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Monteria, Colombia “Pearl of the Sinú”

(Late-2023, 1 WEEK)

Summary: A simple, affordable Colombian city with a small nightlife walk street area (Pasaje del Sol). The benefits of Monetería are the easy beach access (1 hour), friendly locals, and the "authentic Colombian city" vibes some travelers seek.

Best Restaurant: El Rinconcito (hidden gem, zero reviews on Google)

To rent a personal moto-taxi for the day for about $9, I recommend Alen: +57.300.817.0999

  • The heat/humidity is not unbearable like Cartagena, though, it is just teetering at that level. It's not as bad as I thought.
  • Three modern shopping malls, two Smartfits (the largest gym chain in Colombia), one BodyTech, zero Starbucks
  • There is no cafe scene; some open at 3pm. La Trinidad del Cafe, a chain, is nice but does not have wifi. Neither do the shopping malls. The best coffee shop is El Café de Rigo
  • The Caribbean coast is 1-2 hours away for some beach vibes. Arboletes or Monitos.
  • Absolutely zero foreigners
  • Pasaje del Sol is the nightlife walking street which is convenient with a selection of restaruants.
  • To cross the river, one way is by boat which uses the water's current as energy (no motor) - $0.25
El Recreo and La Castellana are the nicer neighborhoods. In addition to Pasaje del Sol, La Granja has vibrant nightlife. Ronda Parque del Sinu is very nice and the longest in Latin America.
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I choose the items below as they’re generally available everywhere. Thus, easy for comparison. The prices reflect the cheapest option given my standard. In any estination you can find slightly cheaper prices if you wanted to sacrifice convenience (ie going to local market or out-of-town grocery store).
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  • Airbnb Nightly Rate
  • Coworking Day Pass
  • 1-Hour Massage
  • 1-Month Gym
  • Beard Trim
  • 16.9oz Water
  • 2KG Wash+Fold
  • Expresso
  • Salmon
  • Chicken Breast
  • Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Red Wine
COLOMBIAN PESO (COP)
  • 285,384
  • 16,000
  • -/KG
  • 5,100
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US DOLLARS ($)
  • 72
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 4.04
  • 0.00
  • 0.00/LB
  • 1.29
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