Incredibly affordable, it doesn’t take many pesos to live well in Colombia. Visit the captivating cities of Medellin and Bogota, get back to nature in the Tayrona National Park, visit the colourful colonial city of Cartagena and relax at Playa Blanca. Average daily cost per person: 92,668 Colombian pesos or £20 ($24).
Past travelers have spent, in average £5 ($6) on meals for one day. Some of the typical dishes to try are the Bandeja Paisa (huge food platter with grilled meat, avocado and fried eggs), Arepas (flatbread made from cornmeal), Tamales (cooked corn dough filled with meat and vegetables, all wrapped up in banana leaves), Empenadas of course, and the famous Colombian coffee.
It’s just ultra cheap here. You’ll find plenty of Homestay or hostels for less than £10 a night and decent hotels aren’t much more expensive.
Where to start? There are so many great activities for all ages and budget. Here is our top 5:
– Walk Old Cartagena – The city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, and one of the top things to do in Colombia for travelers from around the world.
– Relax in Parque Tayrona – Combine jungle and secluded beaches at this undeveloped national park located on the Caribbean coast about six hours east of Cartagena. You can also find really cheap accommodations around here.
– Explore Medelin – Medelin is a lovely city, famous for its coffee plantations, its flower farms, orchids and butterflies.
– Bogota – Bogota’s old town, is a must-wander. It’s where the museums, cobblestone streets, and government buildings are.
– Hike in Chingaza National Park – This is one of the biggest nature reserves in Colombia, home to more than 1,000 plant species and 187 bird species.