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

Should you visit Colonia del Sacramento or Medellin?

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 Medellin can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Colonia del Sacramento or Medellin?

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.


In addition to big improvements in public safety, Medellin has witnessed a huge surge in urban development projects, including Colombia's first metro system and cable cars to service poorer neighborhoods located high on the mountain sides. There is an abundance of parks, libraries, museums and public spaces with many cultural events taking place. Many travelers also enjoy visiting the surrounding villages, where life is simple and landscapes and nature reserves are wonderful. Medellin has now become one of the "it" cities in the world, with tons of tourists visiting and foreigners settling and retiring here. Beautiful mountains, warm weather, friendly locals, and a vibrant culture are just a few of the reasons why you should visit Medellin.

Which place is cheaper, Medellin 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 $67, while the average daily cost in Medellin is $22. 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 Medellin in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Colonia del Sacramento $34
    Medellin $4.61
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Colonia del Sacramento $68
    Medellin $9.22
Compare Hotels in Colonia del Sacramento and Medellin

Looking for a hotel in Colonia del Sacramento or Medellin? 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 Medellin

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Colonia del Sacramento Hotel Prices and Medellin Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Colonia del Sacramento $17
    Medellin $4.01

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

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Medellin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Medellin:

  • Taxi

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Medellin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Medellin:

  • Transfer in private minivan Guatape- Medellin airport (MDE): $42
  • Transfer in Private Car from Guatape- Medellin airport (MDE): $34
  • Transfer from or to Medellin's airport: $55
  • Transfer Private Car from Medellin city - Medellin Airport (MDE): $20
  • Transfer Private Car from Medellin Airport (MDE) - Medellin city: $20
  • Transfer Jose Maria Cordoba Airport -Hotel or Accommodation: $55
  • Transfer José María Córdova Airport - Medellin - Private Ride Airport .. !!: $40
  • Transfer JMC airport - Medellin or Medellin - JMC airport - Private!!: $39
  • Santa Marta Airport to Santa Marta (or vice versa) Private Transfer : $16
  • RoundtripTransfer Privatecar Medellin Airport (MDE) Medellin City: $40
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Minivan Medellin City Airport (MDE) - Medellin City: $68
  • Private transfer service from or to Medellín Airport: $41

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

Prices for flights to both Medellin 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 Meals for one day
    Colonia del Sacramento $19
    Medellin $9.32

Typical Food Prices in Medellin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Medellin:

  • Lunch

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Medellin

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

  • Cooking Class Preparing Colombian Empanadas: $39
  • Community project cooking class and Medellin social transformation tour: $66
  • Homemade Paisa Dinner at a Local's Home in Medellín: $69
  • Homemade Paisa Dinner at a Local's Home in Medellín: $71
  • Private tour: Street food tour, Eat like a Local in Medellin!: $71
  • Half-Day Food Tour Visiting the Best Viewpoints in Medellín!: $75
  • Medellín Food Tour: $94
  • Sabaneta and Envigado Best Local Food Tour from Medellin: $99
  • Food Tour in An Authentic Culinary Experience: $103
  • Full Day Private Medellin City, Street Art and Food Tour: $109
  • Private Market Tour and Colombian Cooking Lesson With a Local Family in Medellin: $114
  • Combo Tour: Street Art, Christmas Lights and Food Tour in Medellin: $139

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Colonia del Sacramento $24
    Medellin $12

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:

  • Goup Walking Tour - Spanish Only: $20
  • Shared City Tour at sunset in Historic Neighborhood: $20
  • Regular City Tour in Portuguese: $25
  • Hike at promenade + entry ticket to bullring (Walk 5.5km): $28
  • Shared Boat Tour Experience - Colonia del Sacramento: $43
  • City Tour Colonia del Sacramento - Uruguay: $49
  • Colonia del Sacramento City Tour : $58
  • Adventure Sightseeing Bike Tour: $59
  • Historical Walking Tour with Snack: $63
  • Experience an typical Uruguayan dish: Chivito & Tannat Wine: $78
  • From Horse Ride Experience: $80
  • From Montevideo: Colonia Day Trip & Sightseeing: $150

Tours and Activities in Medellin

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

  • Comuna 13 + Medellin City Tour: $230
  • Medellin City Private Tour: $83
  • Medellin City Walking Tour plus Metro Cable Cars: $83
  • Private Full Day Tour in Guatape: $40
  • Private Tour to Explore Comuna 13 in Medellín: $65
  • Private tour Guatapé Peñol stone and coffee farm: $139
  • 1-Hour Wakeboarding Private Experience from Guatape: $128
  • 2 Days Medellin Coffee Farm Experience : $195
  • 2 Hour Medellin Off Road ATV Experiences: $145
  • 2-Hours Street Art Walking Tour in Medellin Comuna 13: $24
  • 3 Hours City Tour in Medellin Colombia: $27
  • 3 Towns Colonial Private Tour Leaving from Medellin: $130

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Colonia del Sacramento $5.78
    Medellin $6.99

Sample the Local Flavors in Medellin

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

  • 5 hours pub crawl to the bests clubs in Provenza Medellin: $25
  • 4 Hours Pub Crawl Nightlife in Medellin: $41
  • Live the Nightlife Rooftop Pub Crawl : $49
  • Medellin Private Bar Crawl: $94
  • All-Inclusive Comuna 13 Nightlife Bar Crawl with Locals: $130
  • Medellin Pub Crawl Including Food and City Tour: $146

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Colonia del Sacramento and Medellin, we can see that Colonia del Sacramento is more expensive. And not only is Medellin much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Medellin would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Medellin 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 Medellin.

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 Medellin Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Colonia del Sacramento or Medellin?

Medellin has a larger population, and is about 90 times larger than the population of Colonia del Sacramento. When comparing the sizes of Colonia del Sacramento and Medellin, 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.