A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Asuncion vs. Salento for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Asuncion or Salento?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Asuncion or Salento, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Asuncion or Salento?

Asuncion

Asuncion is a vastly underrated city. It is the capital but also the administrative economic and cultural center of Paraguay. It is located in the south central part of the country, near the border with Argentina and it is one of the oldest cities in South America, with people living here since almost 500 years. The city has a beautiful and simple center, with a few unique colonial and beaux arts buildings, international cuisine, shady plazas and friendly people. Its handful of historic buildings around the Plaza de los Heroes, Plaza Uruguaya and Manzana de la Ribera, two or three small museums, old bars and cafes, but also smart suburbs, ritzy shopping malls and fashionable nightclubs will keep you entertained for a day or two. It is a very charming city for travellers and apart from the sights, the city boasts a good tourist infrastructure with hotels and restaurants.

Salento

Founded in 1850, Salento is one of the oldest towns in Quindio. This colonial Colombian town has retained much of its old world charm, with its colorful buildings, large square and, of course, the obligatory church. Because the main route between Cali and Bogota which used to pass through Salento was diverted, the town didn't develop as quickly as others in the Quindio region. This gave Salento the opportunity to evolve into a thriving community of craftsmen and artisans as well as remaining one of the region's most prolific coffee producers. Salento is located 24 km northeast of the departmental capital Armenia. However, unlike its colorful neighbor, Armenia itself has very little to offer tourists. Salento attracts those wishing to learn about the coffee regions and for those who simply admire breathtaking scenery, and especially the stunning Cocora Valley.

For some great organized tour ideas, see Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Colombia, and The Best Adventure Tours to Colombia.


Which place is cheaper, Salento or Asuncion?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Asuncion is $67, while the average daily cost in Salento is $30. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Asuncion and Salento in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Asuncion $22
    Salento $11
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Asuncion $44
    Salento $22
Compare Hotels in Asuncion and Salento

Looking for a hotel in Asuncion or Salento? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Asuncion


Hotels in Salento


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Asuncion Hotel Prices and Salento Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Asuncion $8.62
    Salento $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Asuncion

Also for Asuncion, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer in Private Car from Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $17
  • Transfer in private car from Asuncion City - Asuncion Airport (ASU): $17
  • Transfer in private minivan from Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $23
  • Transfer in private minivan Asuncion City - Silvio Pettirosi Airport (ASU): $23
  • RoundTrip Private Transfer Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $33
  • RoundTrip Transfer in Private Minivan Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $46

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salento

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salento:

  • Pereira Airport Private Transfer Service: $55

Is it cheaper to fly into Asuncion or Salento?

Prices for flights to both Salento and Asuncion change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Asuncion $17
    Salento $8.83

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Salento

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Salento.

  • Cooking Stories - Cocinando Historias: $46

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Asuncion $16
    Salento $11

Tours and Activities in Asuncion

For Asuncion, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Asuncion : Custom Walking Tour with A Guide (Private Tour): $34
  • Walking Tour with a Local in Asuncion "The Mother of Cities": $35
  • Asunción Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $35
  • Asuncion Birding Tour: $70
  • Crystal Fall - day tour in a reduced group: $85
  • Golden Triangle Tour: $110
  • Birding and Nature Chaco Tour: $140
  • Paraguay River Nature and Wildlife Boat Tour from Asunción: $160
  • Half-Day Yparacai Lake Tour from Asuncion with Pick Up: $185
  • Day tour “Circuito San Bernardino”: $214
  • Day tour “Circuito Sapucai”: $221
  • Full day Paraguay River Nature and Wildlife Boat Tour: $230

Tours and Activities in Salento

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Salento are as follows:

  • Book a Private Tourist Guide through the Coffee Region: $133
  • Cocoa and Coffee Farm Tours from Pereira or Armenia: $177
  • Cocora Valley and Salento Hike Tour: $88
  • Cocora Valley and Salento Horseback Riding Day Tour: $137
  • Cocora Valley and Salento Private Hike Tour: $89
  • Cocora Valley, Salento and Coffee Farm Day Tour : $127
  • Cocora, Salento and Filandia Tour: $100
  • Coffee Experience: Daily departure from Salento: $85
  • Coffee Farm and Salento Walking Tour with Lunch: $87
  • Coffee Tour and Salento Walking Tour with lunch: $90
  • Coffee tour in the heart of the coffee region: $28
  • Filandia and Salento Coffee Towns Tour: $59

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Asuncion $10
    Salento $11
Typical Alcohol Prices in Asuncion

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Asuncion are as follows:


  • Beer
    $1.20


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Asuncion and Salento, we can see that Asuncion is more expensive. And not only is Salento much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Salento would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Salento and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Asuncion would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Asuncion than you might in Salento.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Asuncion Expensive? and Is Salento Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Asuncion or Salento?

Asuncion has a larger population, and is about 360 times larger than the population of Salento. When comparing the sizes of Asuncion and Salento, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.