Should you visit Asuncion or Santa Cruz de la Sierra?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Asuncion or Santa Cruz de la Sierra, 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.
Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, or simply Santa Cruz, is a larger city in the middle of Bolivia. It is also one of the most wealthy cities in the country. The city is also one of the fastest growing in the world. It is famous for its nightlife and it makes an excellent base for exploring many of the tourist attractions in the nearby areas.
Which city is cheaper, Santa Cruz de la Sierra 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 Santa Cruz de la Sierra is $43. 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 Santa Cruz de la Sierra 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.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $36 for a double occupancy room in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
Hotel or hostel for one person
Santa Cruz de la Sierra $18
Typical double-occupancy room
Santa Cruz de la Sierra
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.
The price of a meal in Santa Cruz de la Sierra can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $16 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $6.40 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
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:
Typical Food prices in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Santa Cruz de la Sierra:
To get around in Asuncion, the average visitor spends $7.62 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.
The average price of local transportation around Santa Cruz de la Sierra is $7.94 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
Santa Cruz de la Sierra $7.94
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):
Private Arrival Transfer: Asunción Airport to Hotel:
Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Asunción Airport:
Round Trip Transfer Silvio Pettirossi Airport (ASU) to Asuncion City Center:
Transfer in private car from Asuncion City to Asuncion Silvio Pettirosi Airport:
Transfer in private minivan from Asuncion City to Silvio Pettirosi Airport:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Santa Cruz de la Sierra:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Santa Cruz de la Sierra:
Departure Private Transfer Santa Cruz to Santa Cruz Airport VVI by S-Cross Sx4:
Departure Private Transfer Santa Cruz City to Santa Cruz Airport VVI by Minibus:
Arrival Private Transfer Santa Cruz Airport VVI to Santa Cruz City by SCross Sx4:
Arrival Private Transfer Santa Cruz Airport VVI to Santa Cruz City by Minibus:
In Asuncion, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $14 per person, per day.
Santa Cruz de la Sierra's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $15 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
Santa Cruz de la Sierra $15
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:
Typically, people visiting Asuncion spend on average $8.95 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Santa Cruz de la Sierra may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typical Alcohol prices in Asuncion
Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Asuncion are as follows:
Typical Alcohol prices in Santa Cruz de la Sierra
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Santa Cruz de la Sierra from other travelers:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Asuncion and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, we can see that Asuncion is more expensive. And not only is Santa Cruz de la Sierra much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Santa Cruz de la Sierra would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Santa Cruz de la Sierra 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 Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
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