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Travel and Accommodations


The SPE Heavy and Extra Heavy Oil Conference: Latin America will be held at:

Hotel Intercontinental Medellín
Address: Calle 16 #28-51, Variante las Palmas, Medellín, C007-06, Colombia
Telephone: +57-4-3194450
This is an IHG® Green Engage Hotel

SPE has appointed GEMA TOURS as the official Destination Management Company in Colombia. To make your housing and transfer reservation click on http://www.gematours.com/eventos/spe2014 or contact Ivonne Carleo by email at ivonnecarleo@gematours.com or by telephone at (+57- 4)312-0180.

About Medellín

Colombia’s  second largest city, Medellín, is a vast city built north to south in the Aburrá valley and surrounded on either side by majestic mountain ranges.

Known for its warm and friendly people, year-round spring-like weather, and gorgeous flowers and mountains, Medellín attracts like a magnet. In August, Medellín is known as the “city of eternal spring”, with eye-popping blooms on balconies, terraces, gardens, and billboards flooded with flowers, mark the beginning of the famous flower fair.

As a city with a great food, commercial, and tourist offerings, it provides countless opportunities for leisure vacations and business travel.

Useful Information

Climate: Temperature ranges between 18° and 28° C (64° F and 82.4° F)
Altitude: 1,475 meters (4,839 feet) above sea level
Medical Services: Emergency number: 123
Airport: José María Córdoba International Airport
Places of Interest: View places of interest and activities, including Plaza Botero, where sculptor Fernando Botero exhibits his work.
Currency: The official currency of Colombia is the peso ($)

(Information and Photography Source: Colombia Tourism, Foreign Investment and Export Promotion Official Travel Guide)

Travel Safety Tips

When traveling, as in any major city, take certain precautions whether you are traveling or exploring the city. Following are some general travel tips:

  • Lock up your valuables. Hotels provide safety deposit boxes in their rooms. It’s recommended that jewelry, airline tickets, money, and any important documents be stored in the hotel safe.
  • Remember your adapters.
  • Try not to use mobile telephones in the street and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep cameras and video recorders out of plain sight. Avoid wearing excessive jewelry, carrying any valuables, or large amounts of cash.
  • Use credit cards where possible. Your wallet should contain your ID, credit cards, and a minimal amount of cash.
  • Withdraw cash from ATMs that are inside your hotel, banks or commercial centers.
  • Notify hotel management as soon as possible in the event of a lost or stolen room key card.
  • Travel in a group and plan your itinerary before leaving the hotel to ensure you make it to your destination smoothly. If you get lost, call a taxi to take you to your destination. Your hotel can recommend a reputable taxi company.
  • Keep an eye on your luggage.
  • Exchange currency in shops or at the hotel’s front desk.
  • Pack casual light clothes.
  • Bring a light jacket or sweater because some buildings and restaurants can be a little cool with the air conditioner.
  • Tip extra if you want to. Restaurants and hotel tips are 10–15%.

Visa Information

Attendees from countries that require a Colombian visa for entry are reminded that the process of obtaining a visa involves additional planning. Create an official SPE invitation letter (link to new page with the below info) that you can print and use in obtaining a visa. Please note that this letter does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SPE to assist you in obtaining a visa.

Official Invitation Letter

IMPORTANT: It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to Colombia. This letter does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SPE to assist you in obtaining a visa. SPE will not pay any expenses incurred by you. We cannot send the letter to the embassy or consulate for you, nor can SPE contact the embassy or consulate on your behalf.