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

Should you visit Recife or Salento?

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

Salento

Founded in 1850, Salento is one of the oldest towns in Quindio. This colonial Colombian town has retained much of its old world charm, with its colorful buildings, large square and, of course, the obligatory church. Because the main route between Cali and Bogota which used to pass through Salento was diverted, the town didn't develop as quickly as others in the Quindio region. This gave Salento the opportunity to evolve into a thriving community of craftsmen and artisans as well as remaining one of the region's most prolific coffee producers. Salento is located 24 km northeast of the departmental capital Armenia. However, unlike its colorful neighbor, Armenia itself has very little to offer tourists. Salento attracts those wishing to learn about the coffee regions and for those who simply admire breathtaking scenery, and especially the stunning Cocora Valley.

Which city is cheaper, Salento or Recife?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Recife is $127, while the average daily cost in Salento is $26. 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 Salento in more detail.



Accommodation

The average price for accommodation for two people in Recife is $134. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.

If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $9.19. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Salento the cost is $18 on average.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Recife $67
    Salento $9.19
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Recife $134
    Salento $18

Food

In Recife travelers spend around $54 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 Salento can vary, the average travelers spends about $7.71 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Salento should cost around $3.08 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Salento is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Recife $54
    Salento $7.71

Local Transportation

The average price of local transportation around Recife is $6.46 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.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $12 per day to get around in Salento.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Recife $6.46
    Salento $12

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salento

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salento:

  • Arrival or Departure Transfer: Armenia Airport, Bus Station / Salento, Filandia: $50

Is it cheaper to fly into Recife or Salento?

Prices for flights to both Salento 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 $8.58 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.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $9.60 per person, per day in Salento. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Recife $8.58
    Salento $9.60

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 Salento

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

  • Permaculture and Traditional Coffee Tour at Momota Salento: $13
  • Cocora Valley & Hummingbirds House Adventure: $50
  • Cocora Valley on a Jeep & Hike Day Tour: $77
  • Coffee Farm Hacienda El Ocaso Half-Day Tour: $79
  • Full-Day Coffee Farm Experience at Finca El Ocaso from Salento: $87
  • Coffee Amusement & Museum Park Day Tour: $101
  • Cocora Valley + Horseback Riding Day Tour: $104
  • Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Filandia Coffee Town (from Salento): $123
  • Santa Rosa de Cabal and Hot Springs Full-Day Tour: $134
  • Full day coffee farm experience at Hacienda San Alberto from Salento: $152
  • Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Coffee Farm Tour (from Salento): $156
  • Wax Palms, Salento and Coffee Private Full Day Tour: $177

Alcohol

The average person spends about $9.41 on alcoholic beverages in Salento 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 -
    Salento $9.41


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

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