Should you visit Brasilia or Salento?
Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Brasilia and Salento can help you decide which place is right for you.
The capital city of Brazil, Brasilia is a uniquely-planned city that was constructed in four years from 1956-1960 in the shape of a large bird or airplane. Renowned for its modern architecture, the city listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and attracts architecture aficionados worldwide. For more information about this, check out this guide to architecture in Brasilia.
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 Brasilia?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Brasilia is $67, 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 Brasilia and Salento in more detail.
Brasilia's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $56. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $28.
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.
The price of a meal in Brasilia can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $26 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $10 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
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
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $18 per day to get around in Brasilia.
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 Brasilia
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Brasilia:
Private Airport Transfer: Brasilia International Airport (BSB) to Brasilia:
Private Airport Transfer: from Brasilia to Brasilia International Airport (BSB):
Private Transfer: International Airport of Brasilia (BSB) to Brasilia:
Private Transfer: Brasilia to International Airport of Brasilia (BSB):
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salento
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salento:
Arrival or Departure Transfer: Armenia Airport, Bus Station / Salento, Filandia:
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $16 per person, per day in Brasilia. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
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 Brasilia
Here are a few actual costs in Brasilia for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
City Tour Brasilia Noturna:
Half Day city Tour:
Half Day Cultural Tour:
Tours and Activities in Salento
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Salento are as follows:
Permaculture and Traditional Coffee Tour at Momota Salento:
Cocora Valley & Hummingbirds House Adventure:
Cocora Valley on a Jeep & Hike Day Tour:
Coffee Farm Hacienda El Ocaso Half-Day Tour:
Full-Day Coffee Farm Experience at Finca El Ocaso from Salento:
Coffee Amusement & Museum Park Day Tour:
Cocora Valley + Horseback Riding Day Tour:
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Filandia Coffee Town (from Salento):
Santa Rosa de Cabal and Hot Springs Full-Day Tour:
Full day coffee farm experience at Hacienda San Alberto from Salento:
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Coffee Farm Tour (from Salento):
Wax Palms, Salento and Coffee Private Full Day Tour:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Brasilia may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $12 per day on alcoholic beverages.
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.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Brasilia and Salento, we can see that Brasilia 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 Brasilia would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Brasilia than you might in Salento.
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