Please hold purchasing your airline ticket until six (6) weeks prior to departure date. Natural disasters, political changes, weather conditions and a range of other factors may require the cancelation of a field school. The IFR typically takes a close look at local conditions 6-7 weeks prior to program beginning and make Go/No Go decisions by then. Such a time frame still allows purchase of discounted airline tickets while protecting students from potential loss of airline ticket costs if we decide to cancel a program.
Traveling to Providence Island requires careful planning. Students can fly through Bogotá or Panama City. We recommend Panama City because the flights are generally less expensive than going to Bogotá. The Panama City Airport is a modern, well-appointed facility and the hub for Copa Airlines. From either Bogotá or Panama City students will need to fly to San Andrés Island (Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport – ADZ) in Colombia. Getting to this point is very straightforward and can be booked through any of the major travel websites.
Students can then either fly to El Embujo Airport (PVA) or take a boat from San Andrés Island to Providence Island, which is best booked with the assistance of Enilda Chamorro, owner of Posada Enilda (www.hotelposadaenilda.com) because the local travel websites often do not work. Ms. Chamorro can be reached via phone (+57-3208552912) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). You will need to contact Ms. Chamorro and relay your travel needs and supply credit or debit card information to her. She will then book your travel and send you the conformation paperwork via email.
SATENA (www.satena.com) and Decameron (www.decameron.com) airlines both fly twice daily and the flight takes 20 minutes, and a catamaran service by Conocemos Navegando (https://en.conocemosnavegando.com/home) sails early in the morning from San Andrés five times a week: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sun. The catamaran departs San Andrés at 8:00am and travel time is 3.5 hours; return trips to San Andrés depart at 2:30pm. If students need to spend the night in San Andrés, which is a modern tourist resort, we recommend the Hotel Casablanca (www.hotelcasablancasanandres.com), which is located on the beach.
Project staff will meet students either at the Providence Island airport or catamaran seaport.
All persons entering Colombia are assessed a fee of USD $40 or its equivalent in Colombian Pesos (COP) in addition to the airfare or boat fare. The point of paying this fee may vary based on the students’ entry into the country. Students are not assessed this fee when leaving Providence Island.
If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email project director immediately. A local emergency cell phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.