Recommended stop on the way to Cali
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Aug 19, 2012 5:52 AM Last Post By: DBoisclair
Aug 18, 2012 3:09 PM
Recommended stop on the way to CaliHi there
In Bogota and heading by bus for Cali on Monday. It looks to be quite a long trip so thinking of spending two nights at a small town along the way. Any recommendations? The LP mentions several but talks about recent earthquake damage and doesn’t paint a very pretty picture.
Also would appreciate any recent firsthand knowledge of the bus trip - IE how long and recommended bus lines?
Aug 18, 2012 4:19 PM
1Salento would be an ideal place for a two day stopover. It's a pretty straightforward trip; simply take a bus from Bogota to Armenia and catch the bus going to Salento from the terminal in Armenia (I think they leave about every 30 min). From Armenia to Salento it should be about 30 min. Armenia was heavily damaged by an earthquake years ago, however this should be the least of your worries. The Bogota-Armenia trip takes about 9-11 hours depending on road conditions. I would definitely recommend Bolivariano for such long trips. They are a bit more expensive, but they go direct and the buses are quite comfortable. Good luck!
Aug 18, 2012 6:02 PM
2Thanks very much for quick reply. On a different note - do you know how long the bus ride is to Medellin? We go there first if it's a one-day trip.
Aug 18, 2012 6:26 PM
3Agree that Salento is nice. Not sure how long it takes to get to Medellin but I really liked it and preferred it to Cali.
Aug 18, 2012 10:10 PM
4The bus ride to Medellin can be done in about a day. It is a few hours longer, but it is possible. Disregard #4's post. Last time I checked Salento is lacking in aviation facilities, so flying is out of the question. The only "security" issues you may have are the erratic driving practices of Colombian motorists.
Aug 19, 2012 5:52 AM
5Thanks for all you input. I know how frustrating it is when people post questions without researching things first or really knowing what they want to do. Unfortunately, we’ve fallen into that category. It’s been at least six years since we’ve traveled this way and we’re still getting our bearings. Plus, as much as we’d like to, we’re not up to 9+ hour bus rides anymore - we’ll have to break it up into more manageable chunks.
Last night we scoured our books and we’ve decided we’re going to take the advice given to us in another thread and skip Cali to have more time in Medellin. We’re leaving on the bus tomorrow for Villa De Levya and we plan on staying there at least three nights. From there we’ll continue on to Medellin but we may have to make it a two-day run if it‘s too long.
If anyone has info/advice on the trip from Villa De Leyva to Medellin we’d love to hear from you.
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