Colombia – Budget

Colombia – Budget

Bucaramanga

Colombia is the economic rising star in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the world’s emerging economic leaders. Bucaramanga is the capital of the department of Santander in north-central Colombia. The city has the fifth largest economy in Colombia, and the sixth largest metropolitan area, with 1.2 million people. With a little under 550,000 people in the city proper, it’s about the size of Las Vegas.

Bucaramanga is known as Ciudad de los Parques (City of Parks), with more than 160 parks scattered within its borders. It is a safe place to settle, as long as you stay out of the poor areas. Most of the crime is concentrated in the northern comunas of the city.

Bucaramanga is a comfortable city for the visiting foreigner and the relocated retiree. And while it offers lots of other qualities and conveniences, it is first-and-foremost a place where you can feel at home.

Cost Of Living In Bucaramanga

Most of the town is neither rich nor poor—but rather a solid, middle-class setting without the extremes that many cities have. A couple can enjoy this lifestyle that Bucaramanga offers for as little as 2.5 million Colombian pesos per month.

Monthly Budget For A Couple Living In Bucaramanga, Colombia

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Rent COP 880,000
Gas COP 27,721 Used for cooking.
Electricity COP 55,233 Not using heat or air conditioning.
Water COP 41,400
Telephone COP 90,000
Internet N/A Included with telephone.
Cable TV N/A Included with telephone.
Groceries COP 750,000
Entertainment COP 700,000
Total COP 2,544,354

 

Infrastructure In Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga offers an excellent infrastructure, with drinkable tap water, reliable electricity, and fast broadband Internet service at reasonable rates. A brand-new metrolinea public transit system is being phased into service to whisk commuters and travelers from one end of the city to the other.

The international airport is just outside of town, making access more convenient than you’d think, given Bucaramanga’s fairly remote location.

Healthcare here is leading-edge, and offered at a reasonable cost. The ten universities in the metro area bring a youthful, vibrant feel to many of the city’s sectors.

Climate In Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga sits on a large plateau, at a pleasant 960 meters (3,120 feet) above sea level. Given its proximity to the equator, this altitude provides for pleasant temperatures all year.

You can expect high temperatures of 81 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of 62. There is no seasonal temperature variation, with temperatures varying only one degree throughout the year. Unlike many tropical climates, there is no rainy season per se, and the total rainfall is around 1,200 millimeters (47 inches) per year, somewhat like the eastern United States. November through January is usually the driest period, while October and April are normally the wettest months. However, you’ll see some mix of rain and sunshine all year.

Medellin

The city of Medellin is an enjoyable place to be and draws visitors from around the world. From the hole-in-the-wall shop selling homemade empanadas to elegant restaurants with fine French cuisine, your dining experience will be varied and limitless. You can also spend an evening at the orchestra or one of 28 theaters, explore the city’s 40 museums, visit its many galleries, or relax in one of 21 parks. And what’s more, the nightlife sizzles in Medellin.

Medellin is physically beautiful. The area has lush hills, with tree-lined streets, green parks, and meandering roads. Throughout the area, small streams tumble down from the mountains, their borders lined with dense areas of lush, tropical vegetation.

Cost Of Living In Medellin

Medellin is about the best value you’ll find anywhere in the Americas. For the weather, First World ambiance, culture, and amenities we enjoy here, the cost of living is moderately low. You can live here for just over 3.5 million Colombian pesos per month.

In Medellin, you’ll enjoy a reasonable cost of living, high-value, fairly priced properties, and the chance to earn a non-dollar income with a rental property.

Monthly Budget For A Couple Living In Medellin, Colombia

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Rent COP 1,278,680
Gas COP 29,508 Used for cooking.
Electricity COP 59,016 Not using heat or air conditioning.
Water COP 88,524
Telephone COP 39,344
Internet COP 78,688
Cable TV COP 59,016
Groceries COP 688,520
Entertainment COP 688,520
Total COP 2,950,800

Infrastructure In Medellin

It’s a First World environment. Medellin boasts well-maintained roads and drinkable water along with dependable phone service, electricity, and high-speed Internet. You’ll find shopping galore, from mom-and-pop stores to upscale boutiques to a number of large, modern shopping malls. The banks and financial services are solid and dependable.

Climate In Medellin

The weather is perfect. Perched at an elevation of 5,000 feet (1,500 meters), it enjoys beautiful weather all year, with warm, balmy days and cool, pleasant nights. The average daytime high is 79 degrees Fahrenheit and the low is 63, with only one degree of seasonal variation. I like to say that Medellin is “room temperature” every day, all year.

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Colombia – Budget

Bucaramanga

Colombia is the economic rising star in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the world’s emerging economic leaders. Bucaramanga is the capital of the department of Santander in north-central Colombia. The city has the fifth largest economy in Colombia, and the sixth largest metropolitan area, with 1.2 million people. With a little under 550,000 people in the city proper, it’s about the size of Las Vegas.

Bucaramanga is known as Ciudad de los Parques (City of Parks), with more than 160 parks scattered within its borders. It is a safe place to settle, as long as you stay out of the poor areas. Most of the crime is concentrated in the northern comunas of the city.

Bucaramanga is a comfortable city for the visiting foreigner and the relocated retiree. And while it offers lots of other qualities and conveniences, it is first-and-foremost a place where you can feel at home.

Cost Of Living In Bucaramanga

Most of the town is neither rich nor poor—but rather a solid, middle-class setting without the extremes that many cities have. A couple can enjoy this lifestyle that Bucaramanga offers for as little as 2.5 million Colombian pesos per month.

Monthly Budget For A Couple Living In Bucaramanga, Colombia

Click here for currency conversion at today’s exchange rate.

Rent COP 880,000
Gas COP 27,721 Used for cooking.
Electricity COP 55,233 Not using heat or air conditioning.
Water COP 41,400
Telephone COP 90,000
Internet N/A Included with telephone.
Cable TV N/A Included with telephone.
Groceries COP 750,000
Entertainment COP 700,000
Total COP 2,544,354

 

Infrastructure In Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga offers an excellent infrastructure, with drinkable tap water, reliable electricity, and fast broadband Internet service at reasonable rates. A brand-new metrolinea public transit system is being phased into service to whisk commuters and travelers from one end of the city to the other.

The international airport is just outside of town, making access more convenient than you’d think, given Bucaramanga’s fairly remote location.

Healthcare here is leading-edge, and offered at a reasonable cost. The ten universities in the metro area bring a youthful, vibrant feel to many of the city’s sectors.

Climate In Bucaramanga

Bucaramanga sits on a large plateau, at a pleasant 960 meters (3,120 feet) above sea level. Given its proximity to the equator, this altitude provides for pleasant temperatures all year.

You can expect high temperatures of 81 degrees Fahrenheit and lows of 62. There is no seasonal temperature variation, with temperatures varying only one degree throughout the year. Unlike many tropical climates, there is no rainy season per se, and the total rainfall is around 1,200 millimeters (47 inches) per year, somewhat like the eastern United States. November through January is usually the driest period, while October and April are normally the wettest months. However, you’ll see some mix of rain and sunshine all year.