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[Photos] Chartering one's own DC3 VVC to LMC - Caño Cristales

[Photos] Chartering one's own DC3 VVC to LMC - Caño Cristales

Old Jul 16, 12, 9:28 pm
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[Photos] Chartering one's own DC3 VVC to LMC - Caño Cristales

Yay trip report! OK a couple of new airport codes to learn. VVC is Villavicencio Vanguardia and LMC is La Macarena airport. Both airports are located in Colombia's vast plains.

Why would you go to La Macarena? Well it is home to the world's most beautiful river (Caño Cristales) Apart from that you probably wouldn't go, La Macarena village is also considered to be in the "Red Zone," i.e. somwhere which is still a little bit of a guerilla stronghold.

There is only one scheduled flight to La Macarena each week, it is with Colombia's Satena and arrives and departs on a Sunday. If you want to go say for a cheeky weekend, well that's where the fun begins because you have to charter an aeroplane. In this case, a DC3

The photo trip report bit...

The aeroplane

OK this is our shiny bird, HK3037 operated by Aerolineas Llaneras. Surprisingly not part of any major alliance, in fact it doesn't even have an FF programme.



Boarding at the rear via the built in step



One last check under the wing and then it's time to go



Cabin comfort

Uncool! The 11 abreast sideways configuration meant that there were an unprecedented 9 middle seats. On the upside everyone got a window seat and there was bags of space left for a motorbike and some cardboard boxes.



In Flight Entertainment - Also not great, there was only 1 newspaper to go around between 13 people and the captain had first dibs on it.



Obligatory legroom shot - See plenty of space to stretch ones legs before kicking the motorbike over



Snack service - This is the FA handing out crackers, a juice box and chewing gum. So about the same as a LAN domestic flight



Arrival in La Macarena

The baggage handlers turned up on time



And quickly set about the orderly emptying of luggage and freight



To celebrate a successful landing, some members of the group were invited to do a little dance on the wing with the first officer



But wait, no time for dancing, the luggage has arrived at the carousel.

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Old Jul 16, 12, 11:29 pm
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Brilliant - funniest report I've seen in a long time.
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Old Jul 16, 12, 11:56 pm
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Brilliant report! Awesome pictures. I would love to see pictures of the return!
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Old Jul 17, 12, 6:36 am
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Thanks for sharing!
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Fantastic!
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Old Jul 17, 12, 7:43 am
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Worth reading!

Now this is a TR without Champagne and caviar that is worth reading.

Great TR!

That DC3 is a beauty!
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Old Jul 17, 12, 8:13 am
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Originally Posted by carvalh2 View Post
Brilliant report! Awesome pictures. I would love to see pictures of the return!
The return was less photogenic as the group got ferried back to Villavicencio in a small convoy of Cessnas through a Colombian storm.

I didn't add photos of the destination yet though so here is that multicoloured river











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Old Jul 17, 12, 4:36 pm
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Absolutely excellent TR and pictures! Thank you for sharing.

This video shows some more Colombian DC3s

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/...305049621.html
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Absolutely brilliant TR !!! Thanks a lot !!!
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A REAL TREAT......lot more interesting than those pics of lie flat beds, lounges and meals.

Envy you.......When where is your next great trip....would like to join up.
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I have a couple more shiny plane pics



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Old Jul 17, 12, 6:00 pm
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Thanks for all your kind comments, I figured it would make a great photo trip report, but then when I saw that one of the baggage handlers was a horse I thought "wow... Flyertalk gold"

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Envy you.......When where is your next great trip....would like to join up.
Hey every trip in Colombia is a great trip and you are welcome to join us. Caño Cristales is seasonal July to December so hopefully we will get down there a few more times before the year end. Next one pencilled in is the second weekend of September.
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Originally Posted by Circumknowitall View Post
Absolutely excellent TR and pictures! Thank you for sharing.

This video shows some more Colombian DC3s

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/...305049621.html
That video wouldn't load for me, but there is some nice DC3 footage at VVC in this video, including HK3037 herself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjGyc...feature=relmfu
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WOW Yes a very different trip report than the normal!!
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