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

Should you visit Guayaquil or Medellin?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Guayaquil or Medellin, 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.

Medellin

In addition to big improvements in public safety, Medellin has witnessed a huge surge in urban development projects, including Colombia's first metro system and cable cars to service poorer neighborhoods located high on the mountain sides. There is an abundance of parks, libraries, museums and public spaces with many cultural events taking place. Many travelers also enjoy visiting the surrounding villages, where life is simple and landscapes and nature reserves are wonderful. Medellin has now become one of the "it" cities in the world, with tons of tourists visiting and foreigners settling and retiring here. Beautiful mountains, warm weather, friendly locals, and a vibrant culture are just a few of the reasons why you should visit Medellin.

Which city is cheaper, Medellin 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 Medellin is $17. 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 Medellin 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.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $3.75. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Medellin the cost is $7.50 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Guayaquil $25
    Medellin $3.75
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Guayaquil $50
    Medellin $7.50


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.

Food in Medellin costs travelers about $6.62 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Guayaquil $23
    Medellin $6.62

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

Typical Food prices in Medellin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Medellin:


  • Lunch
    $2.16

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Medellin

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

  • Medellin Local Flavours: Night Street Private Food Tour: $50
  • Half-day MedellĂ­n Street Food tour with a local guide: $65
  • Homemade Paisa Dinner at a Local's Home in MedellĂ­n: $69
  • Homemade Paisa Dinner at a Local's Home in MedellĂ­n: $69
  • Community project cooking class and Medellin social transformation tour: $70
  • Private Market Tour and Colombian Cooking Lesson With a Local Family in Medellin: $80
  • Withlocals LIVE Meditation and Online Cooking for a Healthy Mind and Body: $93
  • MedellĂ­n Food Tour: $94
  • food tour: $97
  • Sabaneta and Envigado Best Local Food Tour from Medellin: $99
  • Full Day Private Medellin City, Street Art and Food Tour: $104
  • Private Market Tour & Colombian Cooking Lesson with a Local in her MedellĂ­n Home: $111


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.

The average price of local transportation around Medellin is $2.47 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.
    Guayaquil $12
    Medellin $2.47

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guayaquil

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

  • Arrival Private Transfer: Guayaquil Airport GYE to Guayaquil City by Minivan: $74
  • Departure Private Transfer: Guayaquil City to Guayaquil Airport GYE by Minivan: $74
  • Golf at Lacosta Country Club in Guayaquil with Transfers: $175
  • Guayaquil Airport Private Transfer Service: $80
  • Guayaquil Arrival Transfer: $15
  • Guayaquil Departure Transfer: $15
  • Guayaquil PRIVATE Arrival Transfer from the Airport to Hotels: $13
  • Guayaquil PRIVATE Arrival Transfer from the Airport to Hotels: $14
  • Guayaquil PRIVATE Arrival Transfer from the Airport to Hotels: $14
  • Guayaquil PRIVATE Departure Transfer from Hotels to the Airport: $14
  • Guayaquil PRIVATE Departure Transfer from Hotels to the Airport: $14
  • Guayaquil PRIVATE Departure Transfer from Hotels to the Airport: $13

Typical Local Transportation prices in Medellin

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Medellin:


  • Taxi
    $1.70

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Medellin

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Medellin:

  • Transfer in Private Minivan from Medellin City to Medellin Airport (MDE): $38
  • Transfer in Private Car from El Poblado to Medellin Jose Maria Cordoba Airport: $22
  • Transfer Jose Maria Cordoba Airport -Hotel or Accommodation: $82
  • Private Transfer: Olaya Herrera International Airport (EOH) to Medellin: $622
  • Private Transfer: Medellin to Olaya Herrera International Airport (EOH): $622
  • Private Transfer: Medellin to JosĂ© MarĂ­a CĂłrdova International Airport (MDE): $622
  • Private Transfer from MedellĂ­n City to JosĂ© MarĂ­a CĂłrdova (MDE) Airport: $50
  • Private Round Transfer to Guatape lakes and Penol rock!: $239
  • Private Departure Transfer from Medellin City to MDE Medellin Airport: $28
  • Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: JosĂ© MarĂ­a CĂłrdova Airport: $16
  • Private Arrival Transfer: MDE Medellin Airport to Medellin City: $28
  • Private Arrival Transfer : From Airport to MedellĂ­n Hotels: $55


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.

Medellin's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $11 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.
    Guayaquil $17
    Medellin $11

Tours and Activities in Guayaquil

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

  • Walking Tour in the Artisan Market of Guayaquil: $9.99
  • Shared Walking Tour in Guayaquil City: $20
  • Guayaquil - City tour: $20
  • City Tour Guayaquil: $20
  • Shared Walking Tour in Guayaquil City: $20
  • Private Guayaquil City Tour: $27
  • Guayaquil City Tour: $30
  • 3-Hour City Tour: $40
  • Historical Park tour - Guayaquil: $40
  • Tour to the Zoo El Pantanal in Guayaquil: $40
  • Guayaquil Museum Tour: $43
  • Guayaquil City Tour Including the Light House of Cerro Santa Ana: $49

Tours and Activities in Medellin

Here are a few actual costs in Medellin for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • "Tradicion Paisa": Silleteros and Santa Elena tour from Medellin: $73
  • 3 Element Tour - ATV 1hr + PARAGLIDING + RAFTING 3hr from MEDELLIN: $344
  • 3 Element Tour - ATV 2hr + PARAGLIDING + RAFTING 3hr from MEDELLIN: $379
  • 3-Day Great Pablo Tour: $900
  • 4-hour Paragliding Adventure from Medellin: $157
  • 9-Hour Full Day Tour of Pablo Escobar Including C13, Museum and Barrio PE: $165
  • ATV Tours: $133
  • ATV | MedellĂ­n: Quad Tour: $75
  • ATVs Private Tour Medellin: $172
  • ATVs experience on the outskirts: $112
  • Advanced package Pablo Escobar tour including C13 and barrio PE aprox 8 hrs: $125
  • Adventure Motorcycle Rental in Medellin: $103


Alcohol

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

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Medellin may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $5.94 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Guayaquil $14
    Medellin $5.94

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

Sample the Local Flavors in Medellin

Also in Medellin, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Live the Nightlife Rooftop Pub Crawl: $20
  • Medellin private bar crawl: $94
  • Medellin Pub Crawl Including Food and City Tour: $145



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

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