After living and working in Medellin for 4 months, it was time to go back to the backpacking life, which to be honest, I have missed. It is nice to be settled for a while but it’s also exhilarating being on the move, not having a plan or knowing what the next day will bring or even that evening.
Once I sorted my room and packed up, it was time to leave on this adventure for 3 months.
I was taken to the international airport, which is a mission to get to as it’s so far from the centre.
There are 4 options:
1. Taxi (gringo style) – 65,000 pesos per taxi
2. Shared taxi (paisa style) – white taxis at San Diego Mall (Centro Comercial San Diego) either wait at Texaco gas station parking lot or behind the Falabella building along Carrera 42B (Las Palmas) – 15,000 pesos per person
3. Shuttle bus – located at Carrera 50A #53-13, 4 blocks from Metro Parque Berrio or the same location as option 2 – 9,000 pesos per person
4. Find someone with a car with 10,000 peso toll fee
I decided to do option 4 but a warning it takes longer than expected depending on traffic. It took me about 1 hour 15 minutes to get there from Floresta and that was by car with no too much traffic.
The journey was beautiful with a magnificent view of the city.
At the national area of the airport, I didn’t need to check in as I had checked in online, printed my boarding ticket and was only taking a small pack pack weighing 6kg. This is the cheapest and easiest option when flying with Viva Colombia, a low budget airline.
I went through security, where they checked my ticket and cédula and I put my bags through the scanner. However I don’t think there were many restrictions as I had liquids over 100ml and a lighter.
Just round the corner was my boarding gate, with my plane leaving in an hour. There was a Juan Valdez café and obviously I had to order a delicious latte to start my adventures.
I easily boarded the airplane when the time came and soon enough I was in the air, looking down on some pretty landscapes.
Unfortunately my phone kept crashing so I couldn’t take as many photos as I wanted.
Soon enough, after about an hour in the air, I landed smoothly into Cartegena early evening, where I was met by my friend.