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

Should you visit Asuncion or Puerto Montt?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Asuncion or Puerto Montt, 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 Puerto Montt?

Asuncion

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.

Puerto Montt

The Lake District is a region of snow capped volcanoes, pale green lakes and endless miles of virgin and ancient forests. Found 1,016 km away from Santiago de Chile, Puerto Montt is famous for its beautiful lakes and its germanic architecture, old wooden houses and its legendary Iglesia Catedral, found on the town's main square, la Plaza de Armas. The monument, entirely built with alerce (cypress) wood, is the oldest building of the city. The capital of the Lake Region is a good starting point for many memorable excursions in the area.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Vineyard & Wine Tours in Chile, and The Best Food and Culinary Tours in Chile.


Which place is cheaper, Puerto Montt or Asuncion?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Asuncion is $67, while the average daily cost in Puerto Montt is $93. 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 Puerto Montt in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Asuncion $22
    Puerto Montt $64
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Asuncion $44
    Puerto Montt $128
Compare Hotels in Asuncion and Puerto Montt

Looking for a hotel in Asuncion or Puerto Montt? 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 Puerto Montt


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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 Puerto Montt Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Asuncion $8.62
    Puerto Montt $6.70

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Asuncion

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

  • Transfer in Private Car from Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $17
  • Transfer in private car from Asuncion City - Asuncion Airport (ASU): $17
  • Transfer in private minivan from Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $23
  • Transfer in private minivan Asuncion City - Silvio Pettirosi Airport (ASU): $23
  • RoundTrip Private Transfer Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $33
  • RoundTrip Transfer in Private Minivan Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $46

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Montt

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Montt:

  • Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Puerto Varas: $50
  • Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Frutillar: $80
  • Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Castro: $300
  • Transfer Puerto Montt Airport to Castro: $277
  • Puerto Tepual Airport (PMC) to Puerto Varas - Arrival Transfer: $21
  • Puerto Montt Shuttle Transfer: $34
  • Puerto Montt El Tepual Airport (PMC) to Pucon - Arrival Transfer: $115
  • Puerto Montt Departure Transfer from Hotel: $23
  • Puerto Montt Airport(PMC) to Frutillar - Arrival Private Transfer: $21
  • Puerto Montt Airport(PMC) to Frutillar - Arrival Private Transfer: $23
  • Puerto Montt Airport to Puerto Varas - RoundTrip Private Transfer: $42
  • Puerto Montt Airport Arrival Transfer to Hotel in Puerto Varas: $24

Is it cheaper to fly into Asuncion or Puerto Montt?

Prices for flights to both Puerto Montt 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Asuncion $17
    Puerto Montt $22

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Asuncion $16
    Puerto Montt $14

Tours and Activities in Asuncion

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

  • Asuncion : Custom Walking Tour with A Guide (Private Tour): $34
  • Walking Tour with a Local in Asuncion "The Mother of Cities": $35
  • Asunción Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $35
  • Asuncion Birding Tour: $70
  • Crystal Fall - day tour in a reduced group: $85
  • Golden Triangle Tour: $110
  • Birding and Nature Chaco Tour: $140
  • Paraguay River Nature and Wildlife Boat Tour from Asunción: $160
  • Half-Day Yparacai Lake Tour from Asuncion with Pick Up: $185
  • Day tour “Circuito San Bernardino”: $214
  • Day tour “Circuito Sapucai”: $221
  • Full day Paraguay River Nature and Wildlife Boat Tour: $230

Tours and Activities in Puerto Montt

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Puerto Montt are as follows:

  • 6 Hours Shared Tour in Calbuco and Millennial Forest : $130
  • Alerce Andino National Park/Alerce Millenario/Cruises: $77
  • Austral / Hornopiren Road Tour: $102
  • Cruise Shore Excursion Osorno Volcano & Petrohué Waterfalls: $235
  • Frutillar & Llanquihue Private Tour from Puerto Montt: $128
  • Frutillar & Llanquihue Tour from Puerto Montt: $56
  • Frutillar Tour: $31
  • Osorno Volcano Tour+Petrohue Falls / Cruises / Spanish: $68
  • Private Day tour Petrohue Falls, Osorno Volcano & Puerto Varas: $250
  • Private Shore Excursion Tour to Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and Frutillar: $143
  • Private Tour: Puerto Montt Sightseeing: $47
  • Private Tour: Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and Vicente Peres Rosales National Park: $164

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Asuncion $10
    Puerto Montt $4.68
Typical Alcohol Prices in Asuncion

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


  • Beer
    $1.20


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

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


Which is Bigger, Asuncion or Puerto Montt?

