We can now summarie our travels, we spent 80 days in Central America visiting every country except for Honduras, we averaged $32 a day per person. This includes every penny of spending from the attraction costs, accommodation, transport, food (our big expense) as well as our flight to Colombia. Costa Rica ended up being the most expensive country, followed by Beliz and Panama. On the other end Mexico and Guatemala were the cheapest with El Salvador and Nicaragua in between. To note, we spent quite a few nights couch surfing and hitchhiking, especially at the beginning, so our spendings might not always be the most accurate.
Food, transportation and accommodation followed by entertainment added up for most of our spendings in Central America. Even though the prices varied between the countries our accommodation cost stayed constant on about $20 a night for a private room. Transportation varied a lot from about $.60/h in El Salvador to $5/h in Costa Rica, so did food prices. Canteen meal in Costa Rica was a minimum of $5-6 where in Guatemala one could eat like a king for this amount.
Overall we could defiantly have done it cheaper by staying in dorm rooms or tents, cooking a lot more or skipping some of the many attractions but that’s not something we wanted to do. After all that’s why we’re traveling.
T I P S
☄ Never take the first price given to you, always try to negotiate you won’t believe how much prices can change.
☄ We use Spendee app for keeping track of our spendings.