A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Punta del Este vs. Bogota for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Punta del Este or Bogota?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

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

Where Should I go: Punta del Este or Bogota?

Punta del Este

Punta del Este with its many beaches, elegant seaside homes, yacht harbor, high-rise apartment buildings, pricey hotels, ardent night scene and glitzy restaurants is a chic beach resort town in Uruguay. Many tourists come from Brazil and Argentina, on the other side of the Rio de la Plata, to get some nice sun and lay on the beach for a weekend getaway. Punta del Este is more expensive than other areas in Uruguay and has been called the Monaco of South America. Tourist season varies wildly from totally deserted in the winter to very crowded in the summer.

Bogota

Sprawling across a high altitude in the Columbian Andes region, Bogota is the capital city of Columbia. It is a mix of the old and new with century-old plazas and churches shadowed by towering skyscrapers, museums representing the history, art, and culture of the region, as well as a mix of distinct neighborhoods from quaint and historic to trendy and contemporary.

Which place is cheaper, Bogota or Punta del Este?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Punta del Este is $97, while the average daily cost in Bogota is $51. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Punta del Este and Bogota in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Punta del Este $54
    Bogota $25
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Punta del Este $108
    Bogota $50
Compare Hotels in Punta del Este and Bogota

Looking for a hotel in Punta del Este or Bogota? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Punta del Este


Hotels in Bogota


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Punta del Este Hotel Prices and Bogota Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Punta del Este $21
    Bogota $8.51

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Punta del Este

Also for Punta del Este, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Punta del Este Airport Private Transfer: $60
  • Private Transfer to Punta del Este Airport: $60
  • Private Transfer from Punta Del Este Port to Montevideo hotels: $72
  • Private Transfer from Punta Del Este Cruise Port to Montevideo: $86
  • Private Transfer from Montevideo to Punta Del Este Cruise Port: $86
  • Private Transfer from Montevideo hotels to Punta Del Este Port: $72
  • Private Transfer from Montevideo city to Montevideo Cruise Port: $30
  • Private Transfer from Montevideo City to Montevideo Cruise Port: $26
  • Private Transfer - Punta Del Este Port to Carrasco Airport (MVD): $86
  • Montevideo hotels to Carrasco International Airport (MVD) - Departure Transfer: $49
  • Montevideo Hotels to Carrasco Airport MVD Departure Transfer: $49

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bogota

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Bogota are as follows:


  • Taxi from Airport
    $7.33
  • Taxi Ride
    $0.38
  • 2 Bus Passes
    $0.86

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bogota

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

  • Andres Carne de Res Restaurant ( Chia ) Round-Trip Transfer Private Tour: $250
  • Private Salt Cathedral and Nemocón Salt Mines + In & out Transfer + (8 hours): $242
  • Private Visit to Zipaquira's Town & Salt Cathedral + In&Out Transfer + (6 hours): $176
  • Bogotá to or from Barichara or San Gil Private Transfer: $167
  • Bogotá to or from Villavieja or Tatacoa Desert Private Transfer: $167
  • Layover Bogotá Private Tour + Transfer in & Out (4 Hrs.) : $149
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City in a Luxury Van: $134
  • Departure Private Transfer Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Luxury Van: $134
  • Departure Private Transfer from Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Minibus: $124
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City by Minibus: $124
  • Departure Private Transfer Bogota City to Bogota Airport BOG in Business Car: $118
  • Arrival Private Transfer Bogota Airport BOG to Bogota City by Business Car: $118

Is it cheaper to fly into Punta del Este or Bogota?

Prices for flights to both Bogota and Punta del Este 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Punta del Este $30
    Bogota $13

Typical Food Prices in Bogota

For Bogota, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Breakfast
    $1.52
  • Hot Dog
    $0.89

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bogota

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

  • Bogota Local Food Tour in the City Center: $13
  • Peruvian cooking workshop: $26
  • Street Food Tour in Bogota with 10+ Tastings: $42
  • Viejo Bogota Food Tour with 13+ Tastings: $49
  • PALOQUEMAO MARKET FOOD TOUR. EXOTIC FRUIT. LOCAL SNACKS. /Min 2 pax: $55
  • Food Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $55
  • Bogota Food Tour • Private Car • Fruits Cacao Lunch Coffee Beer: $59
  • Carimañola Cooking Class in Bogota: $60
  • Bogotá Food Tour - La Candelaria: $61
  • Private Colombian Cooking Class and Market Tour In Bogota: $90
  • Dinner and party at Andres Carne de Res DC: $100
  • Private Street Food Tour in Candelaria Bogota: $131

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Punta del Este $10
    Bogota $13

Tours and Activities in Punta del Este

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Punta del Este.

