should have spent time in the newer part

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That concludes part 1. Stay tuned part 2 will include my 4 hour bus ride from Cartagena to Santa Marta. My time spent there as well as my flight from SMR to BOG. Time in Bogota and the the return trip home

My other trip reports

SFO - ICN Round Trip On UA Business Pics (by mikeology Mar 12 2012 in Trip Reports)


User currently offlineRCS763AV From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4396 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7632 times:

Nice report! Cartagena is indeed insanely hot during july, it's actually not the highest seaosn to visit the city but I'm glad you had a good time.

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
I asked the counter agent if she could bump me to an earlier flight since the run hourly but it wasn't possible.

Well not really, LAN has 4 or 5 daily flights to CTG from BOG. Avianca does operate around 14, CM* has 3 or 4 and Viva has 1.


User currently online817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2612 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7430 times:

Nice report Mikeology!

Your pics are pretty good, Columbia looks like an interesting place to visit, thanks for sharing with us.



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User currently offlineamsspot From Netherlands, joined Jun 2005, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 7014 times:

Nice to read a trip report on LAN's Bogotá-Cartagena route as I flew this route when LAN Colombia was still Aires. Not a lot has changed I think. Aires offered the exacly same Juan Valdez snack box.

Seeing those photos of Cartagena really makes me wanna go back to the beautiful city. The new part is actually not so nice. I think it's much alike other beach resorts. Did you visit Plaga Blanca when in Cartagena?

Looking forward to your report on Bogotá.

Miles


User currently offlinemikeology From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 6811 times:

Quoting RCS763AV (Reply 2):
Nice report! Cartagena is indeed insanely hot during july, it's actually not the highest seaosn to visit the city but I'm glad you had a good time.

Thank you. Yeah as I said I melted. I would definitely go again but not during July

Quoting RCS763AV (Reply 2):
Well not really, LAN has 4 or 5 daily flights to CTG from BOG. Avianca does operate around 14, CM* has 3 or 4 and Viva has 1.

Maybe I had it conufsed with Avianca. Still interesting to see so many flights to such a small airport.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 3):
Nice report Mikeology!

Your pics are pretty good, Columbia looks like an interesting place to visit, thanks for sharing with us.

Thank you!

Quoting amsspot (Reply 4):
Nice to read a trip report on LAN's Bogotá-Cartagena route as I flew this route when LAN Colombia was still Aires. Not a lot has changed I think. Aires offered the exacly same Juan Valdez snack box.

It doesn't seem like it. I guess only difference would be using the A320's on this route instead of the 737-700's

Quoting amsspot (Reply 4):
Seeing those photos of Cartagena really makes me wanna go back to the beautiful city. The new part is actually not so nice. I think it's much alike other beach resorts. Did you visit Plaga Blanca when in Cartagena?

Yeah it was a beautiful city and I had a great time. Definitely worth a trip back. Just not in the heat. I didn't have time to visit playa blanca but if I return it will be a must do.

Quoting amsspot (Reply 4):
Looking forward to your report on Bogotá.

Ill try and have it up today or tomorrow


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6232 times:
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Nice report and pictures, really enjoyed reading it this Sunday morning, most enjoyable!

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
BA about to depart for the evening flight to LHR. I like the blue lighting in F

- I've never seen it from this side, does look cool, shame it was not a little darker outside, would have stood out even more.

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
I shelled out the extra $15 for an "even more space" seat. Which gives me exit row and more leg room. 38 in I believe. And with that comes early boarding.

- Seems like a reasonable fee for this flight duration.

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
Legroom is excellent

- Indeed, $15 well spent!

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
Looking across the isle. Plane from SFO was much nicer

- Looks much older, the side wall panels give it away.

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
Domestic terminal. Qutie bland and boring

- Yes but nice windows to watch the ramp out of.

Quoting mikeology (Reply 1):
Cartagena in July is absurdly hot. I have never sweat so much in my entire life. Not to take anything away from my time there I loved it

- Looks like a lovely place to visit.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6031 times:

Very nice report, thanks for posting! Nice photos of Colombia, reminds me of my trip last year.

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
I shelled out the extra $15 for an "even more space" seat.

Great value for the long overnight

Quoting mikeology (Thread starter):
Drink and snack service soon started. Choice of water, coffee or juice. Juan Valdez snack boxes. Quite tasty

Ooh, looks much more comprehensive than the AV domestic flights



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User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5934 posts, RR: 41
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5954 times:

great report about my beloved Colombia!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
Ooh, looks much more comprehensive than the AV domestic flights

well - honestly even I am a heavy Lan traveler, I like much more AV domestic service + Lan hat at least in the beginning in the Colombian market hefty service issues!

Cheers
Avianca



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User currently offlinemikeology From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5749 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 6):
Nice report and pictures, really enjoyed reading it this Sunday morning, most enjoyable!

Thank you!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 6):
I've never seen it from this side, does look cool, shame it was not a little darker outside, would have stood out even more.

Yeah it was a first for me. I waited around but they pushed back shortly after I took the photo

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 6):
Seems like a reasonable fee for this flight duration

Although it wasn't a lot of money. I didn't notice that much of a difference between it and a normal seat

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 6):
Looks much older, the side wall panels give it away.

Seats were better too

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 6):
Yes but nice windows to watch the ramp out of.

True. Not sure if it made up for the awful terminal though  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
Very nice report, thanks for posting! Nice photos of Colombia, reminds me of my trip last year.

Thank you. Ended up taking some of the same routes as yours just LAN instead of AV. Prices worked out that way. How did you get from Cartagena to Santa Marta?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
Ooh, looks much more comprehensive than the AV domestic flights

Even though a short flight I was impressed. You did have ptv's on AV though

Quoting Avianca (Reply 8):
great report about my beloved Colombia!

Thank you I can't wait to go back. Hopefully fly something different next time I go


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