How Much $$$ Did We Spend in Colombia?
Here’s a little summary of our time in Colombia to help you see how much $ we spent on our extremely budget style of travel.
Days in Colombia: 21
Total Money Spent: $629
So we spent an average of $14.98 per person per day, pretty much exactly on target with our overall budget for the trip!
Here’s a pretty pie chart breakdown for you!
And some more details for the curious:
Transportation: This is by far the biggest since we moved around a lot and buses are on the more expensive side in Colombia. (Average about $2-3 per hour of travel.) You can bargain for long-distance bus tickets, so never settle for the original quoted price! This is mostly for long-distance buses, although we did take taxis frequently, especially to get to our accomodations when we were just arriving in a place and loaded down with luggage.
Food: What can I say, you gotta eat! We mostly stuck to cheaper local food though, and only splurged a handful of times. We were also generously fed by Couchsurfing hosts and at the farm where we stayed.
Lodging: I’m really proud of how little we spent on lodging. We only stayed in 3 hostels for a total of 6 nights in our entire time in Colombia. We Couchsurfed twice and WWOOFed for an entire week, which saved us a lot!
Activities: We saved a lot here by being picky about what touristy things we did. Most of our fun comes from cheaper things like hiking, walking around a new city, and just chatting with locals. We can’t do very many expensive tourist activities on our budget, but that’s okay!
Shopping: We didn’t buy anything, basically. We’re waiting for cheaper countries like Peru and Bolivia to pick up souvenirs.
Hygeine/Medical: You have to pay for most public bathrooms in Colombia. It´s usually less that $.50, but I have a really small bladder. When you gotta go, you gotta go!
1 USD=approximately 1850 COP (Colombian pesos). Just in case you cared.