Should you visit Salvador or Tena?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Salvador 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.
Salvador de Bahia was the first capital of Brazil, founded by the Portuguese in 1549. Also known as "Brazil's capital of happiness," Salvador is famous for its plentiful and spirited street festivals. The third most populous city in Brazil, Salvador is also well-known for its Afro-Brazilian culture and Portuguese colonial architecture.
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 Salvador?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Salvador is $34, 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 Salvador and Tena in more detail.
A hotel room in Salvador is about $38 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.
In Salvador travelers spend around $10 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.
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.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Salvador
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Salvador:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Salvador
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Salvador.
Pelourinho By Night - Dinner & Show:
Pelourinho By Night With Folkloric Show and Dinner:
Private Tour to Cultural Show and Dinner in Salvador:
Private Cooking Experience in Salvador:
Salvador by Night: Cultural Dinner and Show:
Bahia By Night: Dinner and Folkloric show:
Cooking Class with a Local and Spice Gift:
Bahia By Night Dinner and Dance Show Ticket:
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $4.70 per day to get around in Salvador.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $13 per day to get around in Tena.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Salvador
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Salvador:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salvador
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salvador:
Grand Palladium Imbassai Private Transfer 4 to 12 Pax:
Iberostar Praia do Forte or Bahia Private Transfer 4 to 12 Pax:
Ivan Bahia, Private Transfer Lençois (Chapada Diamantina) to / from Salvador BA:
Morro de São Paulo Shared Transfer From/To Salvador:
Praia do Forte Private Transfer From Salvador:
Praia do Forte Shared Transfer From Salvador:
Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer: Salvador de Bahia Airport to Salvador City:
Private Airport Transfer: Salvador Int. Airport (SSA) to Salvador de Bahia:
Private Airport Transfer: from Salvador de Bahia to Salvador Int. Airport (SSA):
Private Arrival Transfer from Salvador de Bahia Airport to Salvador City:
Private Departure Transfer from Salvador City to Salvador de Bahia Airport:
Private One Way Airport Transfer - Morro de São Paulo:
Is it cheaper to fly into Salvador or Tena?
Prices for flights to both Tena and Salvador 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 $4.43 per person, per day in Salvador. 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.
Tours and Activities in Salvador
Here are a few actual costs in Salvador for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova Guided Tour Including Entrance Ticket:
Discover the Ancient Deities of Brazil's Candomblé (Online Experience):
Salvador Panoramic City Tour:
Salvador Historical City Center Tour:
Panoramic Salvador Half Day City Tour:
Historical Salvador City Tour:
Shared Salvador City Tour:
Half Day Historical City Tour (Private):
Historic City Tour in Salvador:
Panoramic Sightseeing City Tour:
Schooner Tour to Ilha dos Frades and Itaparica from Salvador:
North Beach Praia do Forte and Guarajuba Tour:
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:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Salvador may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $5.92 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 $8.26 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typical Alcohol prices in Salvador
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Salvador:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Salvador and Tena, we can see that Tena is more expensive. And not only is Salvador much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Salvador would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Salvador 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 Tena would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Tena than you might in Salvador.
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