  • Bike Tour Peninsula - Punta del Este: $65
  • City Tour Punta del Este Casapueblo Celebrity Azamara MSC Cruises: $300
  • Colonia Wine Experience for Food & Wine Lovers: $180
  • East Coast of Uruguay – Private Multi Day Tour: $1,900
  • From Cabo Polonio - Full Day Private Tour: $950
  • Full Day Private Shore Tour Montevideo from Punta Del Este Port: $293
  • Full Experience Tasting Menu Viña Edén: $157
  • Gourmet Food & Wine Experience from Punta del Este: $205
  • Guided Tour of Vineyards: $33
  • Guided Tour of the Winery Viña Edén: $18
  • Half Day City Tour in Punta del Este: $47
  • Half Day Tour in Piriapolis from Punta del Este: $170

Typical Entertainment Prices in Bogota

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Bogota's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Beer
    $1.27

Tours and Activities in Bogota

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

  • Bogotá Architecture Private Tour (6 Hrs.): $149
  • Bogota Zipaquira Salt Cathedral Private Tour + Lunch: $80
  • La Candelaria and Monserrate Walking Half Day Tour: $234
  • Lake Guatavitá Private Day Tour: $226
  • Private Salt Cathedral from Bogota • Guided Tour, Lunch & Tickets • 7h: $228
  • Salt Cathedral Zipaquira - Group tour and daily departure: $80
  • Zipaquira Salt Cathedral group tour Daily Departures: $80
  • *Private tour* to Guatavita sacred lagoon + Nemocon salt mine: $154
  • 3 Day Desert of the Tatacoa, an unforgettable experience closer to the stars: $299
  • 3 days- private tour Chingaza-Guatavita Savannah Expedition: $60
  • 3-4 Hours Tour in flight connection: $180
  • 3-Hour Walking Tour and Musical Picnic in the Heart of Ibague: $23

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Punta del Este $7.61
    Bogota $13

Sample the Local Flavors in Punta del Este

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Punta del Este:

  • Wine Tasting: $42
  • Half Day Private Canelones Wine Tour from Montevideo : $159

Sample the Local Flavors in Bogota

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bogota:

  • Tuesday Bogotá Bar Crawl in Zona T: $25
  • Saturday Beer and Bar Crawl Tour in Bogotá: $25
  • Thursday Bar Crawl in Bogotá: $26
  • Friday Night Bar Crawl in Bogotá : $29
  • Saturday Night Bar Crawl in Bogotá: $35
  • Pub Crawl in Bogotá: $45
  • Pub Crawl in Bogota - Ancient Brews : $103


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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Punta del Este Expensive? and Is Bogota Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Punta del Este or Bogota?

Bogota has a larger population, and is about 980 times larger than the population of Punta del Este. When comparing the sizes of Punta del Este and Bogota, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Punta del Este or Bogota?

Punta del Este has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Bogota experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Punta del Este or Bogota in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Punta del Este and Bogota. Bogota attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In the summer, Punta del Este is much warmer than Bogota. Typically, the summer temperatures in Punta del Este in January average around 23°C (73°F), and Bogota averages at about 14°C (57°F)in July.

In January, Punta del Este usually receives more rain than Bogotain July. Punta del Este gets 75 mm (3 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January and July
    Punta del Este 23°C (73°F) 
    Bogota 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Punta del Este or Bogota in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Punta del Este as well as Bogota. The warm climate attracts visitors to Bogota throughout the year.

In April, Punta del Este is generally a little warmer than Bogotain October. Daily temperatures in Punta del Este average around 17°C (63°F), and Bogota fluctuates around 14°C (57°F).

It's quite rainy in Bogota. Punta del Este usually gets less rain in April than Bogotain October. Punta del Este gets 84 mm (3.3 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April and October
    Punta del Este 17°C (63°F) 
    Bogota 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Punta del Este or Bogota in the Winter?

Both Bogota and Punta del Este are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Plenty of visitors come to Bogota because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

Punta del Este is cooler than Bogota in the winter. The daily temperature in Punta del Este averages around 10°C (50°F) in July, and Bogota fluctuates around 14°C (57°F)in January.

In July, Punta del Este usually receives more rain than Bogotain January. Punta del Este gets 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July and January
    Punta del Este 10°C (50°F) 
    Bogota 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Punta del Este or Bogota in the Spring?

Both Bogota and Punta del Este during the spring are popular places to visit. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Bogota year-round.

In the spring, Punta del Este is around the same temperature as Bogota. Typically, the spring temperatures in Punta del Este in October average around 16°C (61°F), and Bogota averages at about 15°C (59°F)in April.

Punta del Este usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Bogotain April. Punta del Este gets 85 mm (3.3 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October and April
    Punta del Este 16°C (61°F) 
    Bogota 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Bogota and Punta del Este

Punta del Este Bogota
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 23°C (73°F) 75 mm (3 in) 14°C (57°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Feb 22°C (72°F) 85 mm (3.3 in) 13°C (55°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Mar 20°C (68°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 15°C (59°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Apr 17°C (63°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 15°C (59°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
May 14°C (57°F) 91 mm (3.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Jun 11°C (52°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Jul 10°C (50°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Aug 11°C (52°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 13°C (55°F) 93 mm (3.7 in) 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Oct 16°C (61°F) 85 mm (3.3 in) 14°C (57°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 87 mm (3.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Dec 21°C (70°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in)