Money Matters: Costs of backpacking in Colombia

Money Matters: Costs of backpacking in Colombia

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. 



*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.

Horse riding Colombia
Horse riding Colombia. ©Mies


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)

Colombia. ©Mies


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) 
Food*: basic (cheap local eateries, streetfood, snacks)

*4 options: basic, budget, standard and luxury

Colombia. ©Mies
Colombia. ©Mies

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

Can you relate to these costs of backpacking in Colombia? 

Continue to the other articles of the Money Matters series!

Meet 'travel mastermind' Manouk: a 29-year-old sassy girl from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. With BoB she inspires you to explore the world, meet the unexpected and follow your dreams. Happy travels!


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