- 7 nights in GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation
- Food & Drink
- Mobile Data / Communications
- A trip to Chamula
- Some special one-off costs (e.g. replacement equipment)
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Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures.
MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS:
My costs are broken down into:
- Cost of Existence: The basic costs of just being there
- Cost of Living: The additional costs that make being there fun
COST OF EXISTENCE (COE):
My costs are purely provided for information purposes. I do not always follow ‘GRANDPAcking Standards’. In fact, I deviate from them all of the time! But, my costs are real costs and they may help you formulate your own budget.
My accommodation at the Albufera met ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’. I stayed in a 1 Bedroom Apartment.
The apartment was 400 meters from the Old Town center.
I paid a total of MXP336 / night (US$19).
Communications & Fees:
I had, previously, purchased an AT&T SIMcard in Playa Del Carmen. I topped it up with MXP300 and bought their 1 month ‘300’ Plan with free Facebook, free Whatsapp, built-in calls & texts, and 1GB of Data.
In San Cris, this was ‘over-kill’ as you should get good internet in your accommodation and many restaurants and bars offer good, free internet connection. However, I was looking more-long term (with Palenque as my next destination).
AT&T have a good signal in San Cris.
My 180 Day Visitor’s Visa was free. However, on exiting Mexico, I will have to pay MXP500. Given that I will only be in Mexico for 2 weeks this time, my daily Visa Apportionment is high at MXP36 / day.
Food & Drink:
I averaged MXP143 / day on food.
I bought groceries from the local Supermarket and ate Breakfast at my apartment. Each morning I ate fruit, yogurt, and muesli … followed by eggs, bacon, toast, fried plantain, and fried tomato. I had unlimited filtered coffee. My average cost for Breakfast came down to only MXP34 / day.
I don’t really eat Lunch anymore. A good Breakfast keeps me going until Dinner time. But, I did have the odd snack when out and about.
My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was MXP488 / NZ$39 / US$28 / €25 / £22.
COST OF LIVING (COL):
My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were MXP516 / NZ$41 / US$29 / €26 / £22. This was more than enough to LIVE on.
Drink / Partying:
I was out almost every night. On the nights that I stayed in, I had some wine that I purchased in my groceries. I averaged MXP83 / day on drinks.
I had my hair cut at the market (MXP40) and did my laundry (at MXP12 / Kg).
Entertainment / Trips:
I bought a small backpack (Day Pack) down the market for MXP200.
Other / Gifts:
I have included tips for food in the price of the food (above).
My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at MXP612 / NZ$49 / US$33 / €31 / £27 per day. This was 61% of my total budget … I had 39% left to play with. I had all the money that I needed to have a fun time.
WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:
Again, costs are broken down into:
- Cost Of Existence
- Cost Of Living
COST OF EXISTENCE (COE):
Once in San Cris, GRANDPAckers can have a look around for something better. GRANDPAckers should easily be able to get something nice for US$15 / night.
Don’t expect to get Breakfasts included at these prices.
I have included a prepaid 1 Month plan with 1GB of data for MXP300.
I have budgeted for you to eat an ‘average’ priced Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in local cafes away from the expensive Old Town tourist area.
The ‘Cost Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about MXP715 / NZ$57 / US$41 / €36 / £32 per day.
COST OF LIVING (CoL):
This leaves you 29% of your daily budget to LIVE on: about MXP288 / NZ$23 / US$16 / €15 / £13 per day.
But, like the other ‘Magic Towns’ in Mexico, it is relatively expensive: you will be paying for the privilege.
There are better (and cheaper) places for GRANDPAckers in Mexico.
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