Asuncion has a larger population, and is about 9 times larger than the population of Puerto Montt. When comparing the sizes of Asuncion and Puerto Montt, 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.


When is the best time to visit Asuncion or Puerto Montt?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the southern hemisphere, summer is in January and winter is in July.

Should I visit Asuncion or Puerto Montt in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Asuncion as well as Puerto Montt.

In the summer, Asuncion is much warmer than Puerto Montt. Typically, the summer temperatures in Asuncion in January average around 29°C (84°F), and Puerto Montt averages at about 16°C (60°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Puerto Montt. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Asuncion this time of the year. In the summer, Asuncion often gets more sunshine than Puerto Montt. Asuncion gets 249 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Puerto Montt receives 204 hours of full sun.

Asuncion receives a lot of rain in the summer. Asuncion usually gets more rain in January than Puerto Montt. Asuncion gets 150 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Puerto Montt receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January
    Asuncion 29°C (84°F) 
    Puerto Montt 16°C (60°F)

Should I visit Asuncion or Puerto Montt in the Autumn?

Both Puerto Montt and Asuncion are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities.

In April, Asuncion is generally much warmer than Puerto Montt. Daily temperatures in Asuncion average around 24°C (75°F), and Puerto Montt fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

Asuncion usually receives more sunshine than Puerto Montt during autumn. Asuncion gets 199 hours of sunny skies, while Puerto Montt receives 104 hours of full sun in the autumn.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Puerto Montt. It's quite rainy in Asuncion. In April, Asuncion usually receives around the same amount of rain as Puerto Montt. Asuncion gets 150 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Puerto Montt receives 143 mm (5.6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April
    Asuncion 24°C (75°F) 
    Puerto Montt 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Asuncion or Puerto Montt in the Winter?

Both Puerto Montt and Asuncion during the winter are popular places to visit.

Asuncion is much warmer than Puerto Montt in the winter. The daily temperature in Asuncion averages around 19°C (66°F) in July, and Puerto Montt fluctuates around 7°C (45°F).

In the winter, Asuncion often gets more sunshine than Puerto Montt. Asuncion gets 191 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Puerto Montt receives 67 hours of full sun.

Puerto Montt gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Asuncion usually gets less rain in July than Puerto Montt. Asuncion gets 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Puerto Montt receives 229 mm (9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July
    Asuncion 19°C (66°F) 
    Puerto Montt 7°C (45°F)

Should I visit Asuncion or Puerto Montt in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Asuncion and Puerto Montt.

In the spring, Asuncion is much warmer than Puerto Montt. Typically, the spring temperatures in Asuncion in October average around 25°C (77°F), and Puerto Montt averages at about 11°C (51°F).

In Asuncion, it's very sunny this time of the year. Asuncion usually receives more sunshine than Puerto Montt during spring. Asuncion gets 206 hours of sunny skies, while Puerto Montt receives 151 hours of full sun in the spring.

Puerto Montt receives a lot of rain in the spring. Asuncion gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Asuncion usually receives around the same amount of rain as Puerto Montt. Asuncion gets 130 mm (5.1 in) of rain, while Puerto Montt receives 121 mm (4.8 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October
    Asuncion 25°C (77°F) 
    Puerto Montt 11°C (51°F)

Typical Weather for Puerto Montt and Asuncion

Asuncion Puerto Montt
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 29°C (84°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 16°C (60°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Feb 27°C (81°F) 140 mm (5.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 93 mm (3.7 in)
Mar 26°C (79°F) 140 mm (5.5 in) 13°C (55°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)
Apr 24°C (75°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 11°C (51°F) 143 mm (5.6 in)
May 21°C (70°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 9°C (49°F) 234 mm (9.2 in)
Jun 19°C (66°F) 50 mm (2 in) 8°C (46°F) 224 mm (8.8 in)
Jul 19°C (66°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 7°C (45°F) 229 mm (9 in)
Aug 21°C (70°F) 50 mm (2 in) 8°C (46°F) 209 mm (8.2 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 9°C (47°F) 146 mm (5.7 in)
Oct 25°C (77°F) 130 mm (5.1 in) 11°C (51°F) 121 mm (4.8 in)
Nov 26°C (79°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 12°C (54°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Dec 28°C (82°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 14°C (58°F) 103 mm (4.1 in)