Is Santa Marta Expensive?

Is Santa Marta expensive to visit?

While Santa Marta is a popular destination, it is also very affordable and not expensive to visit. The average daily cost is just $32. This is actually one of the main reasons why it's so popular with tourists. When compared to other cities in South America, many travelers find it to be a reasonably affordable destination. It's in the top 25% of destinations in South America for its affordability, and our cost analysis found it to be comparable to Cali and Salento.



Santa Marta, Colombia

How expensive is Santa Marta?

Travelers spend an average of $32 per day when visiting Santa Marta (U.S. Dollars). This is according to our calculations which come from the expenses of previous visitors. While this is an average cost, prices can vary by travel style, the length of your trip, and other factors. You can stay fairly close to this average if you stay at moderately priced hotels, eat at affordable restaurants, and take public transportation when possible. See more travel costs for Santa Marta here.

How expensive is a weekend trip (three days) to Santa Marta?

Based on the travel expenses of others, a weekend trip to Santa Marta costs around $95 on average, per person. This includes food, sightseeing, local transportation, accommodation, and nightlife. For two people, a weekend trip costs $190.

How expensive is a one week (7-day) trip to Santa Marta?

Based on our calculations from previous travelers, a one week trip to Santa Marta will cost around $222 per person. This amount includes sightseeing activities, hotels, restaurants, local transportation, and other travel expenses. For two people, a one week trip would cost $443.

Is it expensive to backpack in Santa Marta?

Santa Marta is a popular backpacker destination with more than 80 hostels. Dorm beds in hostels cost, on average, $12 per night. (See hostel prices in Santa Marta here.) You'll find quite a range in prices here, too. The most expensive beds are priced around $48 and the cheapest around $0 per night.

Here are a few sample prices from popular hostels in Santa Marta.

  • $11 for a dorm bed at Dreamer Santa Marta
  • $10 for a dorm bed at La Brisa Loca
  • $11 for a dorm bed at Masaya Santa Marta

Are hotels expensive in Santa Marta?

If you're considering hotel prices in Santa Marta, you'll find them to be slightly more budget-friendly in comparison to hotels in other cities. On average, a night in a hotel room here will set you back approximately $38. In Santa Marta, there are about 1 five-star hotels with an average nightly rate of $78. For a more affordable option, three-star hotels come in at an average of $50 per night, while two-star hotels offer an even more economical choice at $23 per night.


Hotels by star rating in Santa Marta
Rating Number of Hotels Average Hotel Price
5 stars 1 $78
4 stars 14 $80
3 stars 62 $50
2 stars 60 $23
1 star 23 $29
No rating 4 $101

Km 46 via Riohacha, Santa Marta
Overall Rating 9.5
Calle 16 No. 1C-92, Santa Marta
Overall Rating 9.2

How expensive are sightseeing activities in Santa Marta?

In Santa Marta, the cost of activities and things to do can vary by the type of activity, its length, and the location. To provide an estimate of what to expect during your visit, below are several popular activities that are common in the area. On average, previous travelers have spent around $14 per day on sightseeing and entertainment, which is more than the country's average of $0.

    • Amazing full day tour to Minca with a private guide: $178
    • Authentic experience with the Sewiaxa Kogui community and the River 1 day.: $127
    • Coffee Tour La Victoria and waterfalls in Minca - Private Tour: $140
    • Musical Experience "Live Musicaribe": $11
    • Passion Fruit and El Saltillo Waterfall Tour: $109
    • Sanctuary Los Flamingos Tour: $120
    • Taironaka Culture and Nature - Private Tour: $175
    • Shell Bay Tour: $61

    Is food expensive in Santa Marta?

    In Santa Marta, the cost of food can vary by the type of restaurant and food options available. To save money, eat at less expensive restaurants, try street food, or cook your own meals when possible. On average, previous travelers have spent around $10 per day on food, which is more than the country's average of $0.

    • Food Tour in Santa Marta Old City Half-Day : $66
    • Santa Marta Walking Food Tour: $40
    • Santa Marta Street Food Tour: $93
    • Food Tour in Santa Marta Old City: $76

    Is transportation expensive in Santa Marta?

    The prices of local transportation in Santa Marta can vary by the type of transit used. Other travelers have spent an average of $5 on local transportation per person per day, which is more than the country's average of $0. To save money, take public transit whenever possible, as it will almost always be cheaper than a taxi or private driver.

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    We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.



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