A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Salto vs. Tena for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Salto or Tena?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Salto or Tena, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Salto

Salto is in the citrus growing region of Northern Interior Uruguay, on the east bank of the Rio Uruguay. It is closely connected to the neighboring Argentinian city of Concordia that lies across the river on the western bank. Salto is Uruguay's second-largest city and the most northerly crossing point to Argentina. Salto is a very picturesque city that has a relaxing feel the entire year. However, people mostly come here for the nearby hot springs and the recreation area above the enormous Salto Grande hydroelectric dam.

Tena

Tena is the capital of the Napo Province, an attractive and quiet city in the Amazon rainforest, and is known as the "cinnamon capital" of Ecuador. Tena has a friendly population, lots of backpacker infrastructure, a gorgeous setting surrounded by jungle-covered hills and a high concentration of surrounding rivers where white-water lovers from around the world come to paddle and kayak. The town provides a gateway to exploration into Ecuador's most accessible part of the great Amazon rainforest, which does not leave visitors disappointed. Beyond being a base for discovering the jungle and its wildlife, Tena is also a hub for adventure sports which are abundant in the area. Tena is a charming place where many travelers find themselves hanging around quite happily before or after a trip into the rainforest.

Which city is cheaper, Tena or Salto?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Salto is $50, while the average daily cost in Tena is $41. 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 Salto and Tena in more detail.



Accommodation

A hotel room in Salto is about $42 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.

The average price for accommodation for two people in Tena is $38. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Salto $21
    Tena $19
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Salto $42
    Tena $38

Food

Food in Salto costs travelers about $17 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.

Tena food costs typically run travelers around $12 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Salto $17
    Tena $12

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $15 per day to get around in Salto.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $13 per day to get around in Tena.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Salto $15
    Tena $13

Is it cheaper to fly into Salto or Tena?

Prices for flights to both Tena and Salto 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

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $13 per person, per day in Salto. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $12 per person, per day in Tena. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Salto $13
    Tena $12

Tours and Activities in Tena

Here are a few actual costs in Tena for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 3 or 4 Day Amazon Napo Adventure: $392

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Salto may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $9.50 per day on alcoholic beverages.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Tena may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $8.38 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Salto $9.50
    Tena $8.38


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Salto and Tena, we can see that Salto is more expensive. And not only is Tena much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Tena would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Tena 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 Salto would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Salto than you might in Tena.

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