Should you visit Curitiba or Salento?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Curitiba and Salento can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
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.
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 Curitiba?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Curitiba is $57, 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 Curitiba and Salento in more detail.
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.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $9.40. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Salento the cost is $19 on average.
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.
While meal prices in Salento can vary, the average travelers spends about $7.88 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Salento should cost around $3.15 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
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:
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.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $12 per day to get around in Salento.
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 Airport Transfer: Afonso Pena Airport (CWB) to Curitiba:
Private Airport Transfer: from Curitiba to Afonso Pena Airport (CWB):
Private Transfer from Curitiba City to Curitiba Airport (CWB):
Private Transfer: Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB) to Curitiba:
Private Transfer: Curitiba to Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB):
Curitiba Airport PrivateTransfers Round Trip or One Way:
Private Transfer from Curitiba Airport:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salento
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salento:
Arrival or Departure Transfer: Armenia Airport, Bus Station / Salento, Filandia:
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.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $9.82 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 Curitiba
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Curitiba.
Urban Tales: 3-Hour Curitiba by Night Tour:
Half Day Curitiba Sightseeing Tour:
Half-Day Tour of Curitiba City:
Curitiba City Tour:
Serra Verde Express: Rail Tour to Morretes and Antonina from Curitiba:
Serra Verde Express: Sunset Rail Tour from Curitiba:
Photo session in Curitiba sightseeing spots:
Touristic Train to Morretes from Curitiba:
Vila Velha State Park Full-Day Group Tour from Curitiba:
Train Trip and City Tour in Paranagua:
Vila Velha City Tour:
Tours and Activities in Salento
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Salento are as follows:
3-Day Coffee Tour by Bike in Salento:
5 Day Coffee Culture Experience:
Cocora Valley & Hummingbirds House Adventure:
Cocora Valley + Horseback Riding Day Tour:
Cocora Valley on a Jeep & Hike Day Tour:
Coffee Amusement & Museum Park Day Tour:
Coffee Farm Hacienda El Ocaso Half-Day Tour:
Coffee Tour at Hacienda Venecia near Salento:
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Coffee Farm Tour (from Salento):
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Filandia Coffee Town (from Salento):
Full day coffee farm experience at Hacienda San Alberto from Salento:
Full-Day Coffee Farm Experience at Finca El Ocaso from Salento:
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.
The average person spends about $9.63 on alcoholic beverages in Salento per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
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 Curitiba and Salento, we can see that Curitiba 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 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 Salento.
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