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

Should you visit Recife or Cochabamba?

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 Cochabamba 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 Cochabamba?


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.


With a population of about 630,000, Cochabamba is the fourth largest city in Bolivia. It's located about 240 kilometers from the capital city of La Paz and is surrounded by mountains, but sits within a valley.

The city is known for its gardens and has many sights to offer the visitor. Cochabamba offers a calming retreat that is a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of many South American cities. It's a great location to learn Spanish and there are plenty of activities and cultural events that you can enjoy in and around town.

Cochabamba's climate is semi-arid. There is an extended dry season between May and October and the wet season is from November to March. The days are warm and the nights are cool.

Which place is cheaper, Cochabamba or Recife?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Recife is $170, while the average daily cost in Cochabamba is $63. 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 Cochabamba in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Recife $90
    Cochabamba $25
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Recife $180
    Cochabamba $50
Compare Hotels in Recife and Cochabamba

Looking for a hotel in Recife or Cochabamba? 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 Cochabamba

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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 Cochabamba Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Recife $8.69
    Cochabamba $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Recife

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Recife:

  • Private Departure Transfer from Olinda City to Recife Airport: $26
  • Private Transfer from Olinda to Recife (REC) Airport: $46
  • Airport to Porto de Galinhas Transfer: $65
  • Recife Boat Tour with Transfers: $72
  • Airport to Maragogi Hotels Private Transfer: $85
  • Departure Transfer from Olinda to Recife Airport: $100
  • Private Transfer from Igarassu to Recife (REC) Airport : $102

Is it cheaper to fly into Recife or Cochabamba?

Prices for flights to both Cochabamba 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 $72
    Cochabamba $22

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Recife $12
    Cochabamba $25

Tours and Activities in Recife

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

  • Recife (Historic Centre) Scavenger Hunt and Self-Guided Tour: $7.95
  • Olinda Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $8.12
  • City Tour Recife & Olinda: $27
  • Colonial North Coast beaches - Full-Day Tour: $36
  • Olinda City Tour and Instituto Ricardo Brennand: $94
  • City Tour Recife with Catamaran included: $150

Tours and Activities in Cochabamba

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

  • Tour to Valle Alto (Tarata): $38
  • Tigre & Delta River Cruise - half day tour from Buenos Aires: $50
  • Parque Nacional Torotoro Tour 2 Días y 1 Noche : $228

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Recife -
    Cochabamba $15

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Recife and Cochabamba, we can see that Recife is more expensive. And not only is Cochabamba much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Cochabamba would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cochabamba 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 Cochabamba.

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

Which is Bigger, Recife or Cochabamba?

Recife has a larger population, and is about 64% larger than the population of Cochabamba. When comparing the sizes of Recife and Cochabamba, 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.