The Costs of Central America

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The below table is a recapitulative table of the cost of various items in each country visited.  Due to the inflation rates of some countries, those prices are obviously subject to change. Prices are also not constant in all the localities of a country (we usually kept the cheapest prices) and products are sometimes slightly different. 

The exchange rate was correct at the time of writing but is obviously subject to variation. We will not update the table from this point of view as local prices often follow those changes (if the dollar appreciate, local prices will often increase to maintain the same revenue). The table expressed in US$ should therefore remain more or less accurate and provide a fair comparison between the countries. 

Please help us to cover other countries & maintain those tables updated (refer to the table with costs expressed in local currency)

See also the Global Costs Table (Central America & Asia together)

 

Costs expressed in US$

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  Guatemala Honduras Nicaragua Costa Rica Panama
Exchange Rate for one US$ :
(at the time of writing)
7.65 15.3 13.3 326 1
Quetzal Lempira Coroba Colon US$
           
Water (1) liter 0.13 0.26 0.00 0.00 0.00
Coca cola can 0.39 0.65 0.53 0.67 0.50
Local beer (2) 660ml 1.04 0.65 0.75 0.92 1.00
Ice cream Magnum 1.31 1.18 1.35(6) 1.23 1.20
Cake/bread   0.33 0.33 0.23 0.46 0.25
Banana unit 0.03 0.03 0.04 0.03 0.05
Basic meat dish   1.31 1.63 1.50 2.45 1.35
Toilet paper roll 0.13 0.13 0.23 0.14 0.25
Soap Safeguard 0.46 0.46 0.47 0.52 0.50
Washing powder 1 dose 0.07 0.09 0.09 0.11 0.10
AA Battery (3) x2 1.83 1.63 1.58 1.30 1.20
Kodak Film 200 x36 3.92 5.56 6.24 6.32 5.15
Development (4)   7.84 7.19 16.99 12.12 13.00
Internet hour 1.31 1.63 1.50 0.92 1.50(8)
Tel call to Europe 1mn 0.78 0.29 2.11 1.25 1.25
Stamps to Europe 10gr 0.46 0.65 0.75 0.31 0.50
Average GH (5)   2.61 3.92 4.51 5.00(7) 6.00
           
Total Cost US$   23.94 26.30 38.86 33.74 33.80
Cost Indice   1.14 1.25 1.85(9) 1.61(10) 1.61
  Guatemala Honduras Nicaragua Costa Rica Panama

(1) Water : tap water usually potable in Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama. Otherwise very expensive 
(2) Local 660ml Beer : ordered in small restaurant or bought in shops when too expensive
(3) Battery : Duracell or Panasonic Alcaline
(4) Development film : 3R size on Kodak paper
(5) Average Guesthouse : average spending for a Single room or Dbl with single occupancy rates
(6) Article not available
(7) Cost during the low season, at least 20% more in HS
(8) Free internet in a few GH in Panama City
(9) A few items are ridiculously expensive in Nicaragua but, except those, the cost is similar to Guatemala & Honduras
(10) Costa Rica is actually the most expensive country to visit, due to the high entrance fees to nearly all the attractions (National Parks)

Costs expressed in local currencies

  Guatemala Honduras Nicaragua Costa Rica Panama
  Quetzal Lempira Coroba Colon US$
           
Water liter 1.00 4.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Coca cola can 3.00 10.00 7.00 220.00 0.50
Local beer 660ml 7.92 10.00 10.00 300.00 1.00
Ice cream Magnum 10.00 18.00 18.00 400.00 1.20
Cake/bread   2.50 5.00 3.00 150.00 0.25
Banana unit 0.25 0.50 0.50 10.00 0.05
Basic meat dish   10.00 25.00 20.00 800.00 1.35
Toilet paper roll 1.00 2.00 3.00 45.00 0.25
Soap Safeguard 3.50 7.00 6.20 168.00 0.50
Washing-powder  1 dose 0.50 1.40 1.15 35.00 0.10
AA Battery x2 14.00 25.00 21.00 423.00 1.20
Kodak Film 200 x36 30.00 85.00 83.00 2060.00 5.15
Development   60.00 110.00 226.00 3950.00 13.00
Internet hour 10.00 25.00 20.00 300.00 1.50
Tel call to Europe 1mn 6.00 4.50 28.00 407.00 1.25
Stamps to Europe 10gr 3.50 10.00 10.00 100.00 0.50
Average GH   20.00 60.00 60.00 1630.00 6.00
           
  Guatemala Honduras Nicaragua Costa Rica Panama