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

Should you visit Recife or El Chalten?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Recife and El Chalten can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Recife

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.

El Chalten

El Chalten is probably one of the most beautiful areas of Patagonia, especially at the slightest ray of sunshine and one of your cheapest destination while you are travelling in Patagonia. Indeed, you will spend your days hiking and there are no park fees. There are restaurants, souvenir shops, and outdoor stores but most of them will not accept credit cards so before heading out, get cash in El Calafate or your previous stop. For the beginners, it will be long hikes in a magical setting and for the experts perhaps a week long expedition to the greatest glaciers of the world. To discover the way people live in the pampa, you may also decide to stay at an Estancia. In the stunning Estancia Santa Thelma, about 300km away from El Chalten, you will be able to explore the surroundings by horse, live a unique experience in the middle of the nature and its vast plains occupied by thousands of merino sheep and horses and of course eat a typical meal of the region.

Which city is cheaper, El Chalten or Recife?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Recife is $130, while the average daily cost in El Chalten is $71. 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 El Chalten in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Recife is $138. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

The average price for accommodation for two people in El Chalten is $64. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Recife $69
    El Chalten $32
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Recife $138
    El Chalten $64

Food

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.

While meal prices in El Chalten can vary, the average travelers spends about $26 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in El Chalten should cost around $10 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in El Chalten is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Recife $55
    El Chalten $26

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Recife is $6.66 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.

The cost of a taxi ride in El Chalten is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $17 per person, per day, on local transportation in El Chalten.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Recife $6.66
    El Chalten $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Recife

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Recife:

  • Private Departure Transfer from Recife City to Recife Airport: $17
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Recife Airport to Recife City: $17
  • Arrival Transfer from Recife Airport to Boa Viagem Pina or Piedade: $20
  • Private transfer: Recife to Recife International Airport (REC): $22
  • Private transfer: Recife International Airport (REC) to Recife: $25
  • Private Airport Transfer: Recife/Guararapes Int. Airport (REC) to Recife: $28
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Recife to Recife/Guararapes Int. Airport (REC): $28
  • Transfer Recife Airport x Porto de Galinhas: $28
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Recife Airport to Olinda City: $28
  • Arrival Transfer from Recife Airport to Cabo de Santo Agostinho: $30
  • Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer: Recife Airport to Recife City: $34
  • Transfer to Boa Viagem/ Piedade: $34

Is it cheaper to fly into Recife or El Chalten?

Prices for flights to both El Chalten 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.





Entertainment

Recife's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $8.84 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.

Entertainment and activities in El Chalten typically cost an average of $19 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Recife $8.84
    El Chalten $19

Tours and Activities in Recife

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

  • Recife and Olinda City Tour: $26
  • City Tour Olinda And Recife Antigo: $26
  • Cultutal Tour in Recife with Ricardo Brennand Institute: $26
  • Recife Tour By Night: $27
  • Day Trip to Igarassu and Itamarac√° Island Tour from Recife: $29
  • Recife & Olinda Tour in Spanish & Portuguese, English Option: $29
  • Recife Culture Tour Including Ricardo Brennand Institute: $37
  • Igarassu And Itamaraca Island Tour: $38
  • Recife Boat Tour: $38
  • Recife 1-Day Tour to Porto Galinhas: $39
  • Carneiros Beach Day Tour: $40
  • Maragogi Beach Tour from Recife: $43

Tours and Activities in El Chalten

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

  • El Chalten Rafting Experience: $149
  • El Chalten Rafting Experience: $225
  • Module Fitz Roy Adventure: $305
  • 2-Day Chalten Adventure tour: Laguna de los Tres, Mount Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre: $333
  • 2-Day Hiking Tour of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre from El Chalten: $553
  • 3-Day Eco-Lodge Trekking Tour at Los Glaciares National Park from El Chalten: $789

Alcohol

The average person spends about $8.70 on alcoholic beverages in El Chalten per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Recife -
    El Chalten $8.70


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

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