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Laura was very efficient in getting the trip planned and also was very accommodating in making some changes that we had requested. Everything went as planned. We had one small problem where the driver who was supposed to pick us up did not show up on time but it was straightened out quickly after a call to Laura.Read More Read More Less
Hello Julia, Donna and I are safely home after a good trip so it is a good time to offer our thanks. All of our planning and your execution worked perfectly. We were met on time, the drivers were good and the guides were excellent. With one small exception everything went as scheduled. Some thoughts: Bogota: A very large, crowded and smoggy city. Montserrat, the gold museum, the Botero Museum and the Salt Cathedral were all very interesting. Our two days were sufficient. Thanks for trying to get us on a tour of the Salt Cathedral…..but as you may have heard Magda made arrangements with our driver who offered his wife to drive us there. We enjoyed her company and had a good time. Medellin: A beautiful city with lots of trees and flowers. Our guide Nico and our driver Carlos were wonderful and were largely responsible for making this segment of our trip meaningful and enjoyable. We are very happy that we selected this area with the towns of Jardin, Jericho Temasis and Guatape and the state of Antioquio as our spot to explore the Colombian countryside. The mountains were beautiful, the towns enjoyable and the visits to coffee, chocolate and flower farms interesting. This experience provided our best memories of Colombia. Cartagena: A beautiful coastal city with a most interesting “ old town”, fortifications and history. The skyline is notable and the beach scene enjoyable ….even those of us without swim suits. Our apartment on the 25th floor in Boca Grande provided a spectacular view of the City and Bay with its nautical activities and spectacular night lighting. We decided that …..at least for us…the Boca Grande area was a good place to stay. We also enjoyed the trip to the aviary. We hesitate to mention the one small hitch an all of the arrangements………and do so only for your information. On our departure day from Cartagena ( 3/5) we had a scheduled pickup at 11:30 for a ride to the airport. We waited until 12:00 without seeing the driver so took uber to the airport. As the schedule left lots of time we had no problem meeting our plane. Once again we offer our thanks for arranging a smooth and enjoyable trip and for being available if we had a problem.
The trip was very good. The organization and the cooperation of Camila was perfect. Everything was fine.
However, there are some points that I want to mention and where Camila had absolutely no influence on, as for example the postponing of the hour of departure for the flight to Neiva and the cancellation of the direct flight from Medellin to Cartagena so we had to fly via Bogota and arrived half a day later in Cartagena. But I think those are South-American situations.
Then there was the journey from Salento to Medellin organized by Living Trips. After a trip of 11 hours we arrived at our hotel in Medellin. Over a distance of 250 km with 2 normal stops (sanitary and lunch) but there were still several other stops, one of which was very long, for road building. There was also very busy traffic. Especially large trucks.
We understand these situations, but why couldn't there be a vehicle where 3 adults with 3 large suitcases and hand luggage could sit comfortably. We made this trip with a Renault Duster. There were even 2 hand luggage between us in the back seat. All other trips we had a luxury van with a place for 6 to 7 passengers.
Then there was Nestor our guide in Salento. He was very friendly, but his English could be much better. I think Living Trips should be aware of this.
Our other guides, such as Fabio in Bogota, Juliana in Neiva, San Agustin and Popayan, Ligia in Medellin and Caesar in Cartagena were all very good guides.
What the hotels concerned there was not one that really disappointed us. Maybe was the choice of our first hotel Casa Guadalupe in Bogota not what we had expected, as well as hotel La Herreria Colonial in Popayan. All other
hotels were quite good. Of course you can’t compare hotels like GHL Neiva, Lomas 10 in Medellin and Casa Pizarro Boutique Hotel in Cartagena with hostels as Huaka-Yo in San Agustin or The Dreamer Hostel in Palomino. But without prejudice to these two hostels. They were both very well located and the food was very good.
The best hotel on our trip, in terms of building, Interior, location, room, bathroom with hot water in the shower and the sink was still without a doubt Terrazas de Salento.
At the latest we also want to underline that any contact in the hotels, the restaurants, as with the guides, the drivers, the people of Trip.me or any other person in all of your beautiful country incredibly friendly was!
Laura did a fantastic job. Our trip to Colombia worked out perfectly. All services on time + punctual. GREAT! WELL DONE!