Broke need not mean a lack of luxury at five backpacker resorts in Colombia selected by the Huffington Post.
- Free coffee all day, a candle-lit dinner for around $7, Brooklyn brownstone architecture, and views over exotic green hills make La Serrana, Salento, a hard place to leave.
- It's foot-traffic only through palm trees into Costeno Beach, worth the trudge for the cold beer, hot meals, and nightly bonfires. This solar-powered idyll is run by two Canadian surf-coach brothers. Surfing not obligatory.
- Free salsa lessons and group outings to hip clubs lure the guests at Jovita's, a centrally located pad in happening Cali. Hammocks and lawn chairs are sprinkled over the sunny courtyard, and you can even pitch a tent.
- Live the high life in the highlands at Hostel Renacer in Villa de Leyva, a colonial town with Colombia's biggest plaza mayor. Firewood is free for nightly bonfires, the kiln does pizzas to perfection, and the hostel organises caving, waterfall rapelling, horse-riding, and other adventures.
- There's not much to do on Colombia's remote Pacific coast, which is why you go there. Chill out in a hammock for about $5 at The Humpback Turtle in El Valle, a beach town with only great views and good surf to recommend it.