Should you visit Pereira or Cali?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Pereira and Cali. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.
Situated in a small valley in the western Andes, Pereira is the capital city of Risaralda, Colombia. The city is surrounded by coffee producing agriculture and sits in the middle of a triangle of cities including Bogota, Medillin and Cali, each of which is about a three to five hour drive away.
The city itself is very much student oriented, as there are many universities around town and at least one quarter of the population is made up of students. There is also a very European vibe to the city and you will find the area beautiful with many parks and museums.
Pereira's economy is based on government, agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, trade, commerce, and tourism. Agricultural products include sugarcane, cacao, rubber, cereals, coffee, and livestock. Apparel is the main manufacturing product, along with aluminium goods, motorcycles and telecommunications technology.
Pereira is found in a warm moorland area with an average temperature of around 72 degrees. The temperatures remain relatively consistent throughout the year with highs in the high 70s Fahrenheit to low 80s Fahrenheit. Low temperatures are usually in the low 60s Fahrenheit. Rain is heaviest during the months of April and May as well as October and November.
Cali is Colombia's third largest city. Founded in 1536, can be explored on foot: walk under the shade of trees along the riverbank, admire the architecture of churches and other national monuments, and visit the city's many museums. Being the salsa capital of the world, Cali is primarily a destination for salsa and party but it also offers some great days out in the nearby natural surroundings. In Cali, travelers can enjoy music festivals, learn about sugarcane farming, and take in the mountainous landscapes.
Which city is cheaper, Cali or Pereira?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Pereira is $52, while the average daily cost in Cali is $20. 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 Pereira and Cali in more detail.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $42 for a double occupancy room in Pereira.
Travelers usually pay around $9.80 for a double occupancy room in Cali If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
On average, meal and food prices in Pereira cost around $19 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 $7.60.
Cali food costs typically run travelers around $7.02 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.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Pereira
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Pereira:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pereira
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Pereira.
Private Tropical Cooking Class in Pereira with Fruit Tasting:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cali
For Cali, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Culinary Journeys: Cooking Workshop + Dinner Party:
Night City Tour in Cali + Dinner:
Dinner Show in Cali:
The cost of a taxi ride in Pereira is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $17 per person, per day, on local transportation in Pereira.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Cali than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $4.59 on transportation in Cali on average per day.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Pereira
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Pereira are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pereira
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Pereira:
Private Transfer Pereira to Salento (or vice versa):
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cali
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Cali:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cali
Also for Cali, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Arrival Private Transfer from Cali Airport CLO to Cali City by 2x4 Vehicle:
Arrival Private Transfer from Cali Airport CLO to Cali City by Minibus:
Arrival Private Transfer from Cali Airport CLO to Cali City by Minivan:
Cali to Popayan Private Transfer:
Cali to Popayan Private Transfer:
Departure Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport CLO by 2x4 Vehicle:
Departure Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport CLO by Minibus:
Departure Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport CLO by Minivan:
Private Airport Transfer: from Cali to Alfonso B. Aragon Airport (CLO):
Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Airport:
Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport (CLO):
Private Transfer to / from Buenaventura:
Is it cheaper to fly into Pereira or Cali?
Prices for flights to both Cali and Pereira 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 and activities in Pereira typically cost an average of $15 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Sightseeing expenses in Cali, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $8.66 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Pereira
Here are a few actual costs in Pereira for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
2-Day Biking and Hiking Tour in the Coffee Region from Pereira:
5-Day Biking Tour Including Coffee and Cultural from Pereira:
7-Day Biking Tour: Coffee, Cultural and Cocora Valley from Pereira:
Cocora Tour, Water Star:
Coffee Tour Santa Rosa de Cabal:
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Coffee Farm Tour (from Pereira):
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Filandia Coffee Town (from Pereira):
Pereira Full Day Bike Tour: Local Means of Transport Route:
Pereira Full Day Bike Tour: Nature and Coffee:
Romantic tour in Pereira:
The Best of Pereira Walking Tour:
[Online Experience] Enjoy the Awakening of Birds:
Tours and Activities in Cali
For Cali, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
RiCo Salsa Tour: Cali Real:
Cali City Tour:
Walking Tour in the Historic Center of Cali City:
Private City Tour:
Historical Walking Cali City Tour 3H:
Private City Tour And Shopping:
Skip the Line: Show de Salsa Ticket:
Cali City Tour - The Best Of Cali In Comfort:
Alameda Market Fruit Tour:
Private Salsa Lesson Experience with Locals:
sightseeing paragliding adventure:
Private City Tour in Cali:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Pereira may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typically, people visiting Cali spend on average $6.92 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Pereira and Cali, we can see that Pereira is more expensive. And not only is Cali much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Cali would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cali 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 Pereira would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Pereira than you might in Cali.
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