Budget Travelers/Students & Pensioners
on $10 per day?
Get Real! This is
Is this still possible?
as of August 22, 2007: YOU WILL NOT FIND THE HOME PAGES
OF ANY CARTAGENA PLACES OF LODGING, OR RESTAURANTS, ON THIS WEBSITE,
THAT WILL OFFER PRICES IN SUPPORT OF OUR CLAIM OF $10 PER DAY.
THE FACT REMAINS HOWEVER, THAT WE HAVE MANY POOR FRIENDS, COLOMBIANS,
WHO LIVE AND ENJOY THEMSELVES ON TEN A DAY. WE, AT CARTAGENAINFO
ARE NOT RECOMMENDING THAT YOU TRY TO EMULATE THE LIVING CONDITIONS
OF THE POOR, BUT IF YOU DOUBT OUR WORD, AND ARE SERIOUS, SEND
US A E-MAIL AND WE WILL HOOK YOU UP WITH A LOCAL WHO WILL BE YOUR
GUIDE, WHO FOR A TEN SPOT ( U.S.) WILL SHOW YOU, FOR THE FULL
24 HOURS, HOW THE POOR LIVE IN CARTAGENA, ON TEN A DAY, OR
LESS. ANY TAKERS?
Every few months we receive a challenge from a reader
claiming that $10 a day is no longer possible. None of the E-mailers
are thrifty backpackers, and it seems that few are poor and know
the ways of living on a shoestring-a "life style" that
the poor have been forced to learn and do. . .day-after-day.
Over the past five years, since the original $10 a day article
first appeared, the cost of living in the poorer sections of the
city has changed little. Lodging and food bought from the street
vendors is about the same. The cost of bus transportation has
nearly doubled to about 50 cents, and taxis have increased about
30% or a minimum of about $2.00 u.s.
BUT, according to our young, bright, and streetwise salesman,
our claim of $10 for room and board per day, still holds true-IF
YOU KNOW HOW TO DO IT! When Miguel isn't out selling or collecting
for CartagenaInfo, you can find him windsurfing
in Laguito. . .what a life. . .come on down, but please bring
more than $10 u.s. per day. Our economy needs your help!
Cartagena has many 5 star hotels and world-class restaurants.
For some, we are the playground of the "rich and famous".
Where money is no concern, a $800-1,000 per day per person "budget"
will pamper you in total comfort.
But, for a
budget conscious family of five, daily costs can be as little
as $40-$60 for the entire family.
is also a favorite of singles on a tight budget. Travelers/students
or pensioners can find room and board for less than $10 per day!
Singles on a budget. Some actual daily expenses:
Clean, secure, and basic. Average room size: 8 X 12 feet,
with a ceiling fan, toilet and shower. Double, or single bed,
a chair or two, nightstand and a dresser for your clothes. Clean
sheets and pillow case(s) plus a fresh towel and soap-daily. Cost
in historic Central or modern Boca Grande…about $5 per night
U.S. About a buck lower if you shower and use the toilet down
the hall. Offer to pay a month in advance and bargain for 20%-40%
off. Prices lower by about a dollar or so in less desirable, less
safe areas. Start with these digs. To save even more, look for
an apartment, or a friend to split the rent with? Get yourself
a partner and teach each other your respective languages. Enjoy
Many budget hotels accept couples for an hour or two of intimacy,
and some have rooms set aside for prostitutes. Their steady occupancy
helps keep your room rent low! Many families with limited funds
make use of budget hotels, and the comings and goings of the various
guests takes place in a relaxed, environment.
Breakfast: A pastry (filled with: chicken, beef, cheese,
pineapple, or fudge) and glass of milk or juice. About .50 to
.75 cents U.S.
Usually the big meal in the Latin countries. Juice or soda. Meat,
salad, vegetables, bread. About $1.50 to $2.00.
Repeat lunch, or eat less, and save more. Or, snack throughout
the day? A large fresh apple, pear or orange: about 25 cents each.
There are second hand stores selling a full range of men’s,
women’s, kids and children’s clothing and shoes. Prices
are about 25% of retail. Retail costs of these items when new,
are about the same, or less, than in the states.
is little left over for clothing, medical or recreational needs,
but the walking is great! The city is clean. The parks are a pleasure,
a good place for meeting people, plus they often have free entertainment.
You can nurse a cold beer at your favorite watering hole. There
are the libraries, museums, visiting with friends, window shopping,
plus your never more than a 5 minutes walk to the beach. Anyone
for a midnight dip?Cartagena Has It All.And, a pretty good life,
on only $10.00 per day!