Should you visit Copan or Quepos?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Copan and Quepos can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
If you are a lover of history, or just really want to tap into your inner Indiana Jones, a trip to Copan, Honduras is right up your alley. Located in western Honduras, the cobblestone lined streets and white adobe buildings topped with red roofs provide the beautiful backdrop to this once powerful city.
Occupied by the Maya for 2,000 years, Copan was the ruling city in the southern Mayan kingdom. Settled nicely in a fertile river valley among rolling hills, this city is absolutely fascinating and the perfect place to explore history.
Quepos is both a district and the capital of Aguirre canton in the Puntareanas Province of Costa Rica. The town is quite small, and the district has a population of about 22,000 people. Quepos is a popular tourist destination in Costa Rica due to its close proximity to Manuel Antonio National Park on the Pacific Coast. The town's economy is centered around tourism and there is no shortage of bars and restaurants in the area. The town also has a lively nightlife for such a small community.
Which city is cheaper, Quepos or Copan?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Copan is $17, while the average daily cost in Quepos is $76. 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 Copan and Quepos in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Copan is $12. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $98 in Quepos For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The price of a meal in Copan can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $9.00 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $3.60 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
The average traveler spends about $20 per day in Quepos for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Quepos
For Quepos, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Seafood Dinner (for 1)
Quepos'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 $6.28 per person, per day on transportation in Quepos.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Quepos
Also for Quepos, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Manuel Antonio to SJO International Airport - Private Transfer:
One-Way Private Transfer from Quepos - Manuel Antonio to La Fortuna:
One-Way Private Transfer from Quepos - Manuel Antonio to Puerto Jiménez:
One-Way Private Transfer from Uvita to Quepos - Manuel Antonio:
Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 1 to 6 passengers:
Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 11 to 15 passengers:
Private Transfer From Manuel Antonio To La Fortuna From 7 to 10 passengers:
Private transfer from Manuel Antonio Quepos to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport:
Private transfer from Uvita to Hotels in San Jose or the Airport:
Transfer from Manuel Antonio to Puerto Viejo Limón:
Entertainment and activities in Copan typically cost an average of $8.23 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Quepos can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $11 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Quepos
For Quepos, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Manuel Antonio National Park Tour with pick up included:
Private Hiking, Nature and Discovery Tour in Quepos:
Private Tour to Manuel Antonio Park and it's Amazing Wildlife:
Manuel Antonio with Mauro / FULLY PRIVATE TOUR:
Espadilla Private Reserve jungle night tour with pick up included:
Manuel Antonio Jungle Night Research Experience in Costa Rica:
Sloth Tour Manuel Antonio National Park:
guided community tour (certified):
Manuel Antonio National Park Tour:
Manuel Antonio National Park Tour:
Damas Island Boat tour:
Manuel Antonio Park Nature Guided Tour:
Typically, people visiting Quepos spend on average $9.62 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Copan and Quepos, we can see that Quepos is more expensive. And not only is Copan much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Copan would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Copan 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 Quepos would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Quepos than you might in Copan.
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