Should you visit Banos or Puerto Varas?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Banos and Puerto Varas. 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.
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 city is cheaper, Puerto Varas 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 Varas is $111. 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 Varas in more detail.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $24 for a double occupancy room in Banos.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Puerto Varas is $138. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
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 Varas food costs typically run travelers around $25 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.
Meals for one day
Puerto Varas $25
Typical Food prices in Banos
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Banos:
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.
The average price of local transportation around Puerto Varas is $21 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.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Varas
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Varas:
Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Varas:
Cruce Andino Office Shuttle Transfer from Puerto Varas:
Puerto Montt Departure Transfer from Hotel in Puerto Varas:
Puerto Varas Airport Private Transfer:
Puerto Varas Airport Shuttle Transfer:
Puerto Varas Bus Terminal Private Transfer:
Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport:
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.
Puerto Varas's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $19 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.
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:
Baños's Top Attractions Pass (Save 10% on tickets):
Fishing Tour & Local Life in Baños:
Chimborazo Volcano from Baños private day Tour:
Adventure in Baños 3 Days 2 Nights:
Tours and Activities in Puerto Varas
Here are a few actual costs in Puerto Varas for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Osorno Volcano Tour:
Frutillar Tour: Southern Traditions:
Sightseeing Tour Puerto Varas & Puerto Montt:
Half day, traditional city tour:
Speed Boat City Tour in Puerto Varas:
Petrohue Waterfalls & Osorno Volcano Half-Day Tour:
Half-Day Small-Group Rafting Experience in Petrohué River:
Greater Island Chiloe Tour from Puerto Varas:
Full-Day Guided Tour to Villa Peulla from Puerto Varas:
Speed Boat and Walking City Tour in Puerto Varas:
Frutillar Bike Tour from Puerto Varas:
Private Sightseeing Tour in Puerto Varas & Puerto Montt:
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 Varas may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $6.64 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typical Alcohol prices in Banos
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Banos from other travelers:
Sample the Local Flavors in Puerto Varas
Also in Puerto Varas, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Osorno Volcano & Brewery Tour in Puerto Varas:
Heritage City Tour and Brewery in Puerto Varas:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Banos and Puerto Varas, we can see that Puerto Varas 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 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 Banos.
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