A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Guatemala City vs. La Fortuna

Should you visit Guatemala City or La Fortuna?

Should I visit Guatemala City or La Fortuna? 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.

Guatemala City

Referred to by the locals as "Guate," Guatemala City is the largest and most modern city in Guatemala, as well as its capital. While the atmosphere of the place is big, dirty, and dangerous with city fumes and skyscrapers, it is the hub of the country. It is the place where travelers first step foot into Guatemala and, though it is a place of modern chaos, it does have some of the best galleries and museums as well as a selection of bars, cafes, and restaurants.

La Fortuna

La Fortuna is in San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela. It is the closest town to Arenal Volcano, and the area is often simply refered to as Arenal. The volcano itself is active and has been constantly erupting since 1968. It erupts on average 41 times a day. This area of northern Costa Rica is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the country.

Which city is cheaper, La Fortuna or Guatemala City?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Guatemala City is $36, while the average daily cost in La Fortuna is $58. 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 Guatemala City and La Fortuna in more detail.




Accommodation

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $19. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Guatemala City the cost is $38 on average.

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $56 for a double occupancy room in La Fortuna.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guatemala City $19
    La Fortuna $28
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guatemala City $38
    La Fortuna $56


Food

On average, meal and food prices in Guatemala City cost around $12 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $4.80.

The price of a meal in La Fortuna can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $17 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $6.80 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Guatemala City $12
    La Fortuna $17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guatemala City

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Guatemala City.

  • Taste Antigua Guatemala Walking Food Tour: $70
  • Guatemala Food Tour from Guatemala City: $117
  • Small-Group Cooking Class in Antigua from Guatemala City: $118
  • Antigua Market, Cooking Class and Choco Museum from Guatemala City: $178

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in La Fortuna

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in La Fortuna.

  • cooking class la fortuna: $40
  • Cooking Class Including Tortilla Making in La Fortuna: $55
  • 3-Course Cooking Class: $138


Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Guatemala City is $4.96 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.

The average price of local transportation around La Fortuna is $8.88 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guatemala City $4.96
    La Fortuna $8.88

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guatemala City

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Guatemala City:

  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Guatemala City Airport to Hotels: $14
  • Shared Departure Transfer: Guatemala City Hotels to Airport: $14
  • Shared Arrival Transfer: Guatemala City Airport to Antigua: $16
  • Collective Transfer From Guatemala City to La Aurora Airport: $20
  • Airport transfer from Guatemala City airport to Antigua: $26
  • Private Transfer from La Aurora Airport to Antigua Guatemala: $28
  • Private Airport Transfer: Guatemala to La Aurora International Airport (GUA): $38
  • Transfer from Airport to Antigua: $70
  • Private Transfer from Guatemala City to Lake Atitlán: $120
  • Ground Transfer Guatemala City To Panajachel, Lake Atitlan: $128
  • Private Transfer from Guatemala City to Coban: $155

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Fortuna

Some specific examples of transportation prices in La Fortuna:

  • Shuttle Transfer Lake crossing from Arenal To Monteverde: $25
  • Private Transfer La Fortuna To Juan Santamaria Airport From 1 to 6 passengers: $138
  • Private Transfer La Fortuna To Int. Airport Liberia From 1 to 6 passengers: $158
  • Private Transfer La Fortuna To Juan Santamaria Airport From 7 to 10 passengers: $192
  • Private Transfer From La Fortuna To Monteverde From 1 to 6 passengers: $195
  • Private Transfer La Fortuna To Int. Airport Liberia From 7 to 10 passengers: $211
  • Private Transfer Lake crossing from Arenal To Monteverde From 1 to 6 passengers: $231
  • Transfer from Arenal or La Fortuna to Conchal beach up to 5 passengers: $240
  • Private Transfer From La Fortuna To Monteverde From 7 to 10 passengers: $248
  • Private Transfer From La Fortuna To Manuel Antonio From 1 to 6 passengers: $275
  • Private Transfer La Fortuna To Juan Santamaria Airport From 11 to 15 passengers: $288
  • Private Transfer From La Fortuna To Manuel Antonio From 7 to 10 passengers: $289


Entertainment

Guatemala City's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $0.97 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.

La Fortuna's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $25 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.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guatemala City $0.97
    La Fortuna $25

Tours and Activities in Guatemala City

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Guatemala City are as follows:

  • Walking tour Guatemala City Downtown: $15
  • Half Day Antigua Guatemala Tour: $17
  • La Aurora Zoo Admission Ticket: $18
  • Half Day Guatemala City Tour: $27
  • Half Day Experience in Guatemala City: $30
  • Guatemala City Tour: $32
  • Guatemala City Afternoon Sightseeing Tour: $34
  • Private Tour: Antigua Guatemala Walking Tour from Antigua Guatemala: $35
  • Guatemala city walking tour: $37
  • UNESCO JEWELS: Antigua Half Day Tour from Guatemala City: $38
  • Crafted BEER Tour , Guatemala City.: $50
  • Full Day Experience in Guatemala City: $50

Tours and Activities in La Fortuna

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for La Fortuna are as follows:

  • Parque Ecológico Volcán Arenal Full Day Experience + THERMALS: $18
  • Zipline Experience in La Fortuna with Hotel Pick Up: $30
  • Sloth Watching Tour: $30
  • Eden Chocolate Tour - The best chocolate tour in La Fortuna: $30
  • Organic chocolate tour: $31
  • Canopy Tour in Go Adventure Park: $32
  • Natura Premium Tour: $34
  • Arenal Observatory Tour: $39
  • Mistico Park Hanging Bridges Guided Tour: $40
  • Birdwatching Tour: $46
  • Night Walk Experience: $48
  • Arenal Canopy Adventure: $48


Alcohol

The average person spends about $5.50 on alcoholic beverages in Guatemala City per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

The average person spends about $7.35 on alcoholic beverages in La Fortuna per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guatemala City $5.50
    La Fortuna $7.35



When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Guatemala City and La Fortuna, we can see that La Fortuna is more expensive. And not only is Guatemala City much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Guatemala City would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Guatemala City 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 La Fortuna would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in La Fortuna than you might in Guatemala City.

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