A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Leon vs. Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Leon or Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park)?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Leon and Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Leon

Leon is one of the oldest city's in Nicaragua and you can see hints of its colonial past in the architecture around town. Tourism is not a major part of the economy in Leon, but the city is gaining popularity with budget travelers and backpackers and more recently tour groups are including Leon in their itinerary.

With a population of just over 200,000, Leon is the second largest city in Nicaragua, after Managua. During the university season the population grows dramatically as there is a heavy presence of students in Leon. It is a popular university town, and this young population gives the city plenty of energy and entertainment.

Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park)

Situated in the Golfo Dulce, Puerto Jiminez has grown from a logging and gold mining town in the 1960s to become the largest town on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. Today, it serves as a main gateway to Corcovado National Park, a last stopping point before visitors enter the park. Puerto Jiminez also has a lively night life, a beach, and easy access to a number of outdoors activities.

Which city is cheaper, Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) or Leon?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Leon is $50, while the average daily cost in Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) is $75. 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 Leon and Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Leon is $28. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park)'s average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $64. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $32.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Leon $14
    Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) $32
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Leon $28
    Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) $64

Food

Leon food costs typically run travelers around $10 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.

While meal prices in Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) can vary, the average travelers spends about $23 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) should cost around $9.20 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Leon $10
    Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) $23

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Leon

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

  • Tlakualli Food Tour: $12

Typical Food prices in Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park)

Some typical examples of dining costs in Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) are as follows:


  • Dinner at Finca Exotica
    $44

Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Leon is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $1.27 per person, per day, on local transportation in Leon.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Leon $1.27
    Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Leon

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Leon:

  • León hotels to Del Bajio Airport (BJX) - Departure Private Transfer: $138
  • Reliable one-way transfer Guanajuato Leon International Airport to Hotel: $161

Is it cheaper to fly into Leon or Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park)?

Prices for flights to both Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) and Leon 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.





Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Leon typically cost an average of $4.90 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Entertainment and activities in Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) typically cost an average of $78 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Leon $4.90
    Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) $78

Tours and Activities in Leon

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

  • León 3-Hour Guided City Tour Including Entrance Fees: $25
  • León: 5-Hour Volcano Boarding Tour on Cerro Negro: $35
  • Volcano Board Adventure on Cerro Negro: $39
  • Leon City Walking Private Tour: $41
  • León: Flor de Caña Rum Factory 4-Hour Tour: $45
  • Leon City Tour: $46
  • León City tour and Mud pools of San Jacinto: $54
  • plant-based friendly tapas tour: $57
  • Volcano Boarding Private Tour: $62
  • Rum Tour & Chorotega Museum Experience: $62
  • Private: León City Walking Tour from León: $63
  • Hike El Hoyo Volcano "Private Tour": $67

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Leon may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $2.98 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Leon $2.98
    Puerto Jimenez (Corcovado National Park) -


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

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