Should you visit Santa Marta or Pereira?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Santa Marta and Pereira can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Santa Marta is a city in the Magdalena Department of Colombia's Costa Norte. Over the last decade, security has steadily been replacing the shadow of the Colombia's violent past. One destination in Colombia's northeast region is now attracting more international visitors: the coastal Caribbean area of Santa Marta. Established in 1525 by the Spanish as a base of conquest, Santa Marta sits at the foot of the world's highest coastal mountain range, the towering Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It is South America's oldest European-founded town and the second most important colonial city on Colombia's Caribbean coast. While many travelers complain about Santa Marta's horrible traffic and unsightly urban sprawl, the city holds a numerous amounts of great hotels, bars and restaurants and holds a few fantastic destinations nearby to which you can go during the daytime.
Situated in a small valley in the western Andes, Pereira is the capital city of Risaralda, Colombia. The city is surrounded by coffee producing agriculture and sits in the middle of a triangle of cities including Bogota, Medillin and Cali, each of which is about a three to five hour drive away.
The city itself is very much student oriented, as there are many universities around town and at least one quarter of the population is made up of students. There is also a very European vibe to the city and you will find the area beautiful with many parks and museums.
Pereira's economy is based on government, agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, trade, commerce, and tourism. Agricultural products include sugarcane, cacao, rubber, cereals, coffee, and livestock. Apparel is the main manufacturing product, along with aluminium goods, motorcycles and telecommunications technology.
Pereira is found in a warm moorland area with an average temperature of around 72 degrees. The temperatures remain relatively consistent throughout the year with highs in the high 70s Fahrenheit to low 80s Fahrenheit. Low temperatures are usually in the low 60s Fahrenheit. Rain is heaviest during the months of April and May as well as October and November.
Which city is cheaper, Pereira or Santa Marta?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Santa Marta is $26, while the average daily cost in Pereira is $52. 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 Santa Marta and Pereira in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $22 for a double occupancy room in Santa Marta If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $42 for a double occupancy room in Pereira.
Santa Marta food costs typically run travelers around $7.98 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.
On average, meal and food prices in Pereira cost around $19 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $7.60.
Meals for one day
Santa Marta $7.98
Typical Food prices in Santa Marta
For Santa Marta, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Santa Marta
For Santa Marta, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Food Tour in Santa Marta Old City Half-Day:
Santa Marta 2-hour Street Food Tour:
Typical Food prices in Pereira
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Pereira:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pereira
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Pereira.
Private Tropical Cooking Class in Pereira with Fruit Tasting:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Santa Marta than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $4.20 on transportation in Santa Marta on average per day.
The cost of a taxi ride in Pereira is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $17 per person, per day, on local transportation in Pereira.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Santa Marta
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Santa Marta:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Santa Marta
Also for Santa Marta, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Airport Transfer: From Santa Marta Airport to Hotel in Santa Marta:
Private Airport Transfer: From Santa Marta Airport to Hotel in Taganga:
Private Airport Transfer: From Santa Marta Airport to Hotel in Tayrona Park:
Private Transfer Santa Marta to Palomino (or vice versa):
Private Transfer to / from Palomino, Tayrona Park or Minca from Santa Marta:
Private Transfer to Cartagena or Barranquilla City from Santa Marta:
Private transfer between Santa Marta and Cartagena (or vice versa):
Round trip transfer in Private Car from-to Santa Marta Airport(SMR) to City:
Round trip transfer in private minivan from-to Santa Marta Airport (SMR) to city:
Santa Marta Arrival or Departure Transfer: Airport / Cruise Ship Terminal:
Transfer Round Trip Airport - Hotel (santa Marta):
Transfer in Private Car from Santa Marta Airport (SMR) to Santa Marta city:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Pereira
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Pereira are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pereira
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Pereira:
Private Transfer Pereira to Salento (or vice versa):
Is it cheaper to fly into Santa Marta or Pereira?
Prices for flights to both Pereira and Santa Marta 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.
Sightseeing expenses in Santa Marta, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $11 per day, per person.
Entertainment and activities in Pereira typically cost an average of $15 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Tours and Activities in Santa Marta
For Santa Marta, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Skip the Line: Santa Marta Marine World Aquarium Admission Ticket and Guide:
Musical Experience "Vive Musicaribe":
BE RELAX TOUR - Bahia Concha:
Taganga snorkeling experience:
Santa Marta city tour:
Graffiti Tour in Santa Marta Old City:
Old City + Museum Santa Marta City Tour 3H:
Aquarium and White Beach Tour:
Tour E-Bike Playa Grande:
City Tour Santa Marta:
BE TROPICAL TOUR - Buritaca & Playa Los Angeles:
Aracataca And Ciénaga - Gabriel García Márquez Tour:
Tours and Activities in Pereira
Here are a few actual costs in Pereira for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
2-Day Biking and Hiking Tour in the Coffee Region from Pereira:
5-Day Biking Tour Including Coffee and Cultural from Pereira:
7-Day Biking Tour: Coffee, Cultural and Cocora Valley from Pereira:
Cocora Tour, Water Star:
Coffee Tour Santa Rosa de Cabal:
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Coffee Farm Tour (from Pereira):
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Filandia Coffee Town (from Pereira):
Pereira Full Day Bike Tour: Local Means of Transport Route:
Pereira Full Day Bike Tour: Nature and Coffee:
Romantic tour in Pereira:
The Best of Pereira Walking Tour:
[Online Experience] Enjoy the Awakening of Birds:
Typically, people visiting Santa Marta spend on average $5.34 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Pereira may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typical Alcohol prices in Santa Marta
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Santa Marta from other travelers:
Sample the Local Flavors in Santa Marta
Also in Santa Marta, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Nicks 1892 Coffee farm & Brewery:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Santa Marta and Pereira, we can see that Pereira is more expensive. And not only is Santa Marta much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Santa Marta would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Santa Marta 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 Pereira would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Pereira than you might in Santa Marta.
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