DO I NEED A BIG BUDGET?
Colombia is not the cheapest country in South America, but certainly neither the most expensive one. Buses and taxis are very cheap, so are national flights if you buy them on time. Shopping is particularly expensive in the bigger shopping malls and supermarkets. And of course, if you buy the imported worldwide famous chocolate spread you miss so much, you’ll pay around 12.000 COP for it.
The price tag really depends on what you want. You travel quite economically if you eat in local restaurants (6.000 – 10.000 COP for a three-course lunch). You can purchase fruit and vegetables cheaply on the market. Tourist destinations such as Cartagena or Bogotá are more expensive. You’ll quickly spend 5.000 COP on a beer in a bar while other destinations charge 3.000 COP or even less.
TIP: Explore the Colombian cuisine and culture what makes it much more interesting and cheap. E.g., private rooms in Colombian-style hotels, are often much cheaper than private rooms in internationally-oriented hostels.
Colombia has a high season, when prices in terms of tourism are more expensive: half December – half January / half June – end July / Semana Santa, in 2019 from April 14-20 / all official public holidays (+ 2 days before and 1 day after).