I don’t know whether  you’ve perceived , however cash has play a recurring role on this blog since Day 1. I  strongly argue that cash should never be the the reason impede you  pursuing your dreams of adventure . You possibly can travel with out some huge cash so long as you’re wise about it: keeping your eye fixed out for flight offers, minimizing splurges, decreasing transportation prices by using more time in fewer locations. If I can save some money right here and there, I’ll make the additional effort to take action. It’s like a game!

Well playing game this round , although I loosened the purse strings a bit when it got here to foods and drinks. I think about  my every splurges on this region to be effectively price it for the experience, . Nothing pretty hits the spot like an excellent bottle of red and nice (travel-related) conversation!

It’s important to note that Colombia is not one of many cheaper abroad locations in South America; I would say that it falls someplace within the center. Moreover, the coastline of Colombia is valuable than the remained  nations . The point is that i could pay a visit to another  South American nation and pay less money  than that I spent on this journey. Nonetheless, finances journey in Colombia could be very doable. Check out my expenditure beneath:

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Exchange rate : As of February 2014, ~2030 COP = $1 US.

Flight: $365

Half of what I spent on this whole journey was on the extremely cheap flight there – which explained why I traveled to Colombia firstly . $365 from New York to Cartagena, does it get any higher than that?

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Transportation: $66

Intercity transportation in Colombia was a bit pricier, but in addition it was more relaxed, than I expected. A 1-way airline ticket from Cartagena to Santa Marta was about $20 .

In contrast, I noticed that native transportation had reasonably priced. A cab run across city in Santa Marta, or from Old Town Cartagena to the airport, price us about $5. A bus ride overlaying the identical routes would have been $1-2. I usually keep away from taxis in New York, however it was onerous to withstand them at such nice worth in Colombia.

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Pozo Azul in Minca, Colombia

Accommodation: $96

Averaging $12/a night time for lodging, sleeping in Colombia hardly broke the financial institution for us. Right here’s what I paid:

  • $10/ night for a hammock on the seaside in Tayrona National Park
  • $15 for one night in an AC dorm room at El Genoves Hostal in Cartagena
  • $18 for one night in an AC dorm room at Drop Bear Hostel in Santa Marta

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Santa Marta, Colombia

Food/Beverage: $184

I averaged $23/day on foods and drinks, the expense I used to be most lenient with. Had I skipped just a few rounds of Wine Time, I’d have spent below $20/day – however what enjoyable would which have been?! No regrets, child.

I took my usual approach to consuming whereas I journey: easy grocery-shopped breakfasts, road meals snacks, and a correct dinner out at a restaurant (generally with drinks). I wouldn’t classify Colombian meals as one of many highlights of visiting this nation, however there are many nice eating places specializing in different cuisines. We ate well in Cartagena, splurging on tapas at El Balcon and fish at La Cevicheria, and had a Mexican feast in Santa Marta.

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Other: $31

I didn’t do any purchasing on this journey, so my miscellaneous bills have been minimal. I paid $19 for a Tayrona National Park go and $12 for a guided hike in Minca – that’s it! I used to be prepared to shell out extra to do some type of journey exercise in Minca, however supposedly there weren’t any occurring the day we visited.

What’s often your greatest adventure expense?