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

Should you visit Recife or Bogota?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Recife and Bogota can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Recife or Bogota?


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.


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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Jungle Trekking Tours in Brazil, The Best Luxury Tours to Brazil, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Colombia, and The Best Adventure Tours to Colombia.

Which place is cheaper, Bogota or Recife?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Recife is $166, while the average daily cost in Bogota is $53. 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 Recife and Bogota in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Recife $88
    Bogota $26
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Recife $176
    Bogota $52
Compare Hotels in Recife and Bogota

Looking for a hotel in Recife 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 Recife

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: Recife Hotel Prices and Bogota Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Recife $8.47
    Bogota $8.77

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Recife

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Recife:

  • Shared Transfer from Recife to Cabo de Santo Agostinho: $33
  • Airport to Porto de Galinhas Transfer: $65
  • Airport to Maragogi Hotels Private Transfer: $85
  • Recife Boat Tour with Transfers: $72
  • Private Transfer from Recife to Tamandare Beach: $114
  • Private Transfer from Recife to Serrambi Beach: $101
  • Private Transfer from Recife to Olinda: $46
  • Private Transfer from Recife to Carneiros Beach: $114
  • Private Transfer from Olinda to Recife (REC) Airport: $46
  • Private Transfer from Igarassu to Recife (REC) Airport : $101
  • Instituto Ricardo Brennand with transfers from Recife: $41
  • Departure Transfer from Olinda to Recife Airport: $100

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bogota

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

  • Taxi from Airport
  • Taxi Ride
  • 2 Bus Passes

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bogota

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

  • Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: El Dorado Airport (One Way): $13
  • Transfer from El Dorado Airport to Hotels in Bogota (one way): $15
  • Transfer in private SUV from Bogota City - Bogota Airport (BOG): $18
  • Private Transfer El Dorado Airport to Hotels in Bogotá: $20
  • Downtown to Bogota Airport (BOG) Departure Private Transfer: $24
  • Private Transfer from Bogotá-El Dorado (BOG) Airport to Bogotá City: $33
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Bogota Airport (BOG)-Bogota City: $36
  • Salt Cathedral Zipaquira • Premium Private Transfer: $39
  • Andres Carne de Res Chia • Premium Private Transfer: $39
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Minivan Bogota City Airport (BOG) - Bogota City: $40
  • Bogota Airport BOG to Downtown Hotels Round Trip Private Transfer: $48
  • Private Bogota Airport drop-off Transfer: $59

Is it cheaper to fly into Recife or Bogota?

Prices for flights to both Bogota 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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Recife $70
    Bogota $14

Typical Food Prices in Bogota

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

  • Breakfast
  • Hot Dog

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bogota

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

  • Peruvian cooking workshop: $26
  • Bogotá Bites: Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings: $45
  • Viejo Bogota Food Tour with 13+ Tastings: $49
  • Food Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $55
  • Bogota Food Tour • Private Car • Fruits Cacao Lunch Coffee Beer: $59
  • 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

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Recife $11
    Bogota $13

Tours and Activities in Recife

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Recife are as follows:

  • City Tour Recife with Catamaran included: $150
  • Colonial North Coast beaches - Full-Day Tour: $35
  • Olinda City Tour and Instituto Ricardo Brennand: $94
  • Olinda Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $7.86
  • Recife (Historic Centre) Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Tour: $7.68
  • City Tour Recife & Olinda: $27

Typical Entertainment Prices in Bogota

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

  • Beer

Tours and Activities in Bogota

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

  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - El Dorado Expedition, Part II: $6.99
  • Tour of the Colombian Armed Conflict: war, drug trafficking and peace: $13
  • Graffiti Tour: a fascinating walk through a street art City: $13
  • Shared Tour of the Historic Candelaria in Bogotá: $13
  • Graffiti Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $13
  • Walking Tour in La Candelaria Bogotá: $14
  • Full Day Tour to the Colonial Town of Villa de Leyva: $15
  • Walking tour La Candelaria bogotá: $15
  • Cycling tour in Simon Bolivar Park and Virgilio Barco Library: $17
  • Historical Tour Bogotá: $18
  • Alternative tour of Bogotá: gastronomic and cultural: $18
  • Bike Tour through Bogotá: $19

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Recife -
    Bogota $14

Sample the Local Flavors in Bogota

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Bogota:

  • Thursday Bar Crawl in Bogotá: $25
  • Friday Night Bar Crawl in Bogotá : $25

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Recife and Bogota, we can see that Recife 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 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 Bogota.

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

Which is Bigger, Recife or Bogota?

Bogota has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Recife. When comparing the sizes of Recife 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 Recife or Bogota?

Recife 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 Recife or Bogota in the Summer?

Both Bogota and Recife during the summer are popular places to visit. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Bogota year-round.

In January, Recife is generally much warmer than Bogotain July. Daily temperatures in Recife average around 26°C (79°F), and Bogota fluctuates around 14°C (57°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Recife. Recife usually gets more rain in January than Bogotain July. Recife gets 108 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Summer Average Temperatures January and July
    Recife 26°C (79°F) 
    Bogota 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Recife or Bogota in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Recife and Bogota. Bogota attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

Recife is much warmer than Bogota in the autumn. The daily temperature in Recife averages around 26°C (79°F) in April, and Bogota fluctuates around 14°C (57°F)in October.

Bogota receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Recife gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Recife usually receives more rain than Bogotain October. Recife gets 338 mm (13.3 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures April and October
    Recife 26°C (79°F) 
    Bogota 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Recife or Bogota in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Recife as well as Bogota. The warm climate attracts visitors to Bogota throughout the year.

In the winter, Recife is much warmer than Bogota. Typically, the winter temperatures in Recife in July average around 24°C (76°F), and Bogota averages at about 14°C (57°F)in January.

Recife receives a lot of rain in the winter. Recife usually gets more rain in July than Bogotain January. Recife gets 388 mm (15.3 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures July and January
    Recife 24°C (76°F) 
    Bogota 14°C (57°F)

Should I visit Recife or Bogota in the Spring?

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

In October, Recife is generally much warmer than Bogotain April. Daily temperatures in Recife average around 25°C (77°F), and Bogota fluctuates around 15°C (59°F).

In October, Recife usually receives less rain than Bogotain April. Recife gets 63 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Bogota receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain each month for the spring.

  • Spring Average Temperatures October and April
    Recife 25°C (77°F) 
    Bogota 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Bogota and Recife

Recife Bogota
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 26°C (79°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 14°C (57°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Feb 26°C (80°F) 148 mm (5.8 in) 13°C (55°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Mar 26°C (80°F) 257 mm (10.1 in) 15°C (59°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Apr 26°C (79°F) 338 mm (13.3 in) 15°C (59°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
May 25°C (78°F) 319 mm (12.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Jun 25°C (77°F) 378 mm (14.9 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Jul 24°C (76°F) 388 mm (15.3 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Aug 24°C (75°F) 205 mm (8.1 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Oct 25°C (77°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 14°C (57°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Nov 26°C (79°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Dec 26°C (79°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 12°C (54°F) 50 mm (2 in)