Hello everyone. Again in Colombia, it's another oportunity to make some great reports. Unfortunately my phone was lost the first day in Bogota, so I lost my pictures from the flights Barcelona-Istanbul-Bogota (TK1856+TK800). Anycase if you are interested in these FR, last year I made the same flights and you can watch them. I made flight TK800, with the same plane as the last year, TC-JNC, which had been recently equipped with the new cabin and looks much better now. Pasta was offered in both flights and the service was quite good. Crew offering hot towels, water and the amenity kit in economy class on the long flight (IST-BOG).
But let's forget about that. During a few days I was sent to the Colombian Amazonas, a very remote area which, during the war, was very complicated because of the violence. Guaviare region, which is located in the southern part of the country and it's capital, San José it's about 9-10 hours by bus from Bogota (you also can go by plane) is quite unaccessible because of it's remote position. The southern part of the area is mostly covered by the jungle and the only way to access is by plane or by boat. The planes used for these flights are the old DC-3. Yes, it's 2018 and they're still flying after more than 80 years in the air. As I've been sent there to work a few days, I had the opportunity to travel with this "Jeep of the air" to this remote area of the country, so here it goes my experience, which is quite different as the "normal" flights that we are used to. The day before the flight, me and one member of the organization went to the airport to buy the tickets. From San Jose there are flights to Miraflores on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Normally 3 flights everyday, but it depends on the demmand and the weather conditions. Two operators are "fighting" to sell their tickets. Finally I choosed the one called AeroVaupés, which is also operating flights to the region of Vaupés like Karurú or Mitú, the capital. The flight price is about 60€, but you have to pay airport taxes in some regions of the country. Guaviare is one of them.
The day of the flight arrived and I went to the airport at about 9:30 after a short walk from our house. The airport is very small and it's located in the center of the city, so from everywhere in San José you can hear planes. The STD is more or less 10AM but it's always changing and they don't have any official timetable. I left my bad at the Check In counter of Aerovaupés and I sat and waited until my flight leaves. Finally delay was about 3 hours but here is very normal. The main reason was the weather conditions in Miraflores. During the morning it rained so the "runway" (you will see it later) was out of service.
Some nice russian planes here.
People is watching the TV at the terminal
It was around one o'clock in the afternoon when boarding started. First we went sent to pre-boarding area. The workers are calling people with their names, no speakers also. There the police makes a security check, so there are no x-ray machines. Then we waited a few minutes, we were given some ear-plugs and soon they called for boarding. A guy was in the front and we went straight to our DC-3 which was waiting at the parking position. Walk is very short. I was wondering "I'm really gonna fly with that?" Once we entered the plane we had to choose a seat. As I was one of the first on the queque I choosed a seat in the front part.
I took the second seat in the front, here's the view.
And cabin view. It's a mixed plane which is carrying passengers and weight to the region.
The safety demonstration was a guy who said "Abróchense los cinturones"-Fasten your seat belts! Nothing more. Quite fun at all! Then the captain started the old engines, noise was crazy!
There we go then, taxiing to the runway
And take off I'm really flying on a DC-3!
Climbing was very slowly. Inside the clouds the plane was quite unstable, but bumps were'nt serious, even on a A320 you don't feel them like here. We head to the south and landscapes were getting greener and greener. We're going to the middle of Amazonas.
No cabin crew on board, of course. Also no service. But it's enough to take a look at the window, even you have to turn the head nearly 180 degrees.
You don't feel the start of the descent, you just notice it when you across the clouds again. Flight is not very long.
And down here we have Miraflores, our final destination. The runway is in the middle of the town.
Almost a 180 degrees turn to head with the runway. We're gonna land soon.
Landing wasn't very smooth, we touched the ground three times in the runway before the good contact. Flight time: around 40 minutes. Outside people was looking and taking pictures with their phones. At the end of the runway the plane parked. After landing I asked for a quick visit to the cockpit. "Of course, you can!" Said the captain. He also told me that we've flown an altitude of 500m, not very high today. The age of the plane was 82 years old. Crazy
One last picture of the cabin before leaving the plane.
Outside weight was being disembarked and placed next to the runway. Police officers and the army requested the Names and ID's of all the passengers and also asking the reason of the trip. After that you can take your bags which were placed next to the weight. Here there's the registration of the plane.
After I took my bags I was recieved by the colombian guy of my organisation and we took a short walk to our house. Here there are very very few cars. The following days I've been in Miraflores and also the region. To conclude I want to show you a picture of the runway and one of the flights I could see taking off a few days later.
Thank you very much for reading it, I hope you like it. I will not rate the flight because is very different as the ones we are used to. I want to excuse because of the bad quality of these pictures when focusing outside of the window. I always took pictures with my phone but now I have to use the camera, so I wasn't experienced with the quality and I didn't see the result until the end of the flight. Windows were quite dirty on all flights and I had serious problems to take good pictures. Cheers!
San José Del Guaviare - SJE
Miraflores - MFS
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