A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Banos vs. Puerto Natales

Should you visit Banos or Puerto Natales?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Banos and Puerto Natales. 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

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.

Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales is a beautiful town located in the Chilean Patagonia on the Senoret Channel. The city is often used as a base camp for trips to the surrounding national parks due to their plentiful restaurant options and access to internet. Puerto Natales is also known for being the base city to the Torres del Paine National Park, which was named the 5th most beautiful place in the world by National Geographic.

Which city is cheaper, Puerto Natales 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 Puerto Natales is $89. 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 Puerto Natales in more detail.




Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $24 for a double occupancy room in Banos.

Puerto Natales's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $80. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $40.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Banos $12
    Puerto Natales $40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Banos $24
    Puerto Natales $80


Food

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.

Puerto Natales food costs typically run travelers around $29 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Banos $12
    Puerto Natales $29
Typical Food prices in Banos

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Banos:


  • Dinner
    $13
  • Ice cream
    $1.50
  • Coffee
    $2.50

Typical Food prices in Puerto Natales

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Puerto Natales:


  • Cake
    $1.38
  • Dinner
    $24
  • Coke
    $1.38


Local Transportation

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.

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $20 per day to get around in Puerto Natales.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Banos $8.27
    Puerto Natales $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Natales

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Natales:

  • Puerto Natales Airport Private Transfer: $19
  • Shared Transfer From Puerto Natales To Villa Serrano And Lago Grey Round Trip Or One Way: $55


Entertainment

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.

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $31 per person, per day in Puerto Natales. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Banos $15
    Puerto Natales $31
Typical Entertainment prices in Banos

Here are a few typical costs in Banos for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Two Rented Bikes for the Day
    $10
  • Cost to see Waterfall
    $2.00
  • Day at the Spa
    $45
  • 2 Bike Rentals (1 Day)
    $10
  • Entrance to Waterfall
    $2.00

Tours and Activities in Banos

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

  • Baños's Top Attractions Pass (Save 10% on tickets): $65
  • Fishing Tour & Local Life in Baños: $90
  • Chimborazo Volcano from Baños private day Tour: $102
  • Adventure in Baños 3 Days 2 Nights: $335

Tours and Activities in Puerto Natales

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

  • Bus ticket to El Calafate, Argentina: $44
  • Excursion City Tour By Bike: $45
  • Bus ticket from Puerto Natales (Chile) to El Calafate (Argentina): $56
  • Puerto Natales Sightseeing Bike Tour: $60
  • City Bike Tour in Puerto Natales: $66
  • Full day tour Torres del Paine: $67
  • Full day tour Torres del Paine: $71
  • Full-Day Tour to Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales(First Class): $98
  • Full-Day Tour of Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales: $155
  • Full-Day Hiking Tour to the Base of Paine Towers at Torres del Paine National Park: $160
  • Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Sightseeing Cruise from Puerto Natales: $173
  • Private Tour: Torres del Paine National Park and Milodon Cave with Lunch: $372


Alcohol

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.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Puerto Natales may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $18 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Banos $7.79
    Puerto Natales $18
Typical Alcohol prices in Banos

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Banos from other travelers:


  • Beer
    $4.00

Typical Alcohol prices in Puerto Natales

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


  • Alcohol
    $17



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

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