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

Should you visit Asuncion or Puerto Varas?

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

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

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 Varas

Puerto Varas is a city in Southern Chile, in the Los Lagos (Lakes) Region, Llanquihue Province. It is a charming town, only 23 km away from Puerto Montt and surrounded by the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes as well as the impressive Llanquihue lake. In terms of landscape, accommodation and activities, Puerto Varas is well served! Kayak, paddle, canyoning, rock climbing, trekking, ski, fishing, you name it! If you decide to stop in that area, we recommend that you stay in Puerto Varas, as it provides the perfect starting point for many memorable excursions in the area.

Which place is cheaper, Puerto Varas 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 Puerto Varas is $107. 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 Varas in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Asuncion $23
    Puerto Varas $66
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Asuncion $46
    Puerto Varas $132
Compare Hotels in Asuncion and Puerto Varas

Looking for a hotel in Asuncion or Puerto Varas? 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 Varas


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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 Varas Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Asuncion $8.88
    Puerto Varas $21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Asuncion

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

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Varas

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Varas:

  • Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport: $50
  • Transfer from Hotel in Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport: $24
  • Transfer to Puerto Montt Airport: $22
  • Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport - Departure Private Transfer: $21
  • Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport (PMC) - Departure Transfer: $33
  • Puerto Varas Bus Terminal Private Transfer: $23
  • Puerto Varas Airport Shuttle Transfer: $38
  • Puerto Varas Airport Private Transfer: $62
  • Frutillar to Puerto Montt Airport PMC- Departure Private Transfer: $23
  • Frutillar to Puerto Airport (PMC) - Departure Private Transfer: $21
  • Cruce Andino Office Shuttle Transfer from Puerto Varas: $17
  • Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Varas: $24

Is it cheaper to fly into Asuncion or Puerto Varas?

Prices for flights to both Puerto Varas 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 Varas $24

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Asuncion $16
    Puerto Varas $19

Tours and Activities in Asuncion

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

  • Private Custom Walking Tour with a Local Guide in Asuncion: $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
  • Golden Triangle Tour: $110
  • Crystal Fall - day tour in a reduced group: $120
  • 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
  • Day tour “Pai Pukú”: $230

Tours and Activities in Puerto Varas

Here are a few actual costs in Puerto Varas for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Adventure Fullday Tour Osorno Volcano and Saltos de Petrohue National Park: $150
  • Classic Chiloe Tour: $70
  • From Puerto Montt or Osorno Volcano Tour: $31
  • From Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt: Chiloé Island Tour: $60
  • From Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Falls Day Tour: $49
  • Frutillar & Llanquihue Private Tour from Puerto Varas: $123
  • Frutillar Bike Tour from Puerto Varas: $79
  • Full Day Canyoning Adventure From Puerto Varas: $142
  • Full-Day Osorno Vulcano and Petrohue Falls Small-Group Tour: $80
  • Half-Day Small-Group Rafting Experience in Petrohué River: $50
  • Lake Llanquihue Bike Tour in Puerto Varas: $129
  • Llanquihue Lake Tour: $88

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Asuncion $10
    Puerto Varas $6.41
Typical Alcohol Prices in Asuncion

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


  • Beer
    $1.23


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Asuncion and Puerto Varas, we can see that Puerto Varas 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 Varas would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Puerto Varas 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 Varas Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Asuncion or Puerto Varas?

Asuncion has a larger population, and is about 60 times larger than the population of Puerto Varas. When comparing the sizes of Asuncion and Puerto Varas, 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 Varas?

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 Varas in the Summer?

Both Puerto Varas and Asuncion during the summer are popular places to visit.

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

In Puerto Varas, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Asuncion. In the summer, Asuncion often gets more sunshine than Puerto Varas. Asuncion gets 249 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Puerto Varas receives 204 hours of full sun.

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


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

Should I visit Asuncion or Puerto Varas in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Asuncion and Puerto Varas.

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

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

Puerto Varas receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Asuncion gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Asuncion usually receives around the same amount of rain as Puerto Varas. Asuncion gets 150 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Puerto Varas receives 143 mm (5.6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


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

Should I visit Asuncion or Puerto Varas in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Asuncion as well as Puerto Varas.

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

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

It's quite rainy in Puerto Varas. Asuncion usually gets less rain in July than Puerto Varas. Asuncion gets 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain, while Puerto Varas receives 229 mm (9 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Should I visit Asuncion or Puerto Varas in the Spring?

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

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

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Asuncion. Asuncion usually receives more sunshine than Puerto Varas during spring. Asuncion gets 206 hours of sunny skies, while Puerto Varas receives 151 hours of full sun in the spring.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Puerto Varas. It's quite rainy in Asuncion. In October, Asuncion usually receives around the same amount of rain as Puerto Varas. Asuncion gets 130 mm (5.1 in) of rain, while Puerto Varas receives 121 mm (4.8 in) of rain each month for the spring.


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

Typical Weather for Puerto Varas and Asuncion

Asuncion Puerto Varas
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)