Should you visit Buzios or Medellin?
Should I visit Buzios or Medellin? 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.
In addition to big improvements in public safety, Medellin has witnessed a huge surge in urban development projects, including Colombia's first metro system and cable cars to service poorer neighborhoods located high on the mountain sides. There is an abundance of parks, libraries, museums and public spaces with many cultural events taking place. Many travelers also enjoy visiting the surrounding villages, where life is simple and landscapes and nature reserves are wonderful. Medellin has now become one of the "it" cities in the world, with tons of tourists visiting and foreigners settling and retiring here. Beautiful mountains, warm weather, friendly locals, and a vibrant culture are just a few of the reasons why you should visit Medellin.
Which city is cheaper, Medellin or Buzios?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Buzios is $57, while the average daily cost in Medellin is $16. 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 Medellin in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $56 in Buzios For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $3.47. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Medellin the cost is $6.94 on average.
The price of a meal in Buzios can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $18 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $7.20 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 Medellin costs travelers about $6.13 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 Medellin
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Medellin:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Medellin
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Medellin.
Medellin Local Flavours: Night Street Private Food Tour:
Half-day Medellín Street Food tour with a local guide:
Homemade Paisa Dinner at a Local's Home in Medellín:
Homemade Paisa Dinner at a Local's Home in Medellín:
Community project cooking class and Medellin social transformation tour:
Private Market Tour and Colombian Cooking Lesson With a Local Family in Medellin:
Withlocals LIVE Meditation and Online Cooking for a Healthy Mind and Body:
Medellín Food Tour:
Sabaneta and Envigado Best Local Food Tour from Medellin:
Full Day Private Medellin City, Street Art and Food Tour:
Private Market Tour & Colombian Cooking Lesson with a Local in her Medellín Home:
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 $14 on transportation in Buzios on average per day.
The average price of local transportation around Medellin is $2.29 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.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Medellin
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Medellin:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Medellin
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Medellin:
Private Transfer: Medellin to José María Córdova International Airport (MDE):
Private Transfer: Medellin to Olaya Herrera International Airport (EOH):
Private Transfer: Olaya Herrera International Airport (EOH) to Medellin:
Private Round Transfer to Guatape lakes and Penol rock!:
Departure Private Transfer from Medellin City to Medellin Airport MDE by Minibus:
Departure Private Transfer from Medellin City to Medellin Airport MDE by Minivan:
Medellin Coffee Tour with transfer:
Transfer Jose Maria Cordoba Airport -Hotel or Accommodation:
Departure Private Transfer from Medellin City to Medellin Airport MDE by 2x4 Car:
Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer: MDE Medellin Airport to Medellin City:
Medellín Private Transfer to / from Guatapé:
Private Arrival Transfer : From Airport to Medellín Hotels:
Is it cheaper to fly into Buzios or Medellin?
Prices for flights to both Medellin and Buzios 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.
Sightseeing expenses in Buzios, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $20 per day, per person.
Medellin's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $9.75 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.
Tours and Activities in Buzios
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Buzios.
Tour in Boat Tour in Buzios:
Half-Day Schooner Sightseeing Trip in Buzios Peninsula Beaches:
Tours and Activities in Medellin
Here are a few actual costs in Medellin for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
"Tradicion Paisa": Silleteros and Santa Elena tour from Medellin:
3 Element Tour - ATV 1hr + PARAGLIDING + RAFTING 3hr from MEDELLIN:
3 Element Tour - ATV 2hr + PARAGLIDING + RAFTING 3hr from MEDELLIN:
3-Day Great Pablo Tour:
4-hour Paragliding Adventure from Medellin:
9-Hour Full Day Tour of Pablo Escobar Including C13, Museum and Barrio PE:
ATV | Medellín: Quad Tour:
ATVs Private Tour Medellin:
ATVs experience on the outskirts:
Advanced package Pablo Escobar tour including C13 and barrio PE aprox 8 hrs:
Adventure Motorcycle Rental in Medellin:
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 $13.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Medellin may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $5.50 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Sample the Local Flavors in Medellin
Also in Medellin, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Live the Nightlife Rooftop Pub Crawl:
Medellin private bar crawl:
Medellin Pub Crawl Including Food and City Tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Buzios and Medellin, we can see that Buzios is more expensive. And not only is Medellin much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Medellin would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Medellin 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 Medellin.
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