BACKPACKER INDEX: US$36.07
Cartagena hotel prices
Cartagena hotels in are in the greatest demand from December through February, as well as during July and August. Prices are at their highest during Carnival so if you are coming then it’s best to book well in advance. The rest of the year is considered the low season, so good deals are far easier to come by.
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Cartagena has become an extremely trendy destination in recent years, partly because the whole country had been considered a no-go zone due to security issues in the decades prior. Now things have changed, and budget travelers in particular are flocking to Colombia in general and Cartagena in particular.
In addition to the lovely scenery and friendly people, Cartagena is still quite cheap by international standards. It’s more along the lines of Panama City or San Jose as compared to Lima or Buenos Aires in South America.
Hotels are quite cheap, even during the high season, so this is a very popular destination for sunseekers during the North American winter.
Most attractions are free or cheap, and food and drinks can be found at real budget prices as long as you stick more to the things the locals are eating rather than meals and beverages from the fancy hotel restaurants.
Cartagena attraction prices
|Palace of Inquisition museum||In this lovely building you can learn about some of Colombia's early invaders. Mixed reviews on the displays.||adults||7.35|
|Castillo de San Felipe||This historic fortress dates back to 1657 and is quite popular.||adults||8.92|
Cartagena Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||4.99|
|3km taxi ride in Cartagena||2.62 - 3.67|
|Public bus ride in Cartagena||0.73|
Cartagena food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||If your hotel doesn't include breakfast then you'll be able to find locals places with inexpensive breakfast foods nearby.||1.57 - 3.15|
|Budget lunch||Avoid the hotels and touristy places for meals like chicken, rice, plantains, and salad for a cheap and filling lunch.||2.10 - 3.67|
|Budget dinner||You can dine with locals at the low end, but even many touristy places offer good value sit-down meals.||2.62 - 5.25|
|Beer (.33l bottle)||Local lagers can be very cheap in some places. Night clubs and hotels will charge more in most cases.||1.31 - 2.10|
|McDonald's Big Mac||Big Macs are terrible value in Cartegena unless you are homesick.||4.67|
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|Airports||Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG)|
Avg temps & precip
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If you are a fan of temperatures swings you aren’t going to like Cartagena. The most pleasant months are November through March, when temperatures and humidity dip a little, and high winds make things even more comfortable. There are two rainy seasons, from mid March through May and October & November, but rainfall rarely gets out of hand.
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