Should you visit Salento or Paracas?
Should I visit Salento or Paracas? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
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.
Paracas, also known as El Chaco, is a resort town on the Southern coast of the country, about 150 miles south of Lima. The town in located in one of the oldest regions of Peru, with a history dating back to 900 BC and offers many pre-Inca cultural sites throughout the area. Paracas is possibly best known for being home to the Paracas National Reserve, a nature reserve boasting one of the most abundant and diverse ecosystems in the world.
Which city is cheaper, Paracas or Salento?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Salento is $26, while the average daily cost in Paracas is $45. 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 Salento and Paracas in more detail.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $9.09. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Salento the cost is $18 on average.
Paracas's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $32. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $16.
While meal prices in Salento can vary, the average travelers spends about $7.62 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Salento should cost around $3.05 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.
Paracas food costs typically run travelers around $17 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Paracas
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Paracas.
Dinner on Paracas Desert:
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $12 per day to get around in Salento.
The average price of local transportation around Paracas is $13 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.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salento
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salento:
Arrival or Departure Transfer: Armenia Airport, Bus Station / Salento, Filandia:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Paracas
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Paracas:
Private Bus Station transfer in Paracas:
Private Transfer from Paracas to Ica:
Transfer Paracas -Lima:
Private transfer from Paracas to Lima (price per vehicle):
Private transfer from Paracas to Lima Airport (price per vehicle):
Is it cheaper to fly into Salento or Paracas?
Prices for flights to both Paracas and Salento 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.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $9.49 per person, per day in Salento. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Paracas's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $18 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.
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:
Cocora Valley & Hummingbirds House Adventure:
Cocora Valley on a Jeep & Hike Day Tour:
Coffee Farm Hacienda El Ocaso Half-Day Tour:
Full-Day Coffee Farm Experience at Finca El Ocaso from Salento:
Coffee Amusement & Museum Park Day Tour:
Cocora Valley + Horseback Riding Day Tour:
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Filandia Coffee Town (from Salento):
Santa Rosa de Cabal and Hot Springs Full-Day Tour:
Full day coffee farm experience at Hacienda San Alberto from Salento:
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Coffee Farm Tour (from Salento):
Wax Palms, Salento and Coffee Private Full Day Tour:
Tours and Activities in Paracas
Here are a few actual costs in Paracas for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Ballestas Islands Sightseeing Boat Ride from Paracas:
Ballestas Islands Group Tour from Paracas:
Ballestas Islands for cruise ship passenger - Paracas Harbour:
Ballestas Islands and Chandelier tour from Paracas:
Ballestas Islands Sigthseeing Tour:
Wildlife of the Ballestas Islands Boat Tour:
ATV Tour in Paracas:
Tour to Ballestas Islands from Chaco Dock:
Half day Tour to the Paracas National Reserve from Puerto San Martín:
Paracas National Reserve Private Tour:
Tour to Paracas National Reserve:
Tour Dune Buggies in Paracas:
The average person spends about $9.31 on alcoholic beverages in Salento per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Paracas may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $8.02 per day on alcoholic beverages.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Salento and Paracas, we can see that Paracas 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 Paracas would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Paracas than you might in Salento.
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