A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Banos vs. Manaus for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Banos or Manaus?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Banos and Manaus. 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, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Banos or Manaus?


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.


Manaus is a Brazilian city, capital of the state of Amazonas, and is located on the Rio Negro a few miles before it meets the Rio Solimões to form the Amazon River. The city is a major departure point for those visiting the Amazon Rainforest, though there are a few sights worth seeing within the city itself as well.

Which place is cheaper, Manaus or Banos?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Banos is $46, while the average daily cost in Manaus is $61. 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 Banos and Manaus in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Banos $16
    Manaus $44
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Banos $32
    Manaus $88
Compare Hotels in Banos and Manaus

Looking for a hotel in Banos or Manaus? 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 Banos

Hotels in Manaus

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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: Banos Hotel Prices and Manaus Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Banos $10
    Manaus $8.15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Manaus

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

  • Manaus to Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) -Departure Private Transfer: $21
  • Eduardo Gomes Airport (MAO) to Manaus - Arrival Private Transfer: $22
  • Eduardo Gomes Airport (MAO) to Manaus -RoundTrip Private Transfer: $44
  • Manaus Airport (MAO) to Manaus hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $24
  • Manaus Airport(MAO) to Manaus hotels- Round-Trip Private Transfer: $48
  • Manaus hotels to Manaus Airport(MAO) - Departure Private Transfer: $24
  • Manaus private Airport transfer: $20
  • Manaus to Eduardo Gomes Airport (MAO) -Departure Private Transfer: $22
  • Manaus to Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) - Departure Private Transfer: $23
  • One Way Shared Transfer from Airport to hotels in Manaus: $43
  • One Way Shared Transfer from hotels to Manaus airport: $43
  • Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) to Manaus - Arrival Private Transfer: $21

Is it cheaper to fly into Banos or Manaus?

Prices for flights to both Manaus and Banos 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 Meals for one day
    Banos $15
    Manaus $13
Typical Food Prices in Banos

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Banos:

  • Dinner
  • Ice cream
  • Coffee

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Manaus

For Manaus, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Folklore Amazonian Dinner Show: $42
  • Food Tour: $50

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Banos $19
    Manaus -
Typical Entertainment Prices in Banos

Here are a few typical costs in Banos for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:

  • Two Rented Bikes for the Day
  • Cost to see Waterfall
  • Day at the Spa
  • 2 Bike Rentals (1 Day)
  • Entrance to Waterfall

Tours and Activities in Banos

Here are a few actual costs in Banos for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Adventure and Fun River Rafting in Baños Ecuador: $35
  • 2 Hours Small-Group Horseback Riding Experience in Banos: $30
  • 3 Hours Small-Group Horseback Riding Experience in Baños: $40
  • 5-Hour Small-Group Horseback Riding Experience in Baños: $62
  • Adventure Circuit 4 activities in 1. All within an impressive cascade: $25
  • Adventure in Baños 3 Days 2 Nights: $225
  • Animalpark | Theme Park | Tours | funny | Ecuador: $45
  • Animalpark | Theme Park | Tours | naturally fun: $45
  • Baños Ecuador Biking Tour Waterfalls: $43
  • Baths Nature and Adventure 2 Days.: $190
  • Canopy 2000m in 6 Lines | An Adventure Circuit: $45
  • Canopy Ziplining in Puntzan Adventure Park: $26

Tours and Activities in Manaus

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

  • Walking Tours in Manaus: $15
  • Like a Local Customized Guided Welcome Tour: $30
  • Manaus City Tour e Musa: $50
  • City Tour in Manaus at Teatro Amazonas and Praça da Matriz: $50
  • MUSA and INPA Museums with Observation Tower Tour: $50
  • Half-Day City Tour: $54
  • Amazon Negro River Half-Day Expedition Tour: $55
  • Full-Day Tour on the Amazon River: $55
  • Amazon Waterfalls Tour: $56
  • Manaus Sightseeing Tour: $64
  • City Tour - The Best of Manaus: $64
  • Solimoes River Piranha Fishing and Alligator Watching Tour: $66

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Banos $9.74
    Manaus $2.91
Typical Alcohol Prices in Banos

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Banos from other travelers:

  • Beer

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Banos and Manaus, we can see that Manaus 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 Manaus would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Manaus than you might in Banos.

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

Which is Bigger, Banos or Manaus?

Manaus has a larger population, and is about 170 times larger than the population of Banos. When comparing the sizes of Banos and Manaus, 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.