Sunday, May 19th, 2019.
“Bogota to Quito, Ecuador
Check out at the Cranky Croc and make your own way to Aeroporto Internacional El Dorado, Bogota
Fly from Bogot to Quito
Quito Airport Pick-up
From: Quito Airport To: Hostel Blue House, Quito; A Local partner will be waiting for you at the arrival gate holding a sign with your name on it.
Check In to the Blue House hostel, Quito“
It is raining, so no last trip on Monserrat. Unfortunately last Cranky Croc breakfast.
I pack my things flight ready. Then I pay, room upgrade, breakfasts, dinners, supercheap, 4 says for less than 60 eur. The lady at the reception is slave of her IT system. It is the same all over the world.
Then I call a Uber. He is there within 5 minutes. Bags in the trunk and off I go.
Airport is super modern, processes are super slow at Avianca. I wait more than an hour to drop my bag after electronic checkin. I go to Tax refund for the Northface Jacket. Super easy process. Within 10 minutes all is fixed and I get a refund on my credit card within 3 months … We’ll see.
Then security, already short in time. I have lots of pesos left. I check duty free, only overpriced shit, I get a coffee and change into USD, I will need them anyway in Ecuador. The exchange rate is suprisingly good, better than withdrawing USD.
Then I board the plane. Jam in the boarding gate. All back. No, stop, ok now. Jam. All back. No, we board the plane.
FLIGHT 10: 19.05.2019 Avianca AV111 Bogota (BOG) 13:35 – Quito (UIO) 15:18; flight time 1h43m;
Economy; checked luggage: 23 kg, 10 + 5 kg carry on; Seat 24D; Airbus A320neo; 500 star alliance bonus miles
middle seat stays free. I watch American Gods. The lady diagonally behing me doesnot like the explicit pictures.
ood thing I bought food on the airport, food in the plane sucks.
At the airport the driver is already waiting. We wait for another guy who goes with us, a german Ecuadorian. Then we go to the city. Blue House hotel seems to be a slum, everything is rotten and at least 50 years in use. At least the room is huge and quiet and clean. Shower has hot water, there is wifi.
At least it’s a Trinitron
I go with a Uber to the next shoppong mall, Santafe. There is a claro shop which is open on sundays to get a sim. english speaking people there, 4,5 usd for the sim, 10 usd for a promo for 3 gb of data. No queue, everything easy. The give me 1 usd coins for change. Never seen this before.
In the same shopping mall we find a northface shop and buy a bandana and a jacket. Then we leave and walk home. Nobody on the streets, it is not far. On the way we stop by a cuban restaurant – sunday seems to be dead day for restaurants. Food is proper, chorizo sausage is not considered as meat or pork.
Then I walk home.
Accomodation: The blue house