To enter Mexico (For GCC Nationals), you could enter with a valid US Visa, or establish a new Mexican visa.
How to Get There?
My trip was a bit LONG; I connected via Frankfurt, Houston, Mexico City and finally to Oaxaca. Airport in Oaxaca is called Xoxocatlan Airport (OAX). There’s a direct flight from Houston to Oaxaca.
Length of my Stay
I stayed in Oaxaca for three nights, mainly because I was invited to attend a wedding there, so a full day was gone in the wedding, and I have two days to explore – two days were good enough to cover many things. Some sights were a bit further, so just make sure you plan your trip ahead of time, and see the time between the places you’d like to visit/see.
- Quinta Real (Traditional, friendly staff, small but good rooms)
- Casa Oaxaca
- Hotel Azul
- Hotel Palacio Borghese
Things to do
- Monte Alban (Pyramids of Oaxaca)
- Cascade de Hierve El Agua
- Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca
- Walk around and explore the beautiful street art all over town!
- Casa Oaxaca (book at the terraza)
Traveled in: August, 2014
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Guatape Rock
- Paraglide from the mountain in Medellin
- Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)
- Cheff Burger (Burgers)
- Crepes & Waffles
- Tinto Tintero
- La Provincia
- 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.
- Go to the Old Town, walk around, check out the beautiful Graffiti EVERYWHERE. I can’t get over it.
- Go to Zona T for restaurants, night life and shopping.
– 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
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