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Oaxaca, Mexico

VISA

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.

oaxaca mexico

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.

Oaxaca Mexico

Sleep

  • Quinta Real (Traditional, friendly staff, small but good rooms)
Oaxaca Mexico Hello965

Quinta Real, Oaxaca

  • Casa Oaxaca
  • Hotel Azul
  • Hotel Palacio Borghese

Things to do

  • Monte Alban (Pyramids of Oaxaca)
Oaxaca Mexico

hello965 in Monte Alban

  • Cascade de Hierve El Agua

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  • Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca
  • Walk around and explore the beautiful street art all over town!

Oaxaca Mexico

Food

  • Casa Oaxaca (book at the terraza)
  • Pitiona

Cheers,

Hello965

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

 

Ecuador

Hello hello travelers!

Let me start off by saying NO, I’ve never been to the Ecuador. However, one of my close friends was there just a few weeks ago and shared with me her itinerary and photos. IT LOOKS AMAZING.

Let me tell you one thing: This itinerary is for the adventurers mainly. If you’re not an adventure kind of person, this is not for you.

Now, enjoy!! 😀

Country Code: +593

Capital: Quito

Currency: USD

Official Language: Spanish

Emergency Services:911

Fire Department: 102

 

Day 1: Arrive to Quito and see the city

Quito, formally San Francisco de Quito, is the capital city of Ecuador. Checkout the old town (see the Plaza and Monastery of San Francisco, the Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande), La Compañía de Jesús and the Museo de Arte Colonial), see museums and galleries, or take the teleferiqo to see spectacular views over Quito’s mountainous landscape.

Quito is surrounded by a variety of places that could interest all kinds of tourists. A couple of hours on a bus ride is all it takes to reach them:

To the North, all tourists should visit the province of Imbabura, which has beautiful lakes such as Yaguarcocha and San Pablo. Hikers and mountain climbers can also ask for adventures in Cayambe National Park, home of the 3rd largest volcano in Ecuador.

To the North West of Quito lies the region of Mindo, a subtropical rainforest paradise, full of rivers, majestic waterfalls, unique wildlife and more. The region is home to a variety of animal wildlife sanctuaries, and is famous locally and internationally because of its beauty.

To the east, lies Papallacta which is a thermal water resort town if you’re into spas and relaxation.

Day 2: Tour to San Miguel de Ibarra

Ibarra is located at the base of the inactive Imbabura Volcano and is the capital of the Imbabura Province. The tour to Ibarra is through a volcano route where you can see the Chimborazo and the route of the volcanoes. In the top of the volcano, there is a lagoon. Return to Quito & Spend the night in Quito. (Two hours drive)

Day 3,4 and 5:  Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz Island

Fly to Santa Cruz Island, (Known to be the best of the islands in Galapagos). Galapagos Islands are volcanic islands distributed on either side of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean. Santa Cruz, is the second largest island in the Galapagos. On your way from the airport,  visit lava tunnels and a sea turtle reserve, and stop at Charles Darwin Station to learn about the islands’ animals and Darwin’s observations, as well as the islands’ conservation efforts. Also, see Las Grietas.

Day 6: Fly from Galapagos (to José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport) spend the night night in Guayaquil

Guayaquil is the largest and the most populous city in Ecuador. Famous for Barrio Las Peñas which is shown in the picture above. Take the 465-step climb to the top of Santa Ana Hill and see the beautiful views and have the chance to stand on the site of the city’s birthplace.

Day 7: Trip to Cuenca

Cuenca is closer from Guayaquil (3:30 hours driving). In Cuenca, you can take a double decker bus, then you can go to a Mineral Natural Spa – one of the most beautiful things to do in Cuenca.

Day 8Cuenca and Ingapirca Ruins, Tour of the falls route in Baños

In the end of the afternoon travel to Baños (3 hours driving) – 01 night in Baños and do extreme sports the next day!

Day 9Travel to Puyo, 01 Night in Puyo, Amazon

Trip to Puyo – 01 night in Puyo – Amazon

Day 10  –  Tour to the Amazon and Indian group

Day 11Flight from Quito back home

 

Hope this helps? Cheers! xx

Hello965 team

Mexico City Itinerary

Mexico is a very magical place; and very close to my heart. Mexico City, is the capital of Mexico officially known as Mexico, D. F., or simply D. F. Mexico City is the country’s largest city as well as its most important political, cultural, educational and financial center.

Airport Name: Juarez International Airport (MEX)

Many of the most visited tourist attractions in Mexico City are concentrated in the historic center, including the Plaza de la Constitucion or Zocalo, the National Palace, Metropolitan Cathedral, Templo Mayor, Palace of Fine Arts and Alameda Park. A few blocks north of the Palace of Fine Arts, Plaza Garibaldi is one of the best places in Mexico City to hear live mariachi music.

You’ll also want to explore the neighborhoods of Zona Rosa, Roma, Condesa, Coyoacan and San Angel. Home to lovely parks, plazas, shops, markets, cafes and some of the top tourist attractions in Mexico City, these artsy neighborhoods are especially popular among visitors to the city and foreign residents. Nearby, in the trendy posh neighborhood of Polanco you’ll find some of Mexico City’s top nightspots and chic restaurants.

Speaking of Polanco, during my last visit to D.F., i stayed at the W Hotel Polanco and I highly recommend it. Great location, excellent services.

Some of the near by attractions to W Polanco are:

  • Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe
  • Polanco Commercial District
  • Plaza of Three Cultures
  • Tehotihuacan Pyramids
  • Archeological Museum
  • Museum of Modern Art

Food.

Biko

Merotoro

Nicos Mexico

PUJOL

Quintonil

SUD 777

Maximo

Mercado San Juan

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I will update the food section in particular as soon as I remember the good restaurants I’ve personally tried!

Cheers

Toomzie