Colombia is an upcoming travel destination in South America. It has loads to offer from surfing and beaching to jungle trekking and mountains. And let’s not forget the cities of Bogota and Medellin with their impressive nightlife. But, how much does it cost to travel in Colombia? Mies and Tom from the Netherlands (whom I met in Indonesia 2 years ago) visited Colombia for 42 days during their big South America trip. Take a look at their overview of costs of backpacking in Colombia and budget tips.
This article is part of the Money Matters series in which we ask travelers to keep their expenses for Bunch of Backpackers. Real travelers, real expenses.
COSTS 42-DAY COLOMBIA TRIP: 1800 EURO (2383 USD)
DAILY TRAVEL EXPENSES COLOMBIA*: 42 EURO (55 USD)
*These daily travel expenses are per one person per day. Including all tours, domestic flights, souvenirs, lodging, food, drinks, entrance fees, tips etc. Excluding international flights.
EXAMPLES OF PRICES IN COLOMBIA:
These prices are per person unless stated otherwise.
Standard Colombia expenses
One night in a hostel dormitory: 7,8-9,8 euro (10,3- 13,0 USD).
One night in a hostel dormitory in a small village: 5,9-7,8 euro (7,8 – 10,3 USD)
One night in a double room in a simple guesthouse: 19,60-27,50 euro (20,6 – 36,4 USD)
A short 10-minute taxi ride: 2,75 euro (3,64 USD)
A bottle of water (0,5L) at the store: 0,39 euro (0,5 USD)
A local beer at a bar/restaurants: 0,98 – 1,96 euro (1,3 -2,6 USD)
A glass of coca cola in a restaurant: 0,78-0,98 euro (1,0- 1,3 USD)
Basic lunch at a local restaurant: 3,9 euro (5,1 USD)
Dinner at a local restaurant: 3,9 – 7,8 euro (5,1-10,3 USD)
Notable Colombia expenses
Costs 4-day Lost City track: 255 euro (337 USD)
SOME DETAILS ON THIS COLOMBIA BACKPACKING TRIP:
About the backpackers: Mies
Destination and travel period: Colombia in July 2014 for 42 days.
Visited places: San Augustin, Bogota, Medellin, Rio Claro, Guatape, San Gil, Minca, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Palamino, Costenio
Type of trip: Independently together with a friend
Accommodation*: budget (mainly hostels and guesthouses)
Transportation*: budget (cheapest available mode of transportation)
Colombian food*: basic (cheap local eateries, streetfood, snacks).
*4 options: basic, budget, standard and luxury
Colombia budget tips by Mies!
- The menu of the day is always a bargain
- Ask for a lower price on busses
- Local transport is often cheap.
- Look into flights because prices can be almost similar to busses
- On a night out you can find all-in-one places so you can drink as much as you like for a fixed rate
Read this story from fellow traveler Claudia about staying on the San Blas islands.
Can you relate to these costs of backpacking in Colombia?
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