I was gonna send a card and letter to my sweetie in Armenia. Will it get there if I send it USPS or do y'all recommend something better? Man, I miss that broasted chicken and fried plantains. Thanks for the answers here they are really very helpful.

Posted on February 21, 2008


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It should get there, especially if you tuck the envelope flap in, instead of sealing the envelope, so that it can easily be inspected and be seen that there is no money in it. Allow 3-6 weeks.

For guaranteed delivery in just a few days, go with FedEx or DHL, but it can cost quite a bit more, and you should still tuck the envelope flap in instead of sealing the envelope.

Posted on February 21, 2008


I haven't had any problems mailing letters and gifts from B'ham to Barranquilla using USPS. Includes cell phone, bluetooth headset, Hershey's Kisses, toys and necklace. Rate for a letter is 90¢. Can't beat that! Priority mail for packages gains usually only a day or two but does provide a tracking number, although that will probably be useless information once it's left the States. Delivery time to 'quilla, which may be only vaguely related to delivery time to Armenia has almost always been under two weeks. Many packages, all arriving safely and intact, without the ridiculous expense of UPS and FedEx. Good luck :)

Posted on February 21, 2008


I've sent letters from Chicago to Medellin via USPS and it's taken, on average, about 30 days to deliver. Why pay UPS/FedEX rates for a letter? Try email, it gets there in two seconds, tops.

Posted on February 21, 2008


Send it Regular mail to Servientrega here in Miami and let them resend it for you. Guarenteed service door to door in 2-3 days at a fraction of the cost of Fed-X, DHL. Extremely reliable.

Posted on February 21, 2008


Thanks for the replies. Lot of good advice.

Posted on February 21, 2008


Medellin Traveler says:
"Try email, it gets there in two seconds, tops"

True, true! But sometimes email isn't quite what's called for! Se valen mucho los detalles, and a pretty card beats an email by a mile ;)

Posted on February 21, 2008


I mailed a Christmas card from Atlanta to Medellin last November and it never got there.

Posted on February 21, 2008


"regular mail" rarely works in Colombia. Where would one go to pick up "regular mail" in Colombia? I think Miamimike is onto to something. Fedex is way too expensive to send to rural Canada, but getting your mail into the hands on Servientrega stateside seems like a good idea. I wonder if it is possible to do that in the reverse direction? From Colombia, use Servientrega to send to Miami and get them to drop the mail into a USPS box (provided one already had US stamps on their envelopes).

Posted on February 21, 2008


Here's a few tips when sending mail to Medellin...

1. Send the package/letter to the persons place of employement, or family/friend's, instead of their home.

2. Write down the person's phone number under the address. If the postal worker has trouble with the address, they can phone the recipient and ask for directions.

Good luck!

Posted on February 21, 2008


or...

3.Why not send her flowers with a card by calling a local florist, who you can express all your love to the florist, regarding your novia, afterwards, she can write it all down for you in a card and have it delivered to her with flowers. This will definitely make a great lasting impression which your novia will not forget, nor will her family, friends, and neighbors.

Posted on February 21, 2008


guacharaca says on Friday February 22nd, 2008 8:47:

"regular mail" rarely works in Colombia. Where would one go to pick up "regular mail" in Colombia? I think Miamimike is onto to something. Fedex is way too expensive to send to rural Canada, but getting your mail into the hands on Servientrega stateside seems like a good idea. I wonder if it is possible to do that in the reverse direction? From Colombia, use Servientrega to send to Miami and get them to drop the mail into a USPS box (provided one already had US stamps on their envelopes).

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Guacharaca--I know I am on to something. I have been doing this since 1995 and made the same errors some of these posters are making now. And Paying Big Bucks to do it. Sad,,,Avianca Air express, next door Servientrega's Hialeah (miami) location is another option, albeit more expensive for a lesser service. I have another colombian Service I am going to pos here next week. Not as big as Servi'a but every bit as Fast, cheap and reliable. For a few Dollars more, for Good Private carriers, why even fool around with Slow, inefficient and unreliable Colombiaa Postal Service??

Posted on February 21, 2008


MT has some good advice. I always have things sent to my friends employment and always tell whoever is sending it to include a phone number right in the address.

Miamimike, it's just a few dollars more?? 3 dollars more than usps?

Posted on February 21, 2008


I had numerous letters and packages sent to me by regular Canadian mail. Airmail actually. Everything got here even my cigars from Cuba. What they did was leave a card under my door. I had to go into Medellin to the main post office there. I didn't know it but often the small towns like the one I lived in had kind of postal outlets. I sent some really nice post cards from Canada myself to Bogota and had no problem. The good thing about sending things to where a person is employed is that someone is there all the time. My postal guy would show up riding a bicycle. Pretty funny really.

Posted on February 21, 2008


I am looking for a low cost alternative to FedEx or DHL. I couldn't find an English version of the Servientrega website. Seems I recall the first pound costing about $30 with FedEx.

Any suggestions?

Posted on February 21, 2008


You can try the government type post office here as an alternative,but they are Spanish as well, you can check them out :

http://www.4-72.com.co/

Posted on February 21, 2008