Should you visit Banos or Mendoza?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Banos and Mendoza. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.
Banos (de Agua Santa) is a small city in the Andean highlands of Ecuador under volcano Tungurahua. Its name, which is Spanish for "Baths (of sacred water)," comes from the famous hydrothermal springs in the area. It's equally popular with foreigners as with Ecuadorians, and is known as the adventure capital of Ecuador. The streets are lined with hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, and tour agencies. Although it is very touristy, lots of people love it, more for the activities and surroundings than for the city itself. It is an important hub for outdoor sports and jungle tours.
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 city is cheaper, Mendoza or Banos?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Banos is $37, while the average daily cost in Mendoza is $54. 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 Banos and Mendoza in more detail.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $24 for a double occupancy room in Banos.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Mendoza, $40 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Mendoza, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $20, such as in a hostel.
Food in Banos costs travelers about $12 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
While meal prices in Mendoza can vary, the average travelers spends about $24 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Mendoza should cost around $9.60 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Mendoza is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Banos
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Banos:
Typical Food prices in Mendoza
For Mendoza, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mendoza
For Mendoza, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Gourmet Dinner at Espacio Trapiche:
Cooking class experience at a Mendoza winery:
Asado cooking class and dinner in Mendoza city.:
Winery dinner. Enjoy the best restaurant in a winery:
The average price of local transportation around Banos is $8.27 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Mendoza's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $11 per person, per day on transportation in Mendoza.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mendoza
Also for Mendoza, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Mendoza Airport Arrival Transfer:
Mendoza Airport Shuttle Transfer:
One Way Transfer - Mendoza Airport to/from Mendoza City:
Premium Spa Day & Fango Therapy at Cacheuta Hot Springs with Lunch and Transfers:
Private Airport Transfer: El Plumerillo International Airport (MDZ) to Mendoza:
Private Airport Transfer: Mendoza to El Plumerillo International Airport (MDZ):
Private Transfer in Mendoza:
Shared Transfer Mendoza Bus Station / Downtown Hotel:
Banos's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $15 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Mendoza can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $15 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Typical Entertainment prices in Banos
Here are a few typical costs in Banos for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:
Tours and Activities in Banos
Here are a few actual costs in Banos for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Adventure in Baños 3 Days 2 Nights:
Baños's Top Attractions Pass (Save 10% on tickets):
Chimborazo Volcano from Baños private day Tour:
Fishing Tour & Local Life in Baños:
Tours and Activities in Mendoza
For Mendoza, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Half Day Mendoza City Sightseeing Tour:
Mendoza City Tour:
FOLLOW MENDOZA, Walking City & Park tour:
Villavicencio Natural Reserve Half-Day Tour from Mendoza:
Mendoza City & General San Martin Park 2.5-Hour Tour:
Mendoza Half-Day Sightseeing Tour:
City Tour of Mendoza with Cerro de la Gloria:
From High Andes Aconcagua Mountain Tour:
Mendoza walking tour. Visit Mendoza city:
Wineries tour in Mendoza with La Carrodilla Church:
Full Day High Mountain Tour from Mendoza:
From San Rafael Sightseeing and Atuel Canyon Tour:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Banos may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $7.79 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typically, people visiting Mendoza spend on average $9.11 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typical Alcohol prices in Banos
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Banos from other travelers:
Typical Alcohol prices in Mendoza
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Mendoza:
Sample the Local Flavors in Mendoza
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Mendoza:
Vineyards with Wine Tasting in Mendoza:
Mendoza Wine Tour with Lunch:
Sunday Wine Tasting Tour and Argentinien BBQ:
Bike wine tour. Visit 2 of the best wineries:
Private Uco Valley Tour including Lunch and Wine Tasting from Mendoza:
Private Lujan Wine Tour with Gourmet Wine-Paired Lunch from Mendoza:
Mendoza 4-Day Sightseeing and Wine Tour:
Half day wine tour. Visit 2 wineries in Lujan de Cuyo:
Private Wine Tasting and Vineyards Tour from Mendoza:
Deluxe Mendoza Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour:
Bike wine tours. Visit 3 wineries and enjoy gourmet lunch:
Luján de Cuyo best Wines- Ultimate Wine Tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Banos and Mendoza, we can see that Mendoza is more expensive. And not only is Banos much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Banos would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Banos 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 Mendoza would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Mendoza than you might in Banos.
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