A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Colonia del Sacramento vs. Cartagena for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Colonia del Sacramento or Cartagena?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Colonia del Sacramento and Cartagena can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Colonia del Sacramento or Cartagena?

Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento is in the Rio de la Plata region of Uruguay. It is filled with old colonial buildings and cobbled streets, and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Colonia del Sacramento was founded in 1680 by the Portuguese, sandwiched in between the Portuguese colony of Brazil and the Spanish Viceroyalty of the River Plate, later Argentina, Uruguay and Southern Brazil. Its strategic position and use as a smuggling port meant that its sovereignty was constantly contested and the city changed hands several times between Spain and Portugal. The irresistibly picturesque town's charm and its proximity to Buenos Aires draw thousands of Argentine and other visitors on weekends and in summer. Prices rise in these periods and it can be difficult to find a room so make sure to book your trip well in advance.

Cartagena

The capital of the Bolivar Department of Colombia, Cartagena is one of the most visited cities in the country. It sits on Colombia's northern coast by the Caribbean Sea. It's a port city with a population of almost 900,000, making it the fifth largest city in Colombia. The city has a rich history and was the first Spanish colony on the American continent. It was also one of the first sanctuaries for freed African slaves in the Americas.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Cultural Tours in Uruguay, The Best Adventure Tours to Uruguay, The Best Adventure Tours to Colombia, and The Best Eco Tours in Colombia.


Which place is cheaper, Cartagena or Colonia del Sacramento?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Colonia del Sacramento is $70, while the average daily cost in Cartagena is $48. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Colonia del Sacramento and Cartagena in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Colonia del Sacramento $35
    Cartagena $27
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Colonia del Sacramento $70
    Cartagena $54
Compare Hotels in Colonia del Sacramento and Cartagena

Looking for a hotel in Colonia del Sacramento or Cartagena? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Colonia del Sacramento


Hotels in Cartagena


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Colonia del Sacramento $18
    Cartagena $7.49

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Colonia del Sacramento

Also for Colonia del Sacramento, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Colonia Bus Terminal Private Transfer : $15
  • Colonia Port Terminal Private Transfer : $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cartagena

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cartagena:

  • Walking Tour with Transfers - Gabriel García Márquez & Cartagena Walled City: $110
  • Transportation / Transfers: $27
  • Transfer service in Cartagena: $53
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Cartagena Airport (CTG) - Manzanillo del Mar: $23
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from City Center - Cartagena Airport (CTG): $20
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Cartagena Airport (CTG) - City Center: $20
  • Transfer from the airport to hotels in Boquilla: $13
  • Transfer Private Vehicle Cartagena Airport (CTG) -City Cent: $27
  • Transfer High-end - Kia Quoris: $90
  • Transfer High-end - Ford Explorer: $90
  • Transfer Cartagena : $53
  • The best private Transfer from / to Cartagena airport. ONE WAY.: $20

Is it cheaper to fly into Colonia del Sacramento or Cartagena?

Prices for flights to both Cartagena and Colonia del Sacramento change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Colonia del Sacramento $19
    Cartagena $9.82

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Colonia del Sacramento

For Colonia del Sacramento, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Sensory Experience - Blind dinner in Colonia Del Sacramento: $95

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cartagena

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Cartagena.

  • Featured in NYTimes > Arepas and Dancing: Danceable Cooking Class in Cartagena: $32
  • Cooking class of typical food at the beach and sunset view: $39
  • Taste Cartagena Food tour: $40
  • Street Food Tour in Cartagena: $42
  • Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings: $45
  • Local Flavors Food Tour with Native Chef: $50
  • Cruise by the Bay with Dinner and Wine: $55
  • Private Dinner at a Local Chef's House in Cartagena: $58
  • Cartagena Gourmet: Cooking Class with a View, Elegance & Flavor: $59
  • Street food tour: $61
  • Street Food Tour in Cartagena Walled City and Getsemani: $74
  • Getsemaní District at Night (with dinner included): $78

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Colonia del Sacramento $25
    Cartagena $21

Tours and Activities in Colonia del Sacramento

For Colonia del Sacramento, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Walking tour around Colonia del Sacramento Old Town: $13
  • Shared City Tour at sunset in Historic Neighborhood: $20
  • Regular City Tour in Portuguese: $25
  • Bus Ticket from Colonia del Sacramento to Carmelo: $27
  • Hike at promenade + entry ticket to bullring (Walk 5.5km): $28
  • Shared Boat Tour Experience - Colonia del Sacramento: $43
  • Full gastronomic experience: Uruguayan meat,cheese and wine: $55
  • Historical Walking Tour with Snack: $58
  • Colonia del Sacramento City Tour : $58
  • Adventure Sightseeing Bike Tour: $59
  • Experience an typical Uruguayan dish: Chivito & Tannat Wine: $78
  • From Horse Ride Experience: $80

Tours and Activities in Cartagena

Here are a few actual costs in Cartagena for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Accessible sightseeing tour of Cartagena: $165
  • Eco cultural Historical Tour beyond Old City! + Pool: $98
  • Palenque Native Guide, free entrance tickets, dance show & lunch: $110
  • Private Tour & the best coffee of the world in Cartagena (Also for cruisers): $250
  • "Luxury Day in Tierra Bomba Exclusive Tour to the best Beach Club": $154
  • 17. Transportation for private CITY TOURS CARTAGENA: $105
  • 2 and a half hour Chiva Disco and Rumba Tour: $14
  • 2 hrs Tour in Cartagena Bay with Sunset View: $30
  • 2-Hour Color and Art Tour in Getsemani: $90
  • 2-Hour Private Tour of Bazurto Market: $52
  • 2-Hour Tour enjoying Cartagena with the Family: $20
  • 2-Hour Tour of Getsemani Color and Art: $63

