Should you visit Banos or Bogota?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Banos and Bogota. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.
Banos (de Agua Santa) is a small city in the Andean highlands of Ecuador under volcano Tungurahua. Its name, which is Spanish for "Baths (of sacred water)," comes from the famous hydrothermal springs in the area. It's equally popular with foreigners as with Ecuadorians, and is known as the adventure capital of Ecuador. The streets are lined with hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, and tour agencies. Although it is very touristy, lots of people love it, more for the activities and surroundings than for the city itself. It is an important hub for outdoor sports and jungle tours.
Sprawling across a high altitude in the Columbian Andes region, Bogota is the capital city of Columbia. It is a mix of the old and new with century-old plazas and churches shadowed by towering skyscrapers, museums representing the history, art, and culture of the region, as well as a mix of distinct neighborhoods from quaint and historic to trendy and contemporary.
Which city is cheaper, Bogota or Banos?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Banos is $37, while the average daily cost in Bogota 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 Banos and Bogota in more detail.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $24 for a double occupancy room in Banos.
The prices for places to stay in Bogota can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $22, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $44.
Food in Banos costs travelers about $12 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Food in Bogota costs travelers about $11 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Banos
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Banos:
Typical Food prices in Bogota
For Bogota, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bogota
For Bogota, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Food Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá:
Bogotá Street Food Tour:
PALOQUEMAO MARKET FOOD TOUR. EXOTIC FRUIT. LOCAL SNACKS. /Min 2 pax:
Flavors of Colombia: Chapinero Street Food Tour:
Cooking Lesson and Gourmet Colombian Meal with a Professional Chef in Bogota:
Local Market Tour and Private Gourmet Cooking Lesson with a Chef in Bogotá:
Private Street Food Tour In Bogota:
Tropical Abundance: Interactive Cooking Class in Bogota:
Private Gastronomy Tour Including Cooking Class:
The average price of local transportation around Banos is $8.27 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.
To get around in Bogota, the average visitor spends $7.23 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.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Bogota
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Bogota are as follows:
Taxi from Airport
2 Bus Passes
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bogota
Also for Bogota, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Andres Carne de Res Chia • Premium Private Transfer • Keep Safe from Covid:
Andres Carne de Res Restaurant Round-Trip Transfer Private Tour:
Arrival Private Transfer Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City by Business Car:
Arrival Private Transfer Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City in a Luxury Van:
Arrival Private Transfer from Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City by 2x4 Vehicle:
Arrival Private Transfer from Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City by Minibus:
Arrival Private Transfer from Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City by Minivan:
Bogota Airport Pick-up (transfer service):
Departure Private Transfer Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Business Car:
Departure Private Transfer Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Luxury Van:
Departure Private Transfer from Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG by 2x4 Vehicle:
Departure Private Transfer from Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Minibus:
Banos'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.
In Bogota, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $11 per person, per day.
Typical Entertainment prices in Banos
Here are a few typical costs in Banos for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:
Tours and Activities in Banos
Here are a few actual costs in Banos for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Adventure in Baños 3 Days 2 Nights:
Baños's Top Attractions Pass (Save 10% on tickets):
Chimborazo Volcano from Baños private day Tour:
Fishing Tour & Local Life in Baños:
Typical Entertainment prices in Bogota
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Bogota's activities, tours, and tickets:
Tours and Activities in Bogota
For Bogota, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
The Walking Tour At Home:
Colonial Bogotá, La Candelaria Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap:
Classic Sights and Hidden Histories of Bogota Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap:
Bogotá: La Macarena to Parque Nacional Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap:
Paranormal Candelaria: Find the terror and the stories. Tour Immersive 3D:
Divercity Bogotá Admission Ticket:
Shared Monserrate Tour:
La Macarena & Perseverancia walking tour-The Other History of Bogota Colonial:
Shared Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá:
Shared Walking Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá:
Cycling tour in Simon Bolivar Park and Virgilio Barco Library:
Memories of political violence : Bogota alternative walking tour:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Banos may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.79 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typically, people visiting Bogota spend on average $11 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typical Alcohol prices in Banos
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Banos from other travelers:
Sample the Local Flavors in Bogota
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bogota:
Brewery and Craft Beer Tour in Bogotá:
Pub Crawl in Bogotá:
Pub Crawl Tour in La Candelaria:
Gay bar crawling in Bogotá!:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Banos and Bogota, we can see that Bogota is more expensive. And not only is Banos much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Banos would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Banos 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 Bogota would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Bogota than you might in Banos.
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