Should you visit Foz do Iguacu or Tena?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Foz do Iguacu and Tena can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Foz do Iguacu
Foz do Iguacu is a larger city in Brazil that is most famous for the Iguacu Falls. The city serves as an entry point for Paraguay and Argentina as well. The obvious reason to visit the city is to see the beautiful falls, and together with Ciudad del Este, Paraguay and Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, it makes up one of the largest tourism sights in South America.
Tena is the capital of the Napo Province, an attractive and quiet city in the Amazon rainforest, and is known as the "cinnamon capital" of Ecuador. Tena has a friendly population, lots of backpacker infrastructure, a gorgeous setting surrounded by jungle-covered hills and a high concentration of surrounding rivers where white-water lovers from around the world come to paddle and kayak. The town provides a gateway to exploration into Ecuador's most accessible part of the great Amazon rainforest, which does not leave visitors disappointed. Beyond being a base for discovering the jungle and its wildlife, Tena is also a hub for adventure sports which are abundant in the area. Tena is a charming place where many travelers find themselves hanging around quite happily before or after a trip into the rainforest.
Which city is cheaper, Tena or Foz do Iguacu?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Foz do Iguacu is $51, while the average daily cost in Tena is $42. 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 Foz do Iguacu and Tena in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Foz do Iguacu is $44. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Tena is $40. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
Food in Foz do Iguacu costs travelers about $17 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.
Tena food costs typically run travelers around $13 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.
Meals for one day
Foz do Iguacu $17
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Foz do Iguacu
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Foz do Iguacu.
Churrascaria Rafain - Show And Dinner:
Dinner and Show at Rafain Churrascaria with round trip transfer included:
Argentinian Ice Bar, Wine and Dinner Experience:
Dinner Show at Rafain in Foz do Iguaçu:
Dinner Show - Rafain Steakhouse:
The average price of local transportation around Foz do Iguacu is $10 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.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $14 per day to get around in Tena.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Foz do Iguacu
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Foz do Iguacu:
Bird Park Tickets with Round Trip Transfer Included:
Foz do Iguaçu Airport Private Transfer:
Foz do Iguaçu Airport Shared Transfer:
Foz do Iguaçu Round-Trip Airport Transfer:
Iguazu Falls Panoramic Helicopter Flight With Optional Transfers:
Iguazu: Transfer from Brazil Side:
Private Airport Transfer: Cataratas International Airport (IGU) to Iguazu:
Private Transfer: Foz do Iguacu to Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU):
Private Transfer: Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU) to Foz do Iguacu:
Shared Roundtrip Transfers with Brazilian and Argentinian sides:
Transfer Paraguay Shopping (CDE):
Foz do Iguacu's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $19 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.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $12 per person, per day in Tena. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Tours and Activities in Foz do Iguacu
Here are a few actual costs in Foz do Iguacu for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Shopping Tour In Ciudad Del Este:
Iguazú Casino Tour:
Foz Do Iguaçu City Tour:
By Night Puerto Iguazu - Small Group or Private tour:
Small-Group Walking Tour of Iguazu Falls in Brazil:
Tour to Iguassu Falls Brazilian side:
Bird Park Admission Ticket:
Dreams Ice Bar Tickets:
Bird Park Tour:
Iguassu Falls Shopping Tour:
Small-Group Walking Tour of Iguazu Falls in Argentina:
Itaipu Dam Half-Day Sightseeing Panoramic Tour from Foz do Iguaçu:
Tours and Activities in Tena
Here are a few actual costs in Tena for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
3 or 4 Day Amazon Napo Adventure:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Foz do Iguacu may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $9.34 per day on alcoholic beverages.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Tena may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $8.54 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typical Alcohol prices in Foz do Iguacu
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Foz do Iguacu from other travelers:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Foz do Iguacu and Tena, we can see that Foz do Iguacu is more expensive. And not only is Tena much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Tena would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Tena 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 Foz do Iguacu would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Foz do Iguacu than you might in Tena.
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