Should you visit Recife or Asuncion?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Recife and Asuncion can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
One of the largest cities on Brazil's northeast coast, Recife is also the capital of the state of Pernambuco. The city gets its name from the Portuguese word for "reef," as it was built around a landscape of natural reef beaches. Many people visit to enjoy these beaches, experience the culture, and explore the history of this important Brazilian city.
Asuncion is a vastly underrated city. It is the capital but also the administrative economic and cultural center of Paraguay. It is located in the south central part of the country, near the border with Argentina and it is one of the oldest cities in South America, with people living here since almost 500 years. The city has a beautiful and simple center, with a few unique colonial and beaux arts buildings, international cuisine, shady plazas and friendly people. Its handful of historic buildings around the Plaza de los Heroes, Plaza Uruguaya and Manzana de la Ribera, two or three small museums, old bars and cafes, but also smart suburbs, ritzy shopping malls and fashionable nightclubs will keep you entertained for a day or two. It is a very charming city for travellers and apart from the sights, the city boasts a good tourist infrastructure with hotels and restaurants.
Which city is cheaper, Asuncion or Recife?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Recife is $129, while the average daily cost in Asuncion is $59. 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 Recife and Asuncion in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Recife is $136. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
The prices for places to stay in Asuncion can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $19, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $38.
In Recife travelers spend around $55 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.
In Asuncion travelers spend around $15 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.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Asuncion
For Asuncion, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Asunción Dinner and Show Experience:
Private Tour: Asuncion at Night with Dinner Show:
Dinner Show in Asuncion:
The average price of local transportation around Recife is $6.59 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.
To get around in Asuncion, the average visitor spends $7.62 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Recife
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Recife:
Transfer Recife Airport x Porto de Galinhas:
Transfer to Boa Viagem/ Piedade:
Recife Boat Tour with Transfers:
Private transfer: Recife to Recife International Airport (REC):
Private transfer: Recife International Airport (REC) to Recife:
Private transfer from Recife Airport to and from Maragogi:
Private Transfer from Recife City to Recife (REC) Airport:
Private Transfer from Recife (REC) Airport to Vitória de Santo Antão:
Private Transfer from Recife (REC) Airport to Triunfo:
Private Transfer from Recife (REC) Airport to Tamandaré:
Private Transfer from Recife (REC) Airport to São Miguel dos Milagres:
Private Transfer from Recife (REC) Airport to São Lourenço da Mata:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Asuncion
Also for Asuncion, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Airport Transfer: from Asuncion to Silvio Pettirossi Int. Airport (ASU):
Transfer in private car from Asuncion City to Asuncion Silvio Pettirosi Airport:
Transfer in private minivan from Asuncion City to Silvio Pettirosi Airport:
Round Trip Transfer Silvio Pettirossi Airport (ASU) to Asuncion City Center:
Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Asunción Airport:
Private Arrival Transfer: Asunción Airport to Hotel:
Is it cheaper to fly into Recife or Asuncion?
Prices for flights to both Asuncion and Recife 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.
Recife's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $8.76 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.
In Asuncion, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $14 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Recife
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Recife are as follows:
5-Day Pernambuco Tour from Recife:
Carneiros Beach Day Tour:
City Tour Olinda And Recife Antigo:
City Tour of Olinda Including Instituto Ricardo Brennand:
City Tour of Recife Including the Park of Sculptures:
Cultutal Tour in Recife with Ricardo Brennand Institute:
Day Trip to Igarassu and Itamaracá Island Tour from Recife:
Full-Day Caruaru and Nova Jerusalém Theater Tour:
Gastronomic and Boat Evening Tour in Recife:
Half-Day Tour: Oficina Francisco Brennand and Ricardo Brennand Institute plus Park of Sculptures in Recife:
Igarassu And Itamaraca Island Tour:
Maragogi Beach Tour from Recife:
Tours and Activities in Asuncion
For Asuncion, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Asunción Like a Local: Customized Private Tour:
City Tour Asunción:
2 Hours Catamaran Tour from the Asunción Bay with Audio Guide:
Private Tour: Golden Circuit from Asuncion:
Asuncion Birding Tour:
Asunción City Market Tour:
Asunción Small-Group Art and Cultural Walking Tour:
Cultural City 3 Hour Tour in Asuncion by Bus:
Private Half day city tour in Asuncion, Paraguay:
Golden Triangle Tour:
Crystal Fall - day tour in a reduced group:
Shopping tour in Asuncion:
Typically, people visiting Asuncion spend on average $8.95 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typical Alcohol prices in Asuncion
Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Asuncion are as follows:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Recife and Asuncion, we can see that Recife is more expensive. And not only is Asuncion much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Asuncion would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Asuncion 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 Recife would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Recife than you might in Asuncion.
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