Should you visit Buzios or Manaus?
Should I visit Buzios or Manaus? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
Initially a fishing village, Armação dos Buzios is a small beach resort town about three hours from Rio de Janeiro by bus. Buzios is a common weekend getaway destination for Cariocas. With 23 beaches, visitors from all over come to swim, snorkel, surf and enjoy sun and sand.
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 city is cheaper, Manaus or Buzios?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Buzios is $60, while the average daily cost in Manaus is $46. 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 Buzios and Manaus in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $58 in Buzios For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $66 in Manaus For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
The price of a meal in Buzios can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $19 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $7.60 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Food in Manaus costs travelers about $9.72 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
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Manaus
For Manaus, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Folklore Themed Dinner - Jantar FolclÃ³rico TemÃ¡tico:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Buzios than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $15 on transportation in Buzios on average per day.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Manaus than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $6.22 on transportation in Manaus on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Manaus
Also for Manaus, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Eduardo Gomes International Airport:
Manaus Airport: 1-Hour Shared Transfer to Manaus Hotels:
Transfers from the airport to any place in Manaus City:
Private Transfers in Manaus Amazon:
Shared Transfer from Airport to hotels in Manaus:
Shared Transfer from hotels to Manaus airport:
Manaus Transfer/Sightseeing with an English Speaking Tour Guide:
Sightseeing expenses in Buzios, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $21 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Buzios
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Buzios.
Half-Day Schooner Sightseeing Trip in Buzios Peninsula Beaches:
Tour in Boat Tour in Buzios:
Tours and Activities in Manaus
For Manaus, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
2-Day Amazon Jungle Tour to Anaconda Lodge/Rio Negro:
3 Day Amazon River Boat Tour:
3 Days Amazon Jungle Adventure Tour:
3-Day Amazon Jungle Adventure Tour to Juma Eco Lodge:
3-Day Amazon Jungle Tour to Rio Negro/Anaconda Lodge:
3-Day Manaus Amazon Jungle Adventure:
3-Day Rio Negro River Cruise from Manaus:
3-Hour Manaus City Tour:
4 Day Rio Negro River Cruise:
4 Days Amazon Jungle Adventure Tour:
4-Day Amazon Tour to Anaconda Lodge/Rio Negro:
4-Day Manaus Amazon Jungle Adventure:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Buzios, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $14.
Typically, people visiting Manaus spend on average $2.22 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Buzios and Manaus, we can see that Buzios is more expensive. And not only is Manaus much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Manaus would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Manaus 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 Buzios would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Buzios than you might in Manaus.
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