Should you visit Guayaquil or Rosario?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Guayaquil or Rosario, 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 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.
Rosario is the third largest city in Argentina. Located at the Parana river and known for its rich architectural heritage and beautiful riverside scenery, Rosario is the birthplace of the Argentinian flag as well as two of the nation's most famous icons, Che Guevara and Lionel Messi. Rosario is still an important river port but has done a great job of regenerating its center, which now has a vibrant cultural and night life. The abandoned buildings of the long riverbank have been converted into galleries, restaurants, skateparks and river beaches, which buzz with life in summer. Dynamic and confident without being showy, culturally rich and the best urban location to cool off in the boiling summers, Rosario is easily overlooked but not to be missed.
Which city is cheaper, Rosario 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 Rosario is $64. 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 Rosario in more detail.
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 $44 in Rosario For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
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.
While meal prices in Rosario can vary, the average travelers spends about $27 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Rosario should cost around $11 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Rosario is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
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:
Cooking Class with Market Visit!:
Half Day :Eco Cooking Class and culinary Experience (Departure from Guayaquil):
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.
Rosario'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 $19 per person, per day on transportation in Rosario.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Guayaquil
Also for Guayaquil, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer: Guayaquil to JosÃ© J. de Olmedo International Airport (GYE):
Private Transfer: JosÃ© J. de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) to Guayaquil:
Golf at Lacosta Country Club in Guayaquil with Transfers:
Private Transfer from Guayaquil to Cuenca:
Guayaquil Airport Private Transfer Service:
Departure Private Transfer: Guayaquil City to Guayaquil Airport GYE by Minivan:
Arrival Private Transfer: Guayaquil Airport GYE to Guayaquil City by Minivan:
Transfer Guayaquil Hotel - Aeropuerto:
Transfer Airport - Guayaquil Hotel:
Transfer from Guayaquil Airport to Hotel:
Private Airport Transfer from Guayaquil Airport to Hotel:
Private TRANSFER OUT from Hotel to Guayaquil Airport:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rosario
Also for Rosario, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Transfer in private minivan from Rosario to Rosario Islas Malvinas Airport (ROS):
Transfer in private minivan from Rosario Islas Malvinas Airport (ROS) to Rosario:
Transfer in Private Car from Rosario to Rosario "Islas Malvinas" Airport (ROS):
Transfer in Private Car from Rosario Islas Malvinas Airport (ROS) to Rosario:
Round trip transfer in private minivan from-to Rosario Airport (ROS) to Rosario:
Round trip transfer in Private Car from-to Rosario Airport (ROS) to Rosario city:
Rosario Airport ROS Arrival Private Transfer to Rosario City Business Van:
Private Transfer from Rosario City or Airport ROS to Buenos Aires AEP by Minivan:
Private Transfer Rosario City or Airport to Buenos Aires Airport EZE by Minivan:
Is it cheaper to fly into Guayaquil or Rosario?
Prices for flights to both Rosario and Guayaquil change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.
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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Rosario can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $22 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
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:
'Tren del Hielo I' Experience: Riobamba - Urbina - La Moya - Riobamba:
3 Days - Sun Route of Ecuador & MontaÃ±ita Experiences from Guayaquil:
3-Day Tour to Salinas and MontaÃ±ita from Guayaquil:
4 Days Guayaquil " Total Experiences ":
9-Day Ecuadorian Coast Tour Including Isla de la Plata from Guayaquil:
Canal del Morro Boat Tour and Varadero Beach from Guayaquil:
Canyoning level IV Adventure day trip near Guayaquil:
City Tour Guayaquil:
City Tour in Guayaquil, Ecuador:
Contrasts of Ecuador 7-Day Adventure Tour:
Cultural tour, 3 days, INCA EXPRESS Ingapirca - Cuenca - Cajas Nationalpark:
Tours and Activities in Rosario
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Rosario.
2-Hour Private Walking Tour of Rosario:
Wine Experience in Rosario - Organic Wines and Vegan Snack Board:
Typically, people visiting Guayaquil spend on average $14 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Rosario, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $12.
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:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Guayaquil and Rosario, we can see that Guayaquil is more expensive. And not only is Rosario much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Rosario would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Rosario 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 Rosario.
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