Colombia - budget reflection

The most colorful and warm place in South America was the perfect spot for my birthday. Latin rhythms combined with African ones were inviting us to dance. And we did dance by going to Salsa school to learn some classic salsa and upbeat reggaeton. You might not enjoy the lyrics, but the beats and movements in this dance style are great fun and exercise.

Then there is the food. Of all South American typical ‘almuerzo’ (lunch) places, Colombia had the best. Fish or chicken with a side of plantain and coconut rice were mouthwatering. For a non bean lover, I ate surprisingly big amounts of beans and lentils, there is something about the way they make it that I was unable to say no, and instead I was asking for more. And not to forget the fruits; especially sugar mango which I am still dreaming about.

Our time in Colombia was amazing; everything from learning different dances, food, colorful colonial houses, islands, and even helping at a coffee plantation and with a family in the jungle was unforgettable. For us, Colombia was probably the most memorable place in South America.

In Colombia we stayed for 40 days and they flew by like minutes. We were staying in guesthouses, small local hotels, AirBnBs and in a tent when we were hosted by Slovenian-Colombian family through HelpX. The last helped us to lower our daily costs and to get the insight of a family life in the jungle. Our meals were both; home cooked and eaten in restaurants. In Colombia it was easy to eat healthy as the cost of healthier meal was barely higher than the rest. During our stay we did most things we wanted to do; hikes, experiences, gaining new knowledge and definitely were not holding back or not hesitant about any of it.

Our estimated budget for Colombia was 15.00 GBP per person per day and I think we did pretty good job in exploring the country and experiencing different things without breaking the bank.


Sum per person (no visa required)

Estimated total cost: 600.00 GBP

Actual cost:  716.76 GBP (INCLUDES birthday present)

Off budget: - 116.76 GBP

COST PER DAY (per person)

Estimated per day: 15.00 GBP BUDGET

Actual cost: 16.15 GBP (EXCLUDES birthday present) MIXED BUDGET

Excluded activities from cost (per person)

Salsa & Reggaeton classes: 95.71 GBP

The route (googlemymaps)

The route (googlemymaps)