Should you visit Colonia del Sacramento or Curitiba?
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 Colonia del Sacramento and Curitiba can help you decide which place is right for you.
Colonia del Sacramento
Colonia del Sacramento is in the Rio de la Plata region of Uruguay. It is filled with old colonial buildings and cobbled streets, and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Colonia del Sacramento was founded in 1680 by the Portuguese, sandwiched in between the Portuguese colony of Brazil and the Spanish Viceroyalty of the River Plate, later Argentina, Uruguay and Southern Brazil. Its strategic position and use as a smuggling port meant that its sovereignty was constantly contested and the city changed hands several times between Spain and Portugal. The irresistibly picturesque town's charm and its proximity to Buenos Aires draw thousands of Argentine and other visitors on weekends and in summer. Prices rise in these periods and it can be difficult to find a room so make sure to book your trip well in advance.
Curitiba is a relatively large city that is convenient to visit if you're traveling to Iguazu Falls from either Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo. It is worth a day or two stop over because it has a great old city that has been restored. It's also the capital of Parana, Brazil. Curitiba is one of the more wealthy cities in the southern region of Brazil. It has a diverse population with many immigrants and some interesting cultural events.
Which city is cheaper, Curitiba or Colonia del Sacramento?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Colonia del Sacramento is $48, while the average daily cost in Curitiba is $57. 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 Colonia del Sacramento and Curitiba in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $48 in Colonia del Sacramento For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Travelers usually pay around $48 for a double occupancy room in Curitiba If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Hotel or hostel for one person
Colonia del Sacramento $24
Typical double-occupancy room
Colonia del Sacramento
While meal prices in Colonia del Sacramento can vary, the average travelers spends about $13 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Colonia del Sacramento should cost around $5.20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Colonia del Sacramento is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Curitiba food costs typically run travelers around $22 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Typical Food prices in Curitiba
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Curitiba:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Curitiba
For Curitiba, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Curitiba Pub Food Tour:
4-Hour City-By-Night Tour with Dinner:
Curitiba Tour by Night with Dinner:
To get around in Colonia del Sacramento, the average visitor spends $12 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.
Curitiba's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $13 per person, per day on transportation in Curitiba.
Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
Colonia del Sacramento $12
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Colonia del Sacramento
Also for Colonia del Sacramento, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Colonia Port Terminal Private Transfer:
Colonia Bus Terminal Private Transfer:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Curitiba
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Curitiba:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Curitiba
Also for Curitiba, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer: Curitiba to Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB):
Private Transfer: Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB) to Curitiba:
Private Transfer from Curitiba City to Curitiba Airport (CWB):
Private Transfer from Curitiba Airport:
Private Airport Transfer: from Curitiba to Afonso Pena Airport (CWB):
Private Airport Transfer: Afonso Pena Airport (CWB) to Curitiba:
Curitiba Airport PrivateTransfers Round Trip or One Way:
In Colonia del Sacramento, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $17 per person, per day.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Curitiba can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $15 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
Colonia del Sacramento $17
Tours and Activities in Colonia del Sacramento
For Colonia del Sacramento, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Colonia Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour:
Colonia del Sacramento City Tour:
Full Day Birdwatching and Nature Tour:
Half day city tour in Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay:
Half day city tour in Montevideo:
Tours and Activities in Curitiba
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Curitiba.
Curitiba City Tour:
Half Day Curitiba Sightseeing Tour:
Half-Day Tour of Curitiba City:
Photo session in Curitiba sightseeing spots:
Serra Verde Express: Rail Tour to Morretes and Antonina from Curitiba:
Serra Verde Express: Sunset Rail Tour from Curitiba:
Touristic Train to Morretes from Curitiba:
Train Trip and City Tour in Paranagua:
Urban Tales: 3-Hour Curitiba by Night Tour:
Vila Velha City Tour:
Vila Velha State Park Full-Day Group Tour from Curitiba:
Typically, people visiting Colonia del Sacramento spend on average $4.12 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Curitiba, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $11.
Typical Alcohol prices in Curitiba
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Curitiba:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Colonia del Sacramento and Curitiba, we can see that Curitiba is more expensive. And not only is Colonia del Sacramento much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Colonia del Sacramento would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Colonia del Sacramento 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 Curitiba would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Curitiba than you might in Colonia del Sacramento.
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