Understanding Colombian Money

This blog entry is ongoing work

Colombian money is confusing even for Colombians due to a relatively recent change of the bills.

First lets start with punctuation

We use a comma for cents. eg. Fifty cents = ,50 (we no longer use cents, but is good to know)
We use a dot for thousands. eg. One thousand = 1.000
We use an apostrophe for millions. eg. One million = 1'000.000

Keep in mind that this article is not historically accurate, I'll talk about the people or things in the coins and bills on a very superficial level


Coin are used a lot on daily life, we currently have 2 sets of 50, 100, 200, 500 coins and one set of the  1.000 pesos coin

 Denomination Comment Old  New Picture
 50 This is the coin you give as change when you hate someone and you want to screw them over, the only reason this exist is to annoy businesses. SIlver looking coin with a Colombian coat of arms and a big "50" on the other side  Has an animal that look like a polar bear, but is in fact spectacled bear.  
1.000   If you find an old one, keep it. it however doesn't have any value nowadays, government phased it out because it was too easy to counterfit. This is our most good looking coin   



Denomination  Comment Old New Picture
 1.000  Grossest bill you will ever lay hands on since is the most used bill for day to day operations.  Collectors item it features a guy whose murder incited one of the most violent times in Bogota   
 10.000   This one features the most badass Colombian woman, her name was Policarpa and she was a spy who died by firing squad while cursing the Spanish     
100.000 SInce the 3 years these have been in circulation i've only seen them 3 times, having one of these is like having a check, nobody will accept them, so make sure that if you are unlucky to get one you get rid of it as soon as possible   N/A

This bill features Gabriel Marquez, our Literature Nobel price winner, everyone knows who he is, but less than 10% of the population in Colombia have read his novels.


Do you accept credit card?

Yes!, but  only Visa and Master Card, and we don't take debit.

We also take all kind of crypto currencies like Bitcoin, ethereum, dash, zcash among many others as well as Paypal,

On FIAT we take Euros, US/Canadian/Australian dollars, British pound and Japanese Yen.


Update 08 May 2019

About 6 months ago we started charging 5% for credit card payments due to increase in fees by the fucking banks.

Name Confusion

We would like to make clear that we have absolutely nothing to do with the "Da Black Almond Guesthouse" or "Posada Almond Bay" in San Andres island, although i don't think they meant harm with their names, is a bit unfortunate they picked similar names to ours for lodging services. Lately we have been getting lots of calls asking about them and even got a review by some confused dyslexic soul which was shortly erased.

We have been in business over 6 years on the same location in Los Almendros neighborhood, our phone number is +57 (8) 513 0831 (which we rarely answer) our National Tourism Registry is 29218 and nobody besides our staff should give you any information regarding the hostel.

When you get into a taxi, make sure the guy knows the place where you are going and before you unload your things make sure you are getting dropped off at the correct address.

Thinking about doing laundry? think again.

As the backpacker movement makes their way more and more into San Andres and Providencia thanks to new airline connectivity a few problems and misconceptions have arisen. One of the most recurring ones is where to do laundry in San Andres.

We used to do laundries at the hostel for $1000 per item, but quickly realized that the profit was existent and that we rather save the water so we can give you clean sheets and towels instead of having pocket change at a loss.

The reason why doing your laundry in San Andres is disgustingly expensive is that we pay the highest electricity in Colombia, is so expensive the government subsidies 50% for household if we stay below certain kilowatts, if you go over those kilowatts we have to pay the full price and water is a very scarce resource, we are extremely dependent on the rain and 2015 is one of the worse years on record, we have barely got any rain.

Where to do laundry in San Andres.
There's only 2 places that we know of that do laundry in the island, one is located right in front on "Nene's Marina" right besides the newly open Subway, they charge $7.000 COP per item, yes, you read that right PER ITEM! (socks being one item)
The second place is quite hidden in a small shopping center only locals know, ask for the main Claro office and follow a little alley until you see them, they are the only ones that charge per kilo, but each kilo cost 10.000 and they ask for a minimum of 3 kilos per load.

Can I have a bucket and do laundry at the hostel?

AbsoFUCKINGlutely no. We currently only have 12.000 liters of water and 22 beds, which have to last us a week at least. doing your laundry in the sink is not only inconvenient for us, but also insulting to other guest.

Bottom line is we highly advice advice you to do your laundry before you come to San Andres, that will save you money and time that you can better spend exploring our island.


Reto Ahorremos Agua

Blue Almond Hostel te invita a que te unas a este reto, si vienes a pasar unos días a la isla

ten en cuenta los siguientes 5 puntos:

1. Vienes a una isla en el Caribe de origen coralino.

2. La isla cuenta con 2 fuentes de agua subterráneas que se alimenta de las aguas lluvias y que por el cambio climático las estaciones se han alterado y la mayoría del

3. La escasa de superficie terrestre, la permeabilidad y porosidad de la roca caliza hacen que los acuíferos estén expuestos a la contaminación.

4. La población es superior a 60.0000 habitantes aproximadamente.

5. La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) y la UNICEF proponen un mínimo de 20

litros diarios para las necesidades más básicas por persona.

En los países desarrollados el consumo de agua por persona diario es superior a 120 litros llegando hasta 300 litros en países como Estados Unidos.  La isla no puede soportar estos consumos tan altos de agua, además recuerda que llegaras a una Reserva de Biosfera, que día a día busca cumplir con su objetivo.

Por lo anterior, te invitamos a cuando llegues a la Isla y al Blue Almond Hostel practiques

1. En la ducha por menos de cinco minutos y no te duches más de 2 veces por día

2. Cuando laves los trastes o platos, ordénelos antes de lavarlos y cierra la llave cierra la llave cuando los enjabones, así evitará tiempos muertos con la llave abierta.

3. Cepíllate los dientes utilizando sólo un vaso de agua.

4. Cierre la llave mientras te enjabonas al lavarte las manos.

5. Enjuga tus equipos de deporte como buceo, kitesurf y snorkeling entre otros con la menor cantidad de agua posible.

6. Ayúdanos a concientizar a los que estén cerca de la importancia del tema.

Nosotros desde el hostal hemos implementado varios tips para el ahorro del agua:

- Todos nuestros grifos (duchas, lavamanos y lavaplatos) cuentan con ahorrador de

- Las cisternas de los baños han sido modificadas para el ahorro.

- Las toallas y sabanas no son cambiadas todos los días.

- Almacenamos agua lluvia con nuestro sistema de recolección y almacenamiento establecido en la infraestructura del hostal.

Únetenos al reto AHORREMOS AGUA!

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Important Information

  • Looking far into the future? Most of our guests are spontaneous travelers, so we only open up availability 1-2 months prior to arrival date.
  • We don't take 1 night bookings in neither hostel(they are not profitable for us) and we ONLY take online reservations.