There was about six of us all on the same flights from Quito to Barranquilla, so the original plan was to meet up at about 06:00 and head off for the airport, but our first flight was delayed, so we left the hotel at about 06:45. The traffic hadn’t started to pick up yet, so it only took about 30 minutes to get there.
Once checked in and through security it was just a case of waiting for our plane to arrive. We were originally meant to be delayed by about 1 hour, but it ended up a little longer.
The flight from Quito to Bogota took a little over an hour and was pretty straight forward. There was some turbulence at the start, but nothing too bad. More like a roller-coaster really.
We landed at Bogota and had to get out through international security and then in through domestic security in zero minutes. It was a bit of a panic, but fortunately the security lines moved quickly and we made it. There was some running involved, which must have been a right sight. We got to the check-in desk and got on to the plane, only to find it was delayed while they waited for a football team arrive, so we didn’t have to rush after all. Once they were on there was a delay loading their luggage. I can’t remember how long we were delaying in total, mostly sitting in the plane, but it didn’t matter. We made our connection. Once we got under way it was a pretty easy 90 minute flight between Bogota and Barranquilla.
The first thing you notice in Barranquilla is the humidity! The airport is under construction, so we had to take a bus round the new bits and pick up our bags from a hut. 🙂 I took a taxi with Pablo and Gustavo, as we were in the same hotel, and that was it for the journey.
To summarise, some delays, some panics, but we got there! 🙂
I did a quick stop at the hotel gym, mostly to do some stretching. Sitting on planes is not the best thing for your spine. A little later a group of us met up to get some food, then it was back to the hotel to sleep, ready for the next conference in the tour…