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Los Cabos, Mexico

Los Cabos is a Municipality located in Baja California Sur, in Mexico. Los Cabos, is divided to two parts: Cabo San Lucas, and San Jose del Cabo.

Month Visited: September/October

Period stayed: 3 nights/ 4 days

Airport:  SJD

Los Cabos

Hotel Stayed at: The Cape – San Lucas (RECOMMENDED!)

Food:

Flora's Kitchen

Flora’s Kitchen

  • Flora’s Field Kitchen (Organic, delicious, happiness!)
  • Lolita Cafe (Breakfast)
  • La Forchetta (Italian)
  • Las Cazuelas del Don
  • Nick-San (Japanese)
  • El Farallon

 

Things to do:

  • Desertica Cabo Multi Adventure Park
  • ATV ride over the longest hanging pedestrian wooden bridge in the world

Los Cabos

  • Frank Arnold Gallery (Gallery in San Jose) – You can choose to visit when the Art Walk is happening (every Thursday evening). This involves walking from gallery to gallery in the Art district.
  • Sailing trip (morning trip with paddle surf and/or snorkeling) or a sunset romantic sail boat trip

Los Cabos

  • See the Golden Arch ‘El Arco’ Cabos
  • Playa Santa Maria
  • Nikki Beach

Tips:

  • Although everywhere in Los Cabos from my visit was priced in US Dollars – do take with you Mexican Pesos as this is Mexico’s currency.
  • Rent a car Vs. Taxis: I preferred renting a car since I stayed in San Lucas, and wanted to go to places in San Jose as well.

Los Cabos

  • Book your activities in advance, so you can schedule your times.
  • Check the distances on Google Maps between each place to plan your routes and distances accurately.
  • If you’re going for the sun and water – please make sure you protect your skin and take some medicine just in case of an upset stomach due to food reactions.

 

You wanna see more? Check out our hashtag on Instagram: #Hello965LosCabos

Hello965 in Colombia

Traveled in: August, 2014

Currency: Pesos

Country Code: +57

Getting there: Flight from Buenos Aires 6 hours 15 minutes, Flight from Caracas 2 hours, Flight from Lima 2 hours 55 minutes, Flight from Panama 1 hour 40 minutes, Flight from Quito 1 hour 25 minutes, Flight from Mexico 4 hours 35 minutes, Flight from Los Angeles 9 hours 44 minutes, Flight from NYC 4 hours 35 minutes, Flight from Miami 3 hours 40 minutes, Flight from Madrid 9 hours 40 minutes, Flight from Paris 14 hours 10 minutes, Flight from Roma 14 hours 45 minutes.

Do you need a visa? If you’re a Kuwaiti national, yes you do. You can apply via Colombian Embassy in Abu Dhabi or in Egypt.

This post is about my trip to beautiful Colombia. The first question that I keep on getting asked is: Is Colombia safe? Honestly, everywhere in the world is not safe. However, back to Colombia and to be fair, my personal experience was very safe in the places I’ve visited in Colombia. You need to choose the places you go to, and avoid places that are known to be dangerous. If you do so, you’re good to go.

Buckle Up

Hello965 Flight: Qatar Airways

Route: Kuwait – Qatar – Sao Paulo – Bogota

Why did I choose this route? Because I wanted to stop by Sao Paulo to see a friend. The flight is super long yes but I was okay with it because I sleep on flights usually. Another reason I took this route is because through the states (which is a shorter route) they tend to remove things in your suite case such as ‘coffee’ and others so I did not want to risk having coffee removed on my way back from Colombia.

My itinerary was as follows:

ALL used Internal flights were via: Avianca Airlines de Colombia

Currency: Colombian Pesos – they sometimes take US dollars.

2 nights in Cartagena (Cartagena De Indias)

– Hotel in Cartagena: Basiton Luxury Hotel (ps. I didn’t love the service nor the Wifi signal in the hotel, otherwise location was great!)

– Things to do in Cartagena:

  • Rosario Islands
  • Go on a private tour to a private island, we went to an island called Agua Azul. There another recommended one called Isla Coralina.

Isla Agua Azul

  • Walk around the city inside the walls, and see:
    • Torre Del Reloj
    • Plaza De Bolivar
    • Plaza De San Pedro Claver
    • Plaza De La Aduana
    • Santo Domingo
    • Plaza Santa Teresa
    • Teatro Heredia (La Merced)
    • Universidad De Cartagena
    • Fernandez De Madrid
    • Plaza De San Diego
    • Las Bovedas
    • Plaza De La Trinidad
    • Centro De Convenciones
    • Playa De Artilleria

Cartagena

  • I also checked out a cool Museum of Arts while walking around the city. Check it out if you’re into arts.

