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Costs in Colombia

In Colombia, prices (particularly for hotels and transportation) as a rule increase 5.5-6 percent at the beginning of each year. Hotel and other rates have increased more in popular destinations, like Bogotá and Cartagena, since tourism has been growing in Colombia. Expect all prices to be higher at holiday times. Since research began for this guide, the dollar has decreased in value about six percent against the Colombia peso (COP).

Budget travelers can easily get by on about $20 per person per day, including the occasional national park visit and meal at a fancy restaurant. With a bit of an eye on expenses, though, you could survive on $15 per day. In much of the country, basic lodging can be had for $8-10 per night. Set meals of the day cost $3 on average.

Transportation is the major expense. See the Budget Travelers section in this chapter for ways to travel for less money in Colombia.

Mid-range travelers should allow $50-60 per day for basic expenses. Hotel rooms in this class cost from $25 per night (less per person for couples), and have private bath (with hot water in cold climates, with only cold water in hotter parts of the country), cable TV and air conditioning. Meals usually cost about $10-12, including a drink.

Luxury travelers will find Colombia to be quite a bargain, especially if you are from Europe. Very nice hotels go for $70 on up. Count on having private bathroom with hot water in all climates, air conditioning, swimming pool, sauna and other amenities. You can enjoy a dinner with wine for $20-30, at the least. Be sure to add to your itinerary an Amazon jungle lodge, a Llanos hotel campestre and national park accommodations at Tayrona, Gorgona or Amacayacu.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Colombia: Money in Colombia, Nuqui Services, Quibdó Services, Services, Buenaventura Services and Money.

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