Should you visit Cali or Pucon?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Cali and Pucon can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Cali is Colombia's third largest city. Founded in 1536, can be explored on foot: walk under the shade of trees along the riverbank, admire the architecture of churches and other national monuments, and visit the city's many museums. Being the salsa capital of the world, Cali is primarily a destination for salsa and party but it also offers some great days out in the nearby natural surroundings. In Cali, travelers can enjoy music festivals, learn about sugarcane farming, and take in the mountainous landscapes.
A popular hub for adventure tourism, Pucon is a town in the Lake District of the South American nation of Chile. Located on Lake Villarirca with the snowcapped Villarrica volcano looming above and plenty of forested valleys below, the town has become a home base year-round for a full range of outdoor activities.
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Which city is cheaper, Pucon or Cali?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Cali is $21, while the average daily cost in Pucon is $105. 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 Cali and Pucon in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $10 for a double occupancy room in Cali If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Pucon is $90. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
Cali food costs typically run travelers around $7.27 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.
Pucon food costs typically run travelers around $40 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
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cali
For Cali, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Culinary Journeys: Cooking Workshop + Dinner Party:
Night City Tour in Cali + Dinner:
Dinner Show in Cali:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pucon
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Pucon.
Learn to Cook Like a Local: Private Cooking Class in a Viña del Mar Home:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Cali than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $4.74 on transportation in Cali on average per day.
The cost of a taxi ride in Pucon is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $20 per person, per day, on local transportation in Pucon.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Cali
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Cali:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cali
Also for Cali, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Arrival Private Transfer from Cali Airport CLO to Cali City by 2x4 Vehicle:
Arrival Private Transfer from Cali Airport CLO to Cali City by Minibus:
Arrival Private Transfer from Cali Airport CLO to Cali City by Minivan:
Cali to Popayan