– Places to Eat:

  • Juan Del Mar Restaurant
  • La Vitrola (Local Cuisine)
  • Don Juan (Pizza & Local Cuisine)
  • El Gobernador
  • Oh La La (French)
  • Marea (Seafood)
  • Mila (Dessert)

– A place that was recommended by friends but I didn’t have the time to see is: Juan Del Mar Cafe/Bar – Located on top of the wall with a very nice view. Check opening hours before you go.

 

2 nights in Medellin

Recommended Hotel: The Charlee

Things to do:

  • Walk around Botanico Garden and have lunch there
  • Check out the interactive museum
  • Take the cable car all the way up to Santo Domingo Savio and walk around a bit, see the huge library on top

Santo Domingo Savio

  • Walk around Botero Plaza
  • Play Golf if you’re interested
  • Checkout Las Luces Square
  • Drive to Guatape, but before you reach stop at the small towns on your way there. One of the towns I liked which we stopped at is called El Retiro.

retiro

  • Guatape Rock
  • Paraglide from the mountain in Medellin
  • Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)

Peñol

– Places to eat:

  • Cheff Burger (Burgers)
  • Crepes & Waffles
  • Tinto Tintero
  • Carmen
  • La Provincia
  • Milagros
  • El Cielo

 

2 nights in Bogota (Bogota is the Capital of Colombia)

– Recommended Hotels: Hilton Bogota, Sofitel Bogota Victoria Regia, GHL Hotel Bioxury, Hotel Andino Royal, JW Marriott Hotel

– Things to do:

  • I didn’t have the time to do a coffee tour in the cities before, but usually, the right place to go and see coffee tours from is Medellin. However, we found a very good coffee tour from Bogota. The coffee tour was in FUSA, where they take you to a coffee planation and show you the whole process from growing the plant until serving you some good Colombian coffee.

Coffee

  • Go to the Old Town, walk around, check out the beautiful Graffiti EVERYWHERE. I can’t get over it.

graffiti colombia

  • Go to Zona T for restaurants, night life and shopping.

Bogota

– Places to Eat:

  • A place that almost everyone recommended me to go is Andres carne de Res. Really good food and the ultimate Colombian touristy experience. A lot of fun, Loved it!
  • Casa Medina (French Cuisine)

 

Other recommendations in Colombia:

Santa Marta: The lost city

 

DONT FORGET, you could always contact us to plan your itinerary for you, and for more details on this trip, or other trips.

Cheers,

Kuwait

Hello965! xx

 

North of Spain Road Trip ~ Hello965

North of Spain Map - Hello965

Hello Explorers!!

For the North of Spain, the above is a route I recommend you to take on a roadtrip. Basically you could start-off with either San Sebastian and end it in Coruña, or the other way around.

  • A Coruña كرورونيا
  • Gijon خيخون
  • Santander سانتاندير
  • Bilbao بيلباو
  • San Sebastian سان سيباستيان

I’ve done this trip back in 2012. San Sebastian was my absolute favorite. Another city that I haven’t added in here, is Pamplona. If you have the time, pass by it it’s only 2 hours drive from San Sebastian!

 

A Coruña

A Coruña

The best sea-food ever. A Coruña (Castilian: La Coruña) is a port city, beachy hot spot and cruise-ship stop; a busy commercial centre and a cultural enclave; a historic city and a modern metropolis with a buzzing nightlife – all in all, an intriguing place to discover.

Gijon

Gijon

Gijon is a city by the sea, which is omnipresent in its geography and activities. Nature has given the city the gift of numerous stunning beaches all along its coastline.

In the summer the beaches are the destination for families, friends and lovers who come to sunbath, partake in water sports or simply enjoy the natural coastline. The beaches aren’t abandoned during the autumn and winter months, when they are perfect spots for a stroll, fishing and just taking in some lovely fresh air. If you are into active tourism, adventure or outdoor activities, Gijon offers a host of possibilities.

Santander

Santander

Modern Santander is not the most beautiful of cities. A huge fire raged through the centre back in 1941, leaving little that’s old or quaint.
But Cantabria’s capital makes the most of its setting along the northern side of the handsome Bahía de Santander, and it’s a lively place to spend a day or two, with good city beaches, bustling shopping streets, a heaving bar and restaurant scene, and a few cultural attractions. It’s a popular summer holiday resort for Spaniards.
Bilbao

Bilbao

Revitalized by the success of its Guggenheim Museum, the energetic city of Bilbao is set amid the spectacular green hills of the Basque Country.

 San Sebastian

San Sebastián

This elegant seaside resort boasts one of Europe’s best city beaches; its superb cuisine is at its most affordable in the pintxos bars of the old quarter.

Pamplona

Pamplona

An intriguing destination, which comes alive during the bull-running of July’s San Fermín festival. (I’ve posted about this event before on snapchat!!)

Que tenga un buen viaje, Adios!
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