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

Should you visit Recife or Puerto Iguazu?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Recife and Puerto Iguazu 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.

Puerto Iguazu

Puerto Iguazu is located in the northeastern part of Argentina at the border with Paraguay and Brazil. It is a tourist city and travel destination because of its close proximity to Iguazu Falls, which is only 18 kilometers away. Much of the city's infrastructure has grown to maintain the tourist crowds that come to see the falls. The town itself has a population of slightly over 80,000.

Which city is cheaper, Puerto Iguazu 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 Puerto Iguazu is $58. 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 Puerto Iguazu 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.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $46 in Puerto Iguazu For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Recife $69
    Puerto Iguazu $23
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Recife $138
    Puerto Iguazu $46

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.

The average traveler spends about $21 per day in Puerto Iguazu for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Recife $55
    Puerto Iguazu $21

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Puerto Iguazu

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

  • El Quincho Del Tio Querido - Dinner And Show: $27
  • Foz do Iguaçu Folkloric Show with Dinner from Puerto Iguazú: $30
  • Foz do Iguacu: 2-Hour Rafain Churrascaria Show with Dinner: $55
  • Skip the Line: Dinner Tango Show in Iguazu Falls Ticket: $59
  • Folkloric Show with Dinner at Rafain Churrascaria: $63
  • Rafain Steakhouse Show - Dinner and Show Included: $69
  • Tio Querido Ranch Dinner and Show: $69
  • Dinner Tango Show in Iguazú Falls: $85
  • Creative Cooking Class and Dinner with Wine in Iguazu: $87
  • Tio Querido Dinner and Folk Show in Puerto Iguazú: $90
  • Skip the Line: Dinner Samba Show Ticket in Rafain (brazilian side): $99
  • Full day Iguazu Falls Argentinian side + Tango Show (no dinner): $110

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Recife is $6.61 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 Puerto Iguazu, the average visitor spends $18 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Recife $6.61
    Puerto Iguazu $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Recife

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Recife:

  • Transfer Recife Airport x Porto de Galinhas: $28
  • Transfer to Boa Viagem/ Piedade: $34
  • Recife Boat Tour with Transfers: $69
  • Private transfer: Recife to Recife International Airport (REC): $22
  • Private transfer: Recife International Airport (REC) to Recife: $25
  • Private transfer from Recife Airport to and from Maragogi: $121
  • Private Transfer from Recife City to Recife (REC) Airport: $52
  • Private Transfer from Recife (REC) Airport to Vitória de Santo Antão: $154
  • Private Transfer from Recife (REC) Airport to Triunfo: $708
  • Private Transfer from Recife (REC) Airport to Tamandaré: $182
  • Private Transfer from Recife (REC) Airport to São Miguel dos Milagres: $322
  • Private Transfer from Recife (REC) Airport to São Lourenço da Mata: $91

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Iguazu

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

  • Iguassu Falls Argentina Airport R/T Transfer to Hotels: $21
  • Puerto Iguazu Airport Shuttle Transfer: $30
  • Private 1-Way Airport Transfer: Downtown Foz do Iguaçu: $39
  • Iguazu Airport Private Transfer: $63
  • Iguazú Falls Brazil & Argentina 3-Day In-Out Transfers: $65
  • Iguazu: Transfer from Argentina Side: $95
  • Private One-Way Airport Transfer: $98
  • Iguazu Falls Pass: Transfers in/out + Visit to Iguazu Falls Argentininan Side: $110
  • Iguazu Falls: Day Tour including transfers and guided tour: $245

Is it cheaper to fly into Recife or Puerto Iguazu?

Prices for flights to both Puerto Iguazu 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 $8.78 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 Puerto Iguazu, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $19 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Recife $8.78
    Puerto Iguazu $19

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: $385
  • Carneiros Beach Day Tour: $40
  • City Tour Olinda And Recife Antigo: $26
  • City Tour of Olinda Including Instituto Ricardo Brennand: $77
  • City Tour of Recife Including the Park of Sculptures: $64
  • Cultutal Tour in Recife with Ricardo Brennand Institute: $26
  • Day Trip to Igarassu and Itamaracá Island Tour from Recife: $29
  • Full-Day Caruaru and Nova Jerusalém Theater Tour: $80
  • Gastronomic and Boat Evening Tour in Recife: $100
  • Half-Day Tour: Oficina Francisco Brennand and Ricardo Brennand Institute plus Park of Sculptures in Recife: $71
  • Igarassu And Itamaraca Island Tour: $38
  • Maragogi Beach Tour from Recife: $43

Tours and Activities in Puerto Iguazu

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

  • Iguazú Biocenter Tour: $10
  • Guira Oga Wild Animals Shelter Admission Ticket: $10
  • Ciudad del Este Shopping Tour: $17
  • Brazilian Side of Iguassu Falls Half-Day Sightseeing Tour from Puerto Iguazú: $20
  • Visit to San Ignacio Ruins and Wanda Mines Full day Tour: $21
  • Shopping Tour to Ciudad del Este, Paraguay: $21
  • Sightseeing Tour of the Argentinian and Brazilian Sides of Iguassu Falls: $23
  • Iguassu Falls Half Day Tour –Brazilian side: $24
  • Iguassu Falls Full Day Tour – Argentina Side: $24
  • Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side Half Day Trip with Itaipu Dam Tour Option: $24
  • Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side Full Day Tour with optional Boat Ride: $24
  • Guarani Village Tour From Puerto Iguassu: $25

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Puerto Iguazu spend on average $9.09 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Recife -
    Puerto Iguazu $9.09


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

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