- 7 nights in GRANDPAcking Standard accommodation
- Food & Drink
- Mobile Data / Communications
- Entry to the Palenque Ruins
- A Jungle Trek Tour
- Antibiotics for an infection
- 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 Margarita & Ed’s met ‘GRANDPAcking Standard’.
Our room had 2 Double beds and a private hot water bathroom.
They quoted a low season rate of MXP340 / night but, after a bit of jousting, I got this down further to MXP320 (US$18).
It was nice sitting outside listening to the noises of the jungle at night. Especially the howler monkeys.
I also walked the 4kms from El Panchan to the Ruins and back (50 minutes each way) and walked the 5 kms back from Palenque Town one day. Both are pleasant walks.
Communications & Fees:
I had, previously, purchased an AT&T SIMcard in Playa Del Carmen. In San Cristobal 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. I didn’t need to top it up any more in El Panchan.
In El Panchan your own simcard is fairly useless as you need to get to Don Muchos to get good internet. However, it proved useful for Google Maps etc once I got out and about.
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 MXP133 / day on food.
I don’t really eat Lunch anymore. A good Breakfast keeps me going until Dinner time. But, I bought groceries / snacks from the Palenque Supermarket to keep the cost of Lunches down.
My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was MXP439 / NZ$35 / US$25 / €22 / £19.
COST OF LIVING (COL):
My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were MXP559 / NZ$45 / US$32 / €28 / £24. This was more than enough to LIVE on.
Drink / Partying:
I spent MXP164 on various personal items including Bug Spray.
Entertainment / Trips:
Other / Gifts:
I have included tips for food in the price of the food (above).
My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at MXP613 / NZ$49 / US$35 / €31 / £27 per day. This was 62% of my total budget … I had 38% 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):
I suggest that GRANDPAckers do NOT pre-book (with someone like BOOKING.COM or EXPEDIA.COM or AGODA.COM). Just turn up and walk around. GRANDPAckers should easily be able to get something acceptable for MXP300 / night (US$17). This will get you something acceptable short term or something nicer for a long term stay.
Don’t expect to get Breakfasts included at these prices.
I have included a prepaid 1 Month plan with 1GB of data for MXP300.
Water should be free at your hotel.
The ‘Cost Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about MXP790 / NZ$63 / US$45 / €40 / £34 per day.
COST OF LIVING (CoL):
This leaves you 21% of your daily budget to LIVE on: about MXP207 / NZ$17 / US$12 / €10 / £9 per day.
This is not much but, with that money, you can:
- Both get into the ruins (MXP140 entry plus MXP60 for the return Colectivo)
- Buy 4 1.2L Corona beers
- Buy 3 cocktails
- Save up for 5 days and go on a Day Tour
El Panchan is a good Holiday Destination for GRANDPAckers.
One week will be enough.
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