Travel Budget for Pereira

Departamento de Risaralda, Colombia

How much does it cost to travel to Pereira?

Average Daily Expenses

(Per Person)

This typical travel budget for Pereira is an aggregation of travel expenses from real travelers. This will give you an idea of how much money you will need during your visit.

Average Daily Travel Cost:
CO$ 65,365.14
Accommodation1 CO$ 5,000.00
Food2 CO$ 12,133.90
Water2 CO$ 1,730.46
Local Transportation1 CO$ 2,300.00
Entertainment1 CO$ 180,203.13
Tips and Handouts1 CO$ 2,000.00
Alcohol2 CO$ 3,957.50
Last Updated: Dec 16, 2015
Sample Costs

Below are some expenses from the budgets of actual travelers.

Coffee CO$ 1,200.00
Short Taxi Ride CO$ 4,600.00
Hamburger CO$ 6,500.00
Situated in a small valley in the western Andes, Pereira is the capital city of Risaralda, Colombia. The city is surrounded by coffee producing agriculture and sits in the middle of a triangle of cities including Bogota, Medillin and Cali, each of which is about a three to five hour drive away.

The city itself is very much student oriented, as there are many universities around town and at least one quarter of the population is made up of students. There is also a very European vibe to the city and you will find the area beautiful with many parks and museums.

Pereira's economy is based on government, agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, trade, commerce, and tourism. Agricultural products include sugarcane, cacao, rubber, cereals, coffee, and livestock. Apparel is the main manufacturing product, along with aluminium goods, motorcycles and telecommunications technology.

Pereira is found in a warm moorland area with an average temperature of around 72 degrees. The temperatures remain relatively consistent throughout the year with highs in the high 70s Fahrenheit to low 80s Fahrenheit. Low temperatures are usually in the low 60s Fahrenheit. Rain is heaviest during the months of April and May as well as October and November.
Sights in Pereira include Matecana City Zoo, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Poverty, Lucy Tejada, the Museum of Art, Jaime Mejia Archaeological Museum, Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, Noah's Farm Eco-Park, Los Nevados National Natural Park, the Botanical Garden of Marseille, Plaza de Bolivar, and Victoria's City Square Mall.
Pereira is found in the Central Cordillera, or mountain range. It's located in a valley that is formed by the river Otun and the Cauca River. To the north of the city is La Virginia and Marseille Dosquebradas. To the northeast is Santa Rosa de Cabal and to the east is Tolima. South of the city is Quindio and Valle del Cauca. West of the city is Balboa and Valle del Cauca.

There is no shortage of budget hotels around town, but you'll also find some options if you're looking for something more luxurious or comfortable. Many of the hotels are downtown, making them convenient for many of the city's popular sights as well as any public transportation connections.
There are a handful of shopping malls around town if you're interested in doing some shopping. You'll also find some great theaters, discos, and concert halls. Pereira also has several sports teams. The main football team in town is the Deportivo Pereira. They play in the Categoria Primera B. The city also has the Hernan Ramirez Veillegas Stadium, a velodrome, a skating area, and an Olympic swimming pool and motocross track.

Every year the Fiesta de la Cosecha is celebrated to recognize the anniversary of the founding of the city. It is fun to be in town during this "Harvest Fest".
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Food and Dining
Dining in Pereira is a very pleasant experience. Much of the cuisine comes from the Antioquia region to the northwest. During lunch you'll likely enjoy a plantain soup, followed by a rice and meat plate which includes either fried pork, beef, or chicken, and a cabbage salad on the side. The meal is usually served with a fresh juice made with mangoes or perhaps an unfamiliar local fruit variety. The meal may also include either coffee or dessert.
The best airport to fly into is Matecana International Airport. This is the largest airport in the region and it receives flights from several domestic locations and two international destinations, Panama City and New York City.

Buses that arrive in the city usually go to the main bus station, Terminal de Transporte de Pereira.

The easiest way to travel around the city is either by bus or megabus. Megabuses are a more comfortable and relaxed option, although slightly more expensive. It is also relatively easy to find a taxi around town.
Travel Tips

Public Transportation

By backpackguru on Oct 31, 2011 in Local Transportation
There's a very comprehensive system of buses throughout Pereira that connects most of the city. They cost about 1,600 COP for a ride. There are a range of vehicle types including large buses, small vans, and Wilys jeeps. Generally the system is safe but as usual, keep you're wits about you when you visit specific neighborhood in the city. It's always good to use caution when on public buses.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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