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Colonia del Sacramento $6.01
    Cartagena $9.21

Sample the Local Flavors in Colonia del Sacramento

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Colonia del Sacramento:

  • Shuttle to Traditional Vineyard with Wine Tasting included: $30

Sample the Local Flavors in Cartagena

Also in Cartagena, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Pub Crawl with Dancing and Complimentary Drinks: $18
  • Cartagena's Best Pub Crawl all included!: $20
  • Cartagena Pub Crawl: Let's Party & Matching in Getsemaní: $20
  • Pub Crawl: $70
  • Nightlife Pub crawl in Cartagena: $73


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Colonia del Sacramento and Cartagena, we can see that Colonia del Sacramento is more expensive. And not only is Cartagena much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Cartagena would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cartagena and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Colonia del Sacramento would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Colonia del Sacramento than you might in Cartagena.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Colonia del Sacramento Expensive? and Is Cartagena Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Colonia del Sacramento or Cartagena?

Cartagena has a larger population, and is about 40 times larger than the population of Colonia del Sacramento. When comparing the sizes of Colonia del Sacramento and Cartagena, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Colonia del Sacramento or Cartagena?

Colonia del Sacramento has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Cartagena experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Colonia del Sacramento or Cartagena in the Summer?

Both Cartagena and Colonia del Sacramento during the summer are popular places to visit. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Cartagena year-round.

In the summer, Colonia del Sacramento is cooler than Cartagena. Typically, the summer temperatures in Colonia del Sacramento in January average around 25°C (77°F), and Cartagena averages at about 29°C (84°F)in July.

In Cartagena, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Colonia del Sacramento. In the summer, Colonia del Sacramento often gets more sunshine than Cartagenain July. Colonia del Sacramento gets 285 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cartagena receives 207 hours of full sun.

Colonia del Sacramento usually gets more rain in January than Cartagenain July. Colonia del Sacramento gets 85 mm (3.3 in) of rain, while Cartagena receives 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January and July
    Colonia del Sacramento 25°C (77°F) 
    Cartagena 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Colonia del Sacramento or Cartagena in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Colonia del Sacramento and Cartagena. Cartagena attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In April, Colonia del Sacramento is generally cooler than Cartagenain October. Daily temperatures in Colonia del Sacramento average around 18°C (65°F), and Cartagena fluctuates around 27°C (81°F).

Colonia del Sacramento usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Cartagena during autumn. Colonia del Sacramento gets 183 hours of sunny skies, while Cartagena receives 175 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Cartagena receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Colonia del Sacramento gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Colonia del Sacramento usually receives less rain than Cartagenain October. Colonia del Sacramento gets 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Cartagena receives 150 mm (5.9 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April and October
    Colonia del Sacramento 18°C (65°F) 
    Cartagena 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Colonia del Sacramento or Cartagena in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Colonia del Sacramento as well as Cartagena. The warm climate attracts visitors to Cartagena throughout the year.

Colonia del Sacramento is much colder than Cartagena in the winter. The daily temperature in Colonia del Sacramento averages around 12°C (53°F) in July, and Cartagena fluctuates around 27°C (81°F)in January.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cartagena. In the winter, Colonia del Sacramento often gets less sunshine than Cartagenain January. Colonia del Sacramento gets 143 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cartagena receives 278 hours of full sun.

Colonia del Sacramento usually gets more rain in July than Cartagenain January. Colonia del Sacramento gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Cartagena receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July and January
    Colonia del Sacramento 12°C (53°F) 
    Cartagena 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Colonia del Sacramento or Cartagena in the Spring?

Both Cartagena and Colonia del Sacramento are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Cartagena because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In the spring, Colonia del Sacramento is much colder than Cartagena. Typically, the spring temperatures in Colonia del Sacramento in October average around 18°C (64°F), and Cartagena averages at about 28°C (82°F)in April.

It's quite sunny in Cartagena. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Colonia del Sacramento. Colonia del Sacramento usually receives more sunshine than Cartagena during spring. Colonia del Sacramento gets 233 hours of sunny skies, while Cartagena receives 209 hours of full sun in the spring.

It's quite rainy in Colonia del Sacramento. In October, Colonia del Sacramento usually receives more rain than Cartagenain April. Colonia del Sacramento gets 118 mm (4.6 in) of rain, while Cartagena receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October and April
    Colonia del Sacramento 18°C (64°F) 
    Cartagena 28°C (82°F)

Typical Weather for Cartagena and Colonia del Sacramento

Colonia del Sacramento Cartagena
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 25°C (77°F) 85 mm (3.3 in) 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 24°C (75°F) 98 mm (3.9 in) 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Mar 22°C (71°F) 132 mm (5.2 in) 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 18°C (65°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 28°C (82°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 15°C (59°F) 75 mm (3 in) 29°C (84°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jun 12°C (53°F) 75 mm (3 in) 29°C (84°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Jul 12°C (53°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 29°C (84°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Aug 13°C (55°F) 81 mm (3.2 in) 28°C (82°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Sep 15°C (59°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 29°C (84°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Oct 18°C (64°F) 118 mm (4.6 in) 27°C (81°F) 150 mm (5.9 in)
Nov 21°C (69°F) 115 mm (4.5 in) 28°C (82°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Dec 23°C (74°F) 89 mm (3.5 in) 27°C (81°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)