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Mar 28th, 2018, 10:55 PM
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Really enjoyed our few days in Jardin. I would head back there in instant. So much to see and do both in and around the town. Enjoy!
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Mar 29th, 2018, 03:22 AM
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Thanks. Just read that there was massive flooding in Medellin a few days ago..perhaps why I scored the seats? Now toying with flying to San Andres for the first half of the trip. Did you try Viva?
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Mar 29th, 2018, 08:29 AM
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Given its location in a valley surrounded by mountains, I imagine floods in Medellin, would be pretty horrendous! Didn’t go to San Andres but did use Viva maybe 6 or 7 times. Older planes but a pretty good service. On time except for once when everything was grounded in for a few hours Cartagena because of a storm. Being part owned by Ryanair, you pay for everything. Given The totally disregard for any form of queue, it is worth paying for priority boarding.
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Mar 29th, 2018, 04:27 PM
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Thanks for the info. I have observed the general queing chaos in local airports from my last trip. So would definitely buy that. I gather if you are not sure you have access to a printer you also need to pay for the boarding pass at airport? And then there is the luggage thing.

After reading about San Andres and looking at hotel prices and photos I'm not at all sure if I will escape there. Will have to explore what else can be reached easily from MDE.
Still hope to get to Jardin for my one Saturday. Did you have a favorite lodging there?

Just gone for 2 weeks and the first 2 days are basically lost to travel.
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Mar 30th, 2018, 12:38 AM
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Yes they follow the Ryanair model - charge for everything they possibly can including collecting boarding passes at airports. We manage to get all printed at Hostals.

Re queuing. The classic ploy used by many Colombian ladies is when they call for children to board first, the was usually a surge to the front to "adopt" a child standin there. Heard more than one parent yelling "get your hands off my kid" . Hilarious to watch.

In Jardin we ended up at Hotel Valdivia Plaza. Unsurprising it was right on the plaza ( bottom right corner) with great views and a few balconies with which to enjoy them. The rooms were typical and the layout was the usual colonial central courtyard house i.e. noisy at night. It was a toss up between there and the place at the bottom left corner of the Plaza which was very similar. Evenings in the plaza are great fun a the cowboys (and girls) arrive on there Paso horses.
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Mar 30th, 2018, 04:09 AM
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Thanks again.

LOL re get your hands off my kid.

They don't seem to honor the old people Peru...

Maybe I should travel with a cane!

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May 11th, 2018, 06:27 PM
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I am here in Jardín now and LOVE it. I can see why you were charmed by it crellston. Thanks for blogging about it. The BEST Cock-of-the-rock show which you can visit without a guide. Afternoon hours 4 to 5:30 although thanks to my SIM card which worked (!) she let us in at 3pm.

The town square is something special with the local color ( furniture and people both). And great coffee shops. Have seen a few of those amazing horses prancing through also. Friendly locals.

Weather is not too too bad rains every day, but then it stops.

Colombia is deserving of lots more visits.
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May 12th, 2018, 05:40 AM
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So glad you’re enjoying Jardin,! Glad those cocks of the rock are still around and easy to see nearby. Couldn’t agree more about Colombia!
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May 12th, 2018, 07:18 AM
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Glad you are enjoying Jardin mlgb. Wish I was there....!
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May 22nd, 2018, 08:58 AM
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Okay, so now I'm really back! Just a 10-day stay with Jardin in the middle of Medellin. Despite going through FLL I made my return connection, but barely. I guess a fair number of people missed the flight, and I had the entire row (back of plane) to stretch out on..Spirit Airlines seats relatively more comfortable than the rock-hard bed the night before in Medellin!

I'll post a separate report. Maybe!

For glover.. I wound up with 15 world "lifers" including two in Florida (Everglades Snail Kite and Prairie Warbler). In Colombia I used a young local guide (Diego Guerrero) from Jardin to go to Ventanas and around town for one day and wound up with 10 new "seen" and a few heard only. The most satisfying were good looks at Tanager Finch , Black-Collared Jay that I spotted first, and an adorable Rufous-Breasted Chat-Tyrant. We did see distant Yellow-eared Parrots overhead and several 'heard' birds that refused to reveal..including Ocellated Tapaculo. Very lucky to have clear morning to see the parrots although fog descended later up at the higher elevation.

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