We found a bus marked "Terminal" and asked the driver if he was going to the main Bogota bus terminal. It's located relatively close to the Bogota airport, so that would be ideal. And he was...so we hopped on.
It cost 7,000 pesos ($3.15 CAD) each for the almost two hour bus ride to the Bogota bus terminal. Two hours to go 57 kms (35 miles)!
Why? Because Bogota traffic is not fun!
From the bus terminal, it's only about 8 kms (5 miles) to the airport which is located pretty much in the city. We figured they might have a bus from the terminal to the airport, but the girl at the info desk said no, it would be much easier to simply take a taxi.
Okay, taxis are cheap.
But then at the terminal you have to stand in line to get an "authorized" taxi, and there's an extra 1,500 peso fee for that, and there's an extra 3,000 peso fee for any airport service.
So our ride to the airport was 13,500 pesos ($6.00 CAD)...which is still pretty cheap!
Our flight wasn't scheduled to leave until 9:45pm, so we had lots of time to waste. But, we usually find that time goes quickly waiting in an airport. Plus, I had read that the Bogota airport has free wifi, so we could do some catching up on computer stuff.
But the Bogota airport is a zoo. It serves a city of 8 million people, and Colombia has a lot of inexpensive domestic flights so a lot of people prefer flying locally as opposed to taking long bus rides. What a busy airport! And because there are different gate sections, we couldn't go through security until our gate was assigned which wouldn't be until 6:00pm or so.
And yes...they have free wifi. But it can't handle the thousands of people all trying to use it at the same time. Note to anyone who says they supply free wifi...there is no point in having free wifi if it doesn't work!!!
So, that three hours kind of dragged. We did go have a meal in the food court. Expensive airport food, and it cost 50,000 pesos ($22.50 CAD) for the two of us but it was not a bad meal.
Once we got through security, things improved!
Now, shouldn't all airports have seating like this??
When I booked the flights two weeks or so ago, the system would not let me choose seating. It was a special promotional fare from Copa Airlines (based in Panama but they do a lot of flights between North and South America) priced at 70,000 pesos ($31.50 CAD) each.
For that price, I don't care where we're sitting!
When I did the online check in yesterday morning, there were quite a few seats available and I saw that seats 1A and 1B were empty. I thought that was a little strange, but clicked them anyhow expecting to be brought to a page where you pay extra for upgrade. But no...it let me reserve the seats.
So when we got on the plane and saw that we really were seated in Business Class...we were pretty surprised!
Ruth and Kevin. Flying in style in big comfy seats with lots of legroom!
I have no idea why we were allowed to book these seats. All I can think is that I had signed up last summer for Copa's frequent flyer program when there was a promotional thing going on to get free miles. I figured that someday we might fly with Copa, so why not? Anyhow, I've read that sometimes Copa gives their frequent flyers free promotional upgrades...so maybe that's what happened?
No idea, but it sure was a pleasant surprise!
Arrived in Medellin at 10:45 pm. We're familiar with the procedure because this is where we arrived when we first got to Colombia at the end of October. So we hopped on the bus and paid the 9,000 pesos ($4.05 CAD) each to take us into the city of Medellin.
This time, we knew to get off the bus closer to Andrea's house. There was a line up of taxis waiting and it was 10,000 pesos ($4.50 CAD) for the taxi to Andrea's. This is the same couchsurfing host that we stayed with at the beginning of our Colombia trip. Her boyfriend Herber is away in the north for his work.
It was midnight by the time we knocked on Andrea's door but she knew we were going to be late. Everyone was tired, and so we called it a night right away.
Andrea is working today and so I think we'll just have a day of rest. Maybe go down to the big grocery store and make Andrea dinner when she gets home.
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