A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Asuncion vs. Mendoza for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Asuncion or Mendoza?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

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

Where Should I go: Asuncion or Mendoza?


Asuncion is a vastly underrated city. It is the capital but also the administrative economic and cultural center of Paraguay. It is located in the south central part of the country, near the border with Argentina and it is one of the oldest cities in South America, with people living here since almost 500 years. The city has a beautiful and simple center, with a few unique colonial and beaux arts buildings, international cuisine, shady plazas and friendly people. Its handful of historic buildings around the Plaza de los Heroes, Plaza Uruguaya and Manzana de la Ribera, two or three small museums, old bars and cafes, but also smart suburbs, ritzy shopping malls and fashionable nightclubs will keep you entertained for a day or two. It is a very charming city for travellers and apart from the sights, the city boasts a good tourist infrastructure with hotels and restaurants.


Mendoza is a city in western Argentina and more precisely in the desertic Cuyo region. Mendoza is the center of the Argentinian wine industry and is famed around the world for its vineyards and wine production. Spread across the valley of the Rio Mendoza and in the foothills of the Andean mountain range, Mendoza is also near the Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas. The bustling and scenic city of wide, leafy avenues, atmospheric plazas and cosmopolitan cafes spoils visitors with unique natural attractions and historical landmarks. If you can, visit Mendoza during the harvest festival at the end of February. There are many events and festivals in Mendoza and they are usually free. Each has a different theme, and they usually have a stage with singing and dancing and booths that sell food around a plaza. Seventy percent of Argentina's wines are produced here, and Mendoza is especially known for its world-famous malbecs.

Which place is cheaper, Mendoza or Asuncion?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Asuncion is $69, while the average daily cost in Mendoza is $7.65. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Asuncion and Mendoza in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Asuncion $23
    Mendoza $2.91
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Asuncion $46
    Mendoza $5.82
Compare Hotels in Asuncion and Mendoza

Looking for a hotel in Asuncion or Mendoza? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Asuncion

Hotels in Mendoza

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Asuncion Hotel Prices and Mendoza Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Asuncion $8.88
    Mendoza $1.51

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Asuncion

Also for Asuncion, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer in private minivan from Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $29
  • Transfer in private minivan Asuncion City - Silvio Pettirosi Airport (ASU): $29
  • Transfer in private car from Asuncion City - Asuncion Airport (ASU): $20
  • Transfer in Private Car from Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $21
  • RoundTrip Transfer in Private Minivan Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $59
  • RoundTrip Private Transfer Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $52

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mendoza

Also for Mendoza, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Zuccardi Santa Julia+Lunch at Antigal Winery.Transfer included: $140
  • Zuccardi Piedra Infinita+Almuerzo Cundo Altamira.Transfer included: $190
  • Wineries Private Tour + Lunch w pairings + Transfer included: $150
  • Visit El Enemigo Winery+Lunch Antigal Winery.Transfer included: $160
  • Visit Clos de los 7 + The Vines with lunch. Transfer included: $230
  • Trapiche Winery Tasting + El Enemigo Lunch. Private transfer: $220
  • Trapiche Winery + Laur + Antigal Winery Lunch.Transfer included: $170
  • Transportation around Mendoza or others states!!! Trips.. transfers: $25
  • Transfer to Salentein Uco Valley with Lunch and Visit: $190
  • Transfer from the Airport to your Hotel in Mendoza: $40
  • Tasting in two wineries + full lunch. Transfer included: $120
  • Shared Transfer Mendoza Bus Station / Downtown Hotel: $22

Is it cheaper to fly into Asuncion or Mendoza?

Prices for flights to both Mendoza and Asuncion 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.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Asuncion $17
    Mendoza $3.42

Typical Food Prices in Mendoza

For Mendoza, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Empanadas

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mendoza

For Mendoza, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Traditional lunch with pairing, private cooking class and show: $110
  • Sunset Horseback Riding Tour in Lunlunta with Dinner Included: $115
  • Horseback Riding at Sunset and Dinner at the Estancia in Mendoza: $130
  • Cooking class - Gastronomic Experience - 12 classes per year: $150
  • Trip to the Marañon Art Park from Mendoza. Dinner in Uspallata: $170
  • Anaia Wines Private Tour with Gourmet Dinner in Azafran. Transport: $180
  • Full-Day Small-Group Mendoza Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch or Dinner: $183
  • Night Visit to Bodega Toneles + Dinner at El Enemigo. Transport: $210
  • Food Tour: $250
  • Cooking class at Bodega Lamadrid Winery in Luján de Cuyo: $270

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Asuncion $16
    Mendoza $2.16

Tours and Activities in Asuncion

For Asuncion, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Asunción Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $35
  • Asuncion Birding Tour: $70
  • Birding and Nature Chaco Tour: $140
  • Crystal Fall - day tour in a reduced group: $120
  • Day Tour “Cerrito”: $231
  • Day tour “Circuito San Bernardino”: $214
  • Day tour “Circuito Sapucai”: $221
  • Day tour “Pai Pukú”: $230
  • Day tour to “National Park Ybycuí”: $265
  • Golden Triangle Tour: $110
  • Half-Day Yparacai Lake Tour from Asuncion with Pick Up: $185
  • Paraguay River Nature and Wildlife Boat Tour from Asunción: $160

Tours and Activities in Mendoza

For Mendoza, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 3 Wineries biking tour in Chacras de Coria with lunch: $296
  • Aconcagua short hike, and high mountain tour with barbecue.: $175
  • Admire the majesty of the Cordillera: AltaMontaña Experience: $250
  • Adventure Park - Unforgettable Challenge!: $75
  • Amazing High mountain tour to Aconcagua: $140
  • Andean Adventure!: $190
  • Andes Day Hiking Tour Experience : $143
  • Andes Day Horseback Riding Tour and BBQ: $188
  • Andes High Mountain Tour in Mendoza: $99
  • Andes High Mountain full day Tour: $77
  • Andes Hiking Experience Full Day: $165
  • Andes Mountain Tour Circuit Mt Aconcagua: $250

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Asuncion $10
    Mendoza $1.30
Typical Alcohol Prices in Asuncion

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Asuncion are as follows:

  • Beer

Typical Alcohol Prices in Mendoza

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Mendoza:

  • Beer

Sample the Local Flavors in Mendoza

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Mendoza:

  • Organic, biodynamic and natural wine tasting class: $25
  • Half-Day Wine Tour with Tastings: $28
  • Vineyards with Wine Tasting in Mendoza: $36
  • Premium Wine Tasting In the Center of the City: $40
  • Argentinean Asado with Local Host and Wine Tasting: $109
  • Argentinean Asado with Local Host and Wine Tasting: $115
  • Luján de Cuyo best Wines- Ultimate Wine Tour: $130
  • Ultimate Uco Valley Wine Tour: $140
  • Full-Day Private Luján De Cuyo Wine Tour from Mendoza: $145
  • Mendoza Wine Tour with Lunch: $155
  • Private Maipu Valley Wine Tour from Mendoza: $159
  • wine tours in wine country mendoza Argentina: $160

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Asuncion Expensive? and Is Mendoza Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Asuncion or Mendoza?

Asuncion has a larger population, and is about 69% larger than the population of Mendoza. When comparing the sizes of Asuncion and Mendoza, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.