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Cost of Travelling Cuba vs Columbia

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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y


Can someone give me an accurate idea of the cost of backpacking in Cuba ($US/day) compared to Columbia - just trying to work something out here!

Thanks a lot!
Ev :)

2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 8y

Try posting on some of the members there have done both.

Also Please spell COLOMBIA correctly-this is important.

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Jan-2009, at 21:01 by SamSalmon ]

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

Thanks Sam. I'll check that out. Pardon the misspelling. ;)

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

Cuba is more expensive than anything in South or Central America I have seen, so expect to need a lot more than anything in South America. I have heard numbers that tend to hover around $50 a day as a reasonable amount to budget. There's a lot of advice out there.

Personally, I took the all-inclusive route. Flight and hotel from Canada all-in, including all meals (if you are on the the resort), and then I did day trips out to the country. Probably not the best way to see things, but given the cost of flights to Cuba, it can actually be cheaper to do this even if you don't end up not staying at the all-inclusive hotel and booking additional travel.


5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 8y

Thanks Greg, that's helpful to me.

6. Posted by Martian900 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Cuba is waaaaaay more expensive than Colombia. That said, it's still quite a bit cheaper than most of its Caribbean neighbours.

For a great time (lots of partying, tourist bars and restaurants, taxis everywhere, big cover charges, and buying a few drinks for your new frens, etc.) expect about 100 - 150 CUC per day. For a decent time but not spending too much on new Cuban frens budget 75 - 100 CUC per day. For a quieter time, but still seeing/ding most things you really can't go too far below 75 CUC per day. If you can speak Spanish and aren't picky about food, booze or traveling very much then I suppose you could do 30 - 40 CU per day but that would be my definition of hell.

Lastly, USDs haven't been accepted in Cuba in over 4 years. You can exchange your USD into CUC, but it takes an additional 10% hit that no other currency faces. Better to exchange your USDs into CAD or EUR.

Lastly, your biggest hit in Cuba is accommodation - no cheap hostels on the commie island. A Casa Particular (Cuban equivalent of a bed & Breakfast) is 25 - 30 CUC per night in Havana, 15 - 25 CUC out in the country.


By the way, exchange rates are here: Today $100 CAD = 72 CUC. Ouch!

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 7y

Thanks Martian, that's really helpful :)