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COLOMBIA - Expenses & Accomodation

For those who plan to visit Colombia one day, this could be useful, similar blogs have helped us work out our budget and accommodation during the planning stages & trip

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We spent a month in Colombia staying in hostels in private rooms with private bathrooms mainly, almost all had free WiFi. We ate out as much as we made our own food, so I’d say 50/50.

The “Transport” part below includes 2 local flights; a couple of inter-city buses and a few cabs in Bogota. It also includes our 3 nights on the Slow boat from Leticia to Iquitos (which included 3 meals a day).

The “Extras” part includes our 5 day trek to Ciudad Perdida, museums, Tayrona Park entrance fees, horse-riding in Colcora valley, hammocks etc.

All amounts are in US dollars


Per day for 2 pax:....................................$90.87


COLOMBIA - ACCOMODATION: 24 Feb to 25 March 2010

"Hostel Baluarte"
Address: Calle de la Media Luna No. 10-81, Diagonal Iglesia San Roque, Getsemani
Phone: + 66 42208 6649430
Email: admin@hostalbaluarte.com
Web: http://hostalbaluarte.com/501.html
Cost: CLP50,000 per room – Ensuite Bathroom – Fan - Breakfast not inc but very nice café attached to place – No Wifi
Notes: Ok place, set around a courtyard. Very hot when we were there. Recom getting a place with a pool, there is one up the road but needs to be booked way in advance.

"Hostel La Brisa Loca"
Address: La Brisa Loca Backpackers Hostel at Calle 14 # 3-58 Carrera 3/4, Santa Marta, Colombia
Web: http://www.hostelsantamarta.com
Cost: CLP60,000 per night – Ensuite Bathroom – Breakfast not inc but coffee free – WiFi inc and computers.
Notes: Very small and basic kitchen for guest use. Tv area. Pool! Bar Area upstairs and food set menu each day. Nice place but can be a bit noisy.

  • * NB – Santa Marta can actually be bypassed altogether, everything can be done from Taganga which is a much more pleasant village than S.Marta.

"Bayview Hotel”
Address: Cra 4 #17b-57, Taganga
Tel: +5 4219560
Web: http://www.bayviewhostel.com
Cost: CLP60,000 per night - Ensuite bathroom - Breakfast not inc – Wifi avail for small fee.
Notes: Pool brilliant to have! Kitchen for guest use. Food avail. Nice place. But there was even better up the road: Casa Felipe (no pool) but lovely food, try the Fillet Mignon! Casa Holanda also apparently very nice.

"Sierra Tours"
Address: Calle 17 # 1-18, Taganga
Tel: + 57-5-421 94 01
Email: info@sierratours-trekking.com
Web: http://www.sierratours-trekking.com/resources/Lost+City_engl+5+days.pdf
Cost: CLP550,000 per person inc food, transport, accom for 5 nights.
Bring your own safety med kit, they said they’d have one but when I bust my knee, there was nothing for me, not even a bandage. I will be adding a list of what to bring to this link soon..

"Cabo San Juan Beach"
Notes: Definitely a MUST-DO in Colombia. This was the best beach – where you can swim (most are too dangerous). There are 2 lots of accommodation. Some hammocks on the land where it is cheaper but lots of mozzies (bring a mozzie net/ spray). The other lot of hammocks are on a rocky outcrop right above the sea, really fab. The wind blows nicely so not hot and no insects, the sound of the waves at night is brilliant. They have basic showers and toilets. Restaurant is ok, sells food and drinks & snacks. Bring lots of cash as no atm obviously, and you will want to extend :)
(CLP 20-25,000 for each hammock)
Web: platypushotel@yahoo.com

Address: Calle 16 No. 2 - 43, Bogota
Tel: + 57 1 3413104-3412874
Email: platypushotel@yahoo.com
Web: www.platypusbogota.com
Cost: CLP 36,000 per room– Shared bathroom –Breakfast not inc – Wifi inc.
Notes: Kitchen for guest use. Nothing amazing but will do the trick. Book exchange.

"Hostal Sue Candelaria”
Address:: Carrera 3 # 14-18, Candelaria, Bogota
Tel: + 57 1 341 2647
Email: hostalsuecandelaria@yahoo.com
Web: www.suecandelaria.com
Cost: CLP55,000 per room – Ensuite bathroom – Breakfast inc – Wifi inc.
Notes: Kitchen for guest use. Nothing amazing but will do the trick. Tv room.
Make sure you know which one you’ve booked at as there are 2 hotels.

"The Plantation House"
Address: Alto de Coronel, Calle 7 1-04, Salento, Quindio
Tel: + 315 4097039 (Spanish) or + 316 2852603 (English)
Email: theplantationhousesalento@yahoo.co.uk
Web: www.theplantationhousesalento.com
Cost: CLP37,000 per night – Shared Bathroom – Breakfast not inc but coffee free – WiFi not inc but a computer avail for a fee.
Notes: Kitchen for guest use. Helpful Owners. The house used to be a real plantation house on a coffee farm but isn’t any more. They can take you to see their one which is not on location. Try make sure you are in the main house and not in the added bit behind.

"Finca Villa Marta”
Address: Vereda Combia, Via la convención, Pereira
Tel: (6) 3229994 - (6) 3329385 - Cell (310) 4215920 Cell (311) 7883110
Cost: CLP120,000 per night - Ensuite bathroom - Meals inc – No Wifi. Email: fincavillamartha1@latinmail.com; fincavillamartha1@hotmail.com
Web: www.fincavillamartha.com
Notes: This was a treat. It was an old Coffee property gone upmarket. Brilliant food, big garden, nice owners. Pool and manicured garden. Can organise a tour of nearby coffee plantation but they do not have a factory! They can organise this for you if it is a week day and if you ask in advance. The hostess is charming although not much English is spoken at all!

"Hotel Mahatu”
Address: Calle 7 No. 1-40, Leticia, Amazonas
Tel: + 57 8 592 7384
Email: gusrenalvarado@hotmail.com
Web: http://www.mahatu.com
Cost: CLP50,000 per night - Shared bathroom –No breakfast inc – No Wifi.
Notes: Very basic place, and as the strange owner keeps saying “lots of potential” which is true. Pool. Ok for a stopover before taking the slowboat. Ask around about slowboats, the owner swore to us the boat didn’t leave the next day and it did..He has lots of info but broaden your search if it doesn’t satisfy you.

To see our blog on trip details on Colombia please go to our Table of Contents: here.

Posted by kostlin 20:29 Archived in Colombia Tagged budget costs expenses

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