Should you visit Tena or Salento?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Tena and Salento can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
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.
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 Tena?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Tena is $41, 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 Tena and Salento in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Tena is $38. 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 $9.09. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Salento the cost is $18 on average.
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.
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.
Meals for one day
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $13 per day to get around in Tena.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $12 per day to get around in Salento.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salento
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salento:
Arrival or Departure Transfer: Armenia Airport, Bus Station / Salento, Filandia:
Is it cheaper to fly into Tena or Salento?
Prices for flights to both Salento and Tena 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 $12 per person, per day in Tena. 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 $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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Tena and Salento, we can see that Tena 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 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 Salento.
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