Early Morning Flight From Medellin to Barranquilla.
To start the morning off I let the gate keeper to my apartment complex persuade me to take a taxi to the San Diego Centro Commercial where I was to catch the bus to the airport. Even though I had plenty of time before my flight, he was sure that it was important so I let him call me a cab. It cost 5,000 pesos (3 USD) more than the metro would have and I still would have likely caught a cab the rest of the way.
The taxi driver arrived within minutes and took me to San Diego, but at 4:30AM wasn’t overly friendly. I tried to get him to drop me off at the bus pickup but he didn’t seem to understand or be interested in trying to. Instead, he dropped me off where the “group” taxis are. While I was trying to find out if the bus down the road was the airport bus, it took off and drove right past us. It WAS the airport bus. So it was either take the taxi or wait for the next bus. I jumped into a packed taxi and we were off. On the bright side the taxi takes about half the time of the bus and only cost 13,000 pesos. The bus is 8,000.
Tickets, baggage, and security were all a breeze. The girl at Dunkin Donuts seemed to have a hard time understanding that I wanted the sausage, egg, and cheese croissant from the picture but the manager finally told her to give me one with EVERYTHING and the crises was averted. They did grill my croissant in one of those compression grills, flattening the fluffy dough but it was still scrumdidiliumptious.
Returning to Medellin from Barranquilla
Returning was as simple as the first trip. The Barranquilla Airport (BAQ) was straight forward. The ticket girl laughed at my horrible spanish and switched to english. Security was quick and easy taking all of about 3 minutes. I even got a pretty good omelet wrap.
I decided to take the bus from MDE to Medellin. There was a long line and I had to wait for the third bus, which only took about 15 minutes. The bus was clean and relatively comfortable. They did not allow more people than they had seats for, which was nice. In general I thought it was a good deal for 8,000 pesos (about $5 USD). It did, however, take over an hour for me to get back into town and stops increased in occurrence as we neared the center of Medellin. We eventually stopped near the Parque Barrio metro station and I decided to take the subway the rest of the way. I wasn’t sure if they’d allow me on with my luggage, but nobody seemed to care.
Final Notes on my travel from Medellin to Barranquilla
Both Airports were clean and efficient. I was especially impressed with Avianca’s professional service and comfortable seating, which gave more legroom than most airlines in standard class. The Airport shuttle bus was comfortable and clean, but too slow for my tastes. The shared taxis, also known as collectivos, were less comfortable and cost about 5000 pesos (3 USD) more but is definitely the better option for me.
I have about 2000 pictures from Barranquilla to go through before sharing that awesome experience with you, but I’m working on it right now!