Should you visit Asuncion or Salento?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Asuncion or Salento, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.
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.
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.
Which city 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 $59, while the average daily cost in Salento is $27. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Asuncion and Salento in more detail.
The prices for places to stay in Asuncion can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $19, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $38.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $9.23. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Salento the cost is $18 on average.
In Asuncion travelers spend around $15 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
While meal prices in Salento can vary, the average travelers spends about $7.74 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Salento should cost around $3.10 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Salento is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Asuncion
For Asuncion, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Asunción Dinner and Show Experience:
Private Tour: Asuncion at Night with Dinner Show:
Dinner Show in Asuncion:
To get around in Asuncion, the average visitor spends $7.68 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $12 per day to get around in Salento.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Asuncion
Also for Asuncion, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Airport Transfer: from Asuncion to Silvio Pettirossi Int. Airport (ASU):
Transfer in private car from Asuncion City to Asuncion Silvio Pettirosi Airport:
Transfer in private minivan from Asuncion City to Silvio Pettirosi Airport:
Round Trip Transfer Silvio Pettirossi Airport (ASU) to Asuncion City Center:
Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Asunción Airport:
Private Arrival Transfer: Asunción Airport to Hotel:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salento
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salento:
Arrival or Departure Transfer: Armenia Airport, Bus Station / Salento, Filandia:
In Asuncion, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $14 per person, per day.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $9.64 per person, per day in Salento. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Tours and Activities in Asuncion
For Asuncion, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Asunción Like a Local: Customized Private Tour:
City Tour Asunción:
2 Hours Catamaran Tour from the Asunción Bay with Audio Guide:
Private Tour: Golden Circuit from Asuncion:
Asuncion Birding Tour:
Asunción City Market Tour:
Asunción Small-Group Art and Cultural Walking Tour:
Cultural City 3 Hour Tour in Asuncion by Bus:
Private Half day city tour in Asuncion, Paraguay:
Golden Triangle Tour:
Crystal Fall - day tour in a reduced group:
Shopping tour in Asuncion:
Tours and Activities in Salento
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Salento are as follows:
3-Day Coffee Tour by Bike in Salento:
5 Day Coffee Culture Experience:
Cocora Valley & Hummingbirds House Adventure:
Cocora Valley + Horseback Riding Day Tour:
Cocora Valley on a Jeep & Hike Day Tour:
Coffee Amusement & Museum Park Day Tour:
Coffee Farm Hacienda El Ocaso Half-Day Tour:
Coffee Tour at Hacienda Venecia near Salento:
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Coffee Farm Tour (from Salento):
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Filandia Coffee Town (from Salento):
Full day coffee farm experience at Hacienda San Alberto from Salento:
Full-Day Coffee Farm Experience at Finca El Ocaso from Salento:
Typically, people visiting Asuncion spend on average $9.01 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
The average person spends about $9.45 on alcoholic beverages in Salento per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Typical Alcohol prices in Asuncion
Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Asuncion are as follows:
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.
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