My time in Colombia is one of my favourite since traveling around the world for one year. Thanks to low prices in comparison to westernized countries, I never had to be paranoid with my Colombian spending.

Looking at my spending below, if I never renewed my passport in Colombia, I would have spent 1,005.12 CAD in 38 days which is amazing!

I’m definitely looking forward to return to Colombia one day. Perhaps I will live here during the cold months in Canada so I can enjoy the best of both worlds.

 

colombia spending

 

Complete 38 days Colombia spending breakdown:

  • Flight from Medellin to Bogota – $7.14 CAD (14,280 COP) and 4500 Avios Miles
  • Canadian Reciprocation Fee to Colombia – $95 CAD (190,000 COP)
  • Ipiales to Pasto Bus – $4.50 CAD (9,000 COP)
  • Las Vegas Hotel Ipiales – $20 CAD (40,000 COP)
  • Pasto to Bogota Bus – $66 CAD (132,000 COP)
  • 1 month cell phone (15 days, 2 loads, 2 gigs total) – $22 CAD (44,000 COP)
  • Canadian Passport Renewal – 245.50 CAD (491,000 COP)
  • Passport photo – $7.50 CAD (15,000 COP)
  • Workaway fee – $39.44 CAD  (29 USD or 78,880 COP)
  • Couchsurfing fee – $35.36 CAD (26 USD or 70,720 COP)
  • ATM fee – 20 CAD (40,000 COP)
  • Bogota to Villa de Leyva Bus – $12 CAD (24,000 COP)
  • Posada Santa Catalina – $5 CAD (10,000 COP)
  • Villa de Leyva to Tunja Bus – $3.50 CAD (7,000 COP)
  • Razor – $11 CAD (22,600 COP)
  • Tunja to San Gil Bus – $15 CAD (30,000 COP)
  • Haircut – $16 CAD (32,000 COP)
  • San Gil to Barichara Bus – $2.40 CAD (4,800 COP)
  • Hostal Casa Nacuma accommodation for 2 nights – $35 CAD (70,000 COP)

 

Hostal Casa Nacuma

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  • Bus from Guane to Barichara – $1 CAD (2,000 COP)
  • Montanita Hostel 2 night accommodation – $19.80 CAD (39,600 COP)
  • Bus from Chicamocha to Bucaramanga – $5 CAD (10,000 COP)
  • La Flaca Hostel 1 night accommodation – $12.50 CAD (25,000 COP)
  • Bus from Bucaramanga to Medellin – $30 CAD (60,000 COP)
  • Green Hill Hostel 3 night accommodation with laundry service – $43.50 CAD (87,000 COP)
  • Medellin to Guatape Bus – $6.75 CAD (13,500 COP)
  • Toilet fee – $1 CAD (2,000 COP)
  • Guatape to Medellin Airport Road Bus – $5 CAD (10,000 COP)
  • Tips – $3.58 CAD (7,150 COP)
  • Medellin Airport road to Medellin Airport – $0.80 CAD (1,600 COP)
  • Laundry – $2 CAD (4,000 COP)
  • Food, groceries, and water – $325.11 CAD (650,227 COP)
  • Taxi – $65.23 CAD (130,450 COP)
  • Uber – $38.11 CAD (76,223.03 COP)
  • Shampoo – $3.90 CAD (7,800 COP)
  • Tickets to La Pieda – $9 CAD (18,000 COP)
  • Air Bnb Laureles – 16 CAD (32,000 COP)

Grand totals:

Total Colombia spending: $1,250.62 CAD (2,501,240 COP)

Total Colombia spending without Canadian passport renewal: $1,005.12 CAD (2,010,240 COP)

Average daily Colombia spending: $32.91 CAD (65,822.11 COP)

Average daily Colombia spending without Canadian passport renewal: $26.45 CAD per day (52,901 COP)

Total Points and Miles spent: 19,000 Starwood Points spent for a 7 night free stay at Four Points by Sheraton Bogota, 4,000 Starwood Points spent for 2 night free stay at Four Points by Sheraton Medellin. 4500 Avios miles spent for a LATAM flight from Medellin to Bogota.

 

colombia spending

 

And there you have it! As you can see, Colombia is quite an affordable country to travel to. Not only that, their airport is one of the best I’ve seen around the world! Their bus system is also great making it easy to get around the country.

As long as you practice common sense and don’t flash money in public and by staying away from bad neighbours, you will be safe in Colombia. I love this country and it’s one of my favourite so far right beside South Africa, Malaysia, and Thailand.

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