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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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
Official Language: Spanish
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 8 – Cuenca 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 9 – Travel 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 11 – Flight from Quito back home
Hope this helps? Cheers! xx