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This the first content post about traveling in Colombia. The airplane ride to Bogota was rather uneventful trip on December 27, 2018. It was a reasonably pleasant use of slightly in excess of three hours in Avianca's good hands.

El Dorado airport is a large building and very busy at all hours of the day and night. Our arrival at about 10 P.M. was no exception, but we navigated through immigration and customs without a hitch. We then started looking for my wife's friends, which took about 20 or 30 minutes. Upon finding them we all commenced the trek to the parking lot to find the car. After finding the car our friend, the driver, began a 20 minute process of finding a way out of the parking lot and joining the traffic of a bustling city of about 14 million inhabitants. So we were out of the airport and were off to our eventual destination, Guaduas, Colombia, a much smaller city of about 30,000 inhabitants.

The trip to Guaduas from Bogota covers about 71 miles or about 122 kilometers north and down from almost 9000 feet to a more balmy 3900 feet. The temperature in Bogota is cool at night in December and the drive to Guaduas while long was somewhat nice due to slightly warmer temperature.

The drive is not for the faint of heart as the road is very busy with cars, motorbikes, and trucks. It is full of twists and turns and small towns much of the way to Guaduas. After an uneventful drive from Bogota we arrived at our destination, the hotel San Cristobal at about two A.M. in time to collapse into bed and fall asleep. Tomorrow we can explore some familiar places in the town and seek a restaurant for sustenance.

I will try to post again by Monday and hopefully weekly thereafter to encourage future travelers to Colombia.

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