Should you visit Buzios or San Carlos de Bariloche?
Should I visit Buzios or San Carlos de Bariloche? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
Initially a fishing village, Armação dos Buzios is a small beach resort town about three hours from Rio de Janeiro by bus. Buzios is a common weekend getaway destination for Cariocas. With 23 beaches, visitors from all over come to swim, snorkel, surf and enjoy sun and sand.
San Carlos de Bariloche
Set in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Argentina, San Carlos de Bariloche is the biggest city in the Lake District. Bariloche is popular for skiing and snowboarding in the winter and trekking, swimming, fishing and horseback riding in the summertime.
No matter the time of year, there is something for everyone in Bariloche. Skiing season begins from June to October while fishing season is from November to April. Summer is from December to March, but visiting during low seasons (Spring in October to December and Autumn in late-April to mid-June) also has its benefits when it comes to saving cash and avoiding crowds.
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Which city is cheaper, San Carlos de Bariloche or Buzios?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Buzios is $57, while the average daily cost in San Carlos de Bariloche is $49. 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 Buzios and San Carlos de Bariloche in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $56 in Buzios For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $36 for a double occupancy room in San Carlos de Bariloche.
Hotel or hostel for one person
San Carlos de Bariloche $18
Typical double-occupancy room
San Carlos de Bariloche
The price of a meal in Buzios can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $18 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $7.20 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
The average traveler spends about $19 per day in San Carlos de Bariloche for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Typical Food prices in San Carlos de Bariloche
Some typical examples of dining costs in San Carlos de Bariloche are as follows:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in San Carlos de Bariloche
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in San Carlos de Bariloche.
Night hiking in the woods with headlamps & Candlelit dinner:
Half-Day Bariloche Highlights with Cooking Class & Beer Tasting -Private Service:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Buzios than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $14 on transportation in Buzios on average per day.
The average price of local transportation around San Carlos de Bariloche is $15 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.
Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
San Carlos de Bariloche $15
Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Carlos de Bariloche
Some specific examples of transportation prices in San Carlos de Bariloche:
Arrival Private Transfer Bariloche Airport BRC to Bariloche City by Minivan:
Departure Private Transfer Bariloche City to Bariloche Airport BRC by Minivan:
Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to San Martín de los Andes:
Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to Villa Traful:
Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to Pampa Linda:
Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to Hotel Tronador:
Private Transfer from Cascada Los Alerces to Bariloche (BRC) Airport:
Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to Cascada Los Alerces:
Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to Villa La Angostura:
Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to Ruca Malen:
Private Transfer from Bariloche (BRC) Airport to Lago Correntoso:
Arrival Private Transfer Bariloche Airport BRC to Bariloche City by SUV:
Is it cheaper to fly into Buzios or San Carlos de Bariloche?
Prices for flights to both San Carlos de Bariloche and Buzios 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.
Sightseeing expenses in Buzios, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $20 per day, per person.
San Carlos de Bariloche's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $20 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.
Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
San Carlos de Bariloche $20
Tours and Activities in Buzios
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Buzios.
Tour in Boat Tour in Buzios:
Half-Day Schooner Sightseeing Trip in Buzios Peninsula Beaches:
Tours and Activities in San Carlos de Bariloche
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for San Carlos de Bariloche are as follows:
"Brazo Tristeza" Lake Experience - Shared Service:
1.5-Hour Lago Gutierrez Paddle Boarding Tour from Bariloche:
4-Day Bariloche & Lake district Classic Tour:
4-day Bariloche Adventure - Trekking Cerro Llao Llao & Kayaking Lago Mascardi:
5-Day Adventure Trip in Bariloche:
6-Days Unique Experience Lake Crossing & Mountains Region!:
7-Day Bariloche & Mendoza Adventure: Trekking, Kayaking, Horseback riding & Wine:
Bariloche 3 tours Classic package:
Bariloche 3 tours with adrenaline:
Bariloche 3 tours with adventure:
Bariloche Circuito Grande Sightseeing Tour:
Bariloche Civic Center Walking Tour:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Buzios, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $13.
The average person spends about $12 on alcoholic beverages in San Carlos de Bariloche per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Typical Alcohol prices in San Carlos de Bariloche
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in San Carlos de Bariloche from other travelers:
Sample the Local Flavors in San Carlos de Bariloche
Also in San Carlos de Bariloche, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
City Tour, Nature Hiking & visit to a Local Microbrewery in Bariloche:
When comparing the travel costs between Buzios and San Carlos de Bariloche, we can see that Buzios is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in South America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.
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