A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Guayaquil vs. La Serena

Should you visit Guayaquil or La Serena?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Guayaquil or La Serena, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Guayaquil

Guayaquil is Ecuador's largest city and seaport. From a tourist perspective, the city acts primarily as a transportation gateway to the country and the Galapagos Islands. While the city can be skipped altogether, should you have a free day to spend here, there are a few noteworthy things to do, as well as some terrific dining and nightlife options. Guayaquil’s main tourist attraction is Las Penas, a hill with old, colorfully painted buildings at the north end of the Malecon, where you can walk the 400 steps to the lighthouse at the top for good views of the city. The neighborhood is filled with cafes, bars, restaurants, and art galleries and is relatively safe. Other important sights include the Malecon 2000, a massive urban development project that has brought new life to the riverside in the city center and the Parque Seminario, filled with fountains, trees and iguanas, located at 10 de Agosto Ave and Chile Ave.

La Serena

La Serena is a charming town in Northern Chile. It is Chile's second-oldest city and the thriving capital of Region IV. With its beautiful architecture, its long golden shoreline, dignified stone churches, tree-shaded avenues and pretty plazas, La Serena has everything you could ask for!

Chileans on holidays flood in the city in January and February, though it is fairly peaceful outside the summer rush. Some of the city's architecture is from the colonial era, but most is actually neocolonial thanks to president Gabriel Gonzalez Videla, born in La Serena, and her 'Plan Serena' of the late 1940s.

Which city is cheaper, La Serena or Guayaquil?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Guayaquil is $76, while the average daily cost in La Serena is $91. 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 Guayaquil and La Serena in more detail.




Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Guayaquil can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $25, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $50.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around $88 in La Serena For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guayaquil $25
    La Serena $44
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guayaquil $50
    La Serena $88


Food

In Guayaquil travelers spend around $23 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.

La Serena food costs typically run travelers around $28 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Guayaquil $23
    La Serena $28

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Guayaquil

For Guayaquil, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Homemade Local Food Tour in Guayaquil: $95
  • Cooking Class with Market Visit!: $103
  • Half Day :Eco Cooking Class and culinary Experience (Departure from Guayaquil): $135


Local Transportation

Guayaquil'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 $12 per person, per day on transportation in Guayaquil.

To get around in La Serena, the average visitor spends $21 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Guayaquil $12
    La Serena $21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guayaquil

Also for Guayaquil, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer from Guayaquil Airport to Hotel: $20
  • Transfer Guayaquil Hotel - Aeropuerto: $27
  • Transfer Airport - Guayaquil Hotel: $27
  • Private Transfer: JosĆ© J. de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) to Guayaquil: $622
  • Private Transfer: Guayaquil to JosĆ© J. de Olmedo International Airport (GYE): $622
  • Private Transfer from Guayaquil to Cuenca: $83
  • Private TRANSFER OUT from Hotel to Guayaquil Airport: $15
  • Private TRANSFER OUT from Hotel to Guayaquil Airport: $15
  • Private TRANSFER IN from Guayaquil Airport to Hotel: $15
  • Private TRANSFER IN from Guayaquil Airport to Hotel: $15
  • Private Airport Transfer from Guayaquil Airport to Hotel: $19
  • Guayaquil PRIVATE Departure Transfer from Hotels to the Airport: $13

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Serena

Also for La Serena, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Airport Transfer: from La Serena to La Florida Airport (LSC): $26
  • Private Airport Transfer: La Florida Airport (LSC) to La Serena: $26


Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Guayaquil can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $17 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

In La Serena, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $25 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Guayaquil $17
    La Serena $25

Tours and Activities in Guayaquil

For Guayaquil, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 'Hacienda La Danesa' Cacao & Chocolate Experience: $200
  • 'Tren del Hielo I' Experience: Riobamba - Urbina - La Moya - Riobamba: $206
  • 3 Days - Sun Route of Ecuador & MontaƱita Experiences from Guayaquil: $1,242
  • 3-Day Tour to Salinas and MontaƱita from Guayaquil: $469
  • 4 Days Guayaquil " Total Experiences ": $734
  • 9-Day Ecuadorian Coast Tour Including Isla de la Plata from Guayaquil: $2,295
  • Canal del Morro Boat Tour and Varadero Beach from Guayaquil: $195
  • Canyoning level IV Adventure day trip near Guayaquil: $86
  • City Tour Guayaquil: $20
  • City Tour in Guayaquil, Ecuador: $55
  • Contrasts of Ecuador 7-Day Adventure Tour: $1,012
  • Cultural tour, 3 days, INCA EXPRESS Ingapirca - Cuenca - Cajas Nationalpark: $667

Tours and Activities in La Serena

For La Serena, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Elqui Valley and VicuƱa Private Tour Including Lunch: $263
  • La Serena and Coquimbo Private City Tour Including Lunch and Archeological Museum: $269
  • Full day Tour to Elqui Valley: $90
  • Valle de Elqui Fullday Tour: $58


Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Guayaquil spend on average $14 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting La Serena spend on average $24 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guayaquil $14
    La Serena $24

Sample the Local Flavors in Guayaquil

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Guayaquil:

  • Process and Wine Tasting in Cellar Two Hemispheres - Puerto El Morro: $294



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

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