Travel Diary: "Wheels Up" With Secretary Clinton to Latin America and the Caribbean

June 7, 2010

Interactive Travel Map|Text the Secretary|Trip PageAbout the Author: Arturo A. Valenzuela serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Blogging from 30,000+ feet is the only way to go.

I am with Secretary Clinton and the rest of the traveling party en route to Lima, Peru, the first stop on a four nation visit to Latin America and the Caribbean. This is the latest in a series of trips to Latin America the Secretary has made since taking office, reestablishing the strength of the U.S. partnership with our neighbors in the Americas. The great part is that we waste no time while traveling: the Secretary's U.S. Air Force Boeing 757 functions as a mobile office. On board the flight with us are members of the press corps and several of the Secretary's closest policy and public diplomacy advisors.

We've got a busy week ahead.

While in Lima, I'll accompany Secretary Clinton at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States. We'll also have the opportunity to meet with President Garcia while in Peru.

On Tuesday morning, we'll depart Lima en route to Quito, Ecuador. Following our meeting with President Correa, Secretary Clinton will make an important speech at a cultural center in Quito. The Secretary will lay out the broad outline of the Obama Administration's policies towards the countries of the Americas. Visit for more details on how to tune in as we get closer.

We'll fly to Bogota, Colombia Tuesday evening. Wednesday morning, we'll meet with the two Colombian presidential candidates -- Juan Manuel Santos and Antonus Mockus. Secretary Clinton and I will also meet with current Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.

The last stop of our visit will be Barbados. We'll arrive late on Wednesday, and participate in a meeting of CARICOM nations of the Caribbean on Thursday. Secretary Clinton will have the opportunity to engage on our regional security partnership through the newly launched Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.

Keep up with us while we're on the road (and in the air!) via the Secretary's Interactive Travel Map. Tweet me your questions, or text the Secretary directly. We'll continue to blog throughout the week, so stay tuned to DipNote.



Gaston O.
June 7, 2010

Gaston H.A.O. in Ecuador writes:

Thank for come to Ecuador, there is a lot of respect for you and for the President Obama, and Clinton era. Now, please be hard with Correa, he needs more the money that will gona request that the dare o risk of get out of dolarization that gived us 10 years of TRUE VALUE currency. Thanks again and goodspeed

June 7, 2010

Marcos in Guatemala writes:

it seems to be a very busy agenda..enjoy it. One of the best things a man can get is a nice work. Bye

New Jersey, USA
June 7, 2010

Rosemary in New Jersey writes:

First of all, my prayers are always with you and our Secretary of State on these important missions. You and she are doing a wonderful job, and we all appreciate your hard work. It is delicate at times, but you are both excellent in dealing with touchy situations.

I keep saying this (partially to encourage you) so I'll say it again, you ROCK the social media! I LOVE it when you are on a trip with her! We get so many great tweets from you! I am a Hillary blogger and very much appreciate what you share - as do my readers.

Bless you, sir! May the angels watch over all of you. (And keep tweeting - seriously - you rock!)

South Korea
June 7, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Expects the Secretary's U.S. Air Force Boeing 757 functions as a mobile office

Link, for A poor fisherman) and (Says that the near confinement life is continued in 10 months.)

Thank You.

P.S. Brazil?

June 7, 2010

Idasil in Turkey writes:

really nice sharing thanks admin!!


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