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// SEPTEMBER 2016
Unspoiled Beauty

 

Travelling guide, maps

To Colombia: Rough guides

To Ecuador: Nomadic matt

 

Necessary documents

For travelling to Colombia:

  • Entrance Visa: European Citizens can enter Colombia for up to 90 days as visitors without a visa at the discretion of the Colombian Immigration Officer on arrival. In any case, check the latest entry requirements.
  • Travel Documents: Passport valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Colombia.

For travelling to Ecuador:

  • Entrance Visa: European Citizens can enter Ecuador for up to 90 days as visitors without a visa. In any case, check the latest entry requirements.
  • Travel DocumentsPassport valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Ecuador.

 

Vaccines and medicines, health cards

Vaccines and medicines, health cardsinformation

If you have private insurance make sure that you have taken with you the number of your contract along with the phone number of your insurance agent.

 

Air tickets – comfortable seats

We traveled with Lufthansa.

Our journey to Bogota was done through Athens and Frankfurt.
Our return journey from Quito was done through Houston and Frankfurt 

 

Where to stay (hotels)

16nth of September Athens
Apartments Tina

Sympathetic apartment, with kitchen that had no equipment at all, though. Its only advantage the transport services to and from the airport and its short distance from it too.

 

17nth of September Bogota
Hotel de la Opera

Wonderful hotel in the heart of the old city, very near Bolivar Square. Big rooms, functional, good wifi and excellent breakfast

 

18nth of September Bogota
Hotel de la Opera

Wonderful hotel in the heart of the old city, very near Bolivar Square. Big rooms, functional, good wifi and excellent breakfast

 

19th of September Cartagena
Casa India Catalina

Beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of the old city. Large rooms, atmospheric, functional, good wifi, not so very good breakfast
 


20th of September Cartagena
Casa India Catalina

eautiful boutique hotel in the heart of the old city. Large rooms, atmospheric, functional, good wifi, not so very good breakfast 

 

21st of September Otavalo
Hostal Riviera Sucre

Nice hostel with internal yard. Spacious rooms, functional, problematic wifi, sympathetic breakfast.

 

22nd of September Quito
Hotel Real Audiencia

In the heart of the historic center (large rooms, functional, good wifi, sympathetic breakfast) with parking and very helpful and efficient personnel, especially at the reception 

 

23rd of September Cotopaxi National Park
Hacienda Santa Ana

An old monastery transformed to an excellent hotel. Very good food, great public spaces with wifi and a very friendly and willing to help personnel

 

24rth of September Alausi 
Hostal Gampala

Sympathetic hotel in the centre of the city. Large rooms, functional, good wifi, sympathetic breakfast

 

25th of September Cuenca
Hotel Boutique Santa Lucia

Excellent hotel. Beautiful rooms, functional, good wifi, beautiful public spaces, excellent breakfast

 

26th of September Guayaquil
Hotel Ramada

A descent hotel, very near the jetty of River Guaya. Large rooms, functional, good wifi, breakfast with large variety

 

Transport (rental car ...or other)

Rental Car

In Bogota: We rent our car from the car rental company Localiza
In Quito: We rent our car from Avis

Transport-Roads

The roads of Colombia around the capital Bogota are in a very good condition

The roads of Ecuador are in a very good condition

Petrol Prices

The petrol price in Colombia: You may check prices here.

The petrol price in Ecuador: You may check prices here.

 

Climate- weather (luggage)

Best Season

The best season  for a journey to Colombia
The best season  for a journey to Ecuador

 

Proper clothing

Prefer light clothes that can be worn in layers and comfortable flat shoes
Bath suits, summer clothes, hands and sunscreens for Cartagena

You will definitely need waterproof and windproof jackets.

If you travel with rental car things are much easier, since you have your luggage with you all along.  

 

Foreign exchange

The best solutions for exchanging money are the ATM if you are prepared, of course, to pay the required commission. Credit cards are used in all the hotels.

Equivalence euro- Colombian Peso is:

1 EUR = 3,377.07 COP
You may check prices here.

Equivalence euro- USD (Ecuador’s formal currency is the USD) is:

1 EUR = 1.17544 USD
You may check prices here.

 

Contacting your Embassy

You must always have with you detailed information, as far as contacting the Embassy of your own country.

Travel insurance

We always have travel insurance before each journey with Mondial Assistance which offers support and assistance to travellers all over the world, through my friend Antonia at Alphaplan Travel Services 

 

Roaming – time difference

TIME ZONE

International Time Zone

 

Travelling instructions issued by USA, Great Britain and Australia

 

Country: Colombia
Date: 2016
Route: Colombia-Ecuador
Cities: Thessaloniki, Bogotá, Bogotá, Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Quito, Otavalo, Laguna de Limpiopungu, Sigchos, Laguna de Quilitoa, Latacunga, Alausi, Sibambe, Alausi, Cuenca, Guayaquil
Duration: 10
Difficulty:
Population: 49.473.456
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Country: Colombia
Date: 2016
Route: Colombia-Ecuador
Cities: Thessaloniki, Bogotá, Bogotá, Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Quito, Otavalo, Laguna de Limpiopungu, Sigchos, Laguna de Quilitoa, Latacunga, Alausi, Sibambe, Alausi, Cuenca, Guayaquil
Duration: 10
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Population: 49.473.456
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Country: Colombia
Date: 2016
Route: Colombia-Ecuador
Cities: Thessaloniki, Bogotá, Bogotá, Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Quito, Otavalo, Laguna de Limpiopungu, Sigchos, Laguna de Quilitoa, Latacunga, Alausi, Sibambe, Alausi, Cuenca, Guayaquil
Duration: 10 days
Difficulty:
Population: 49.473.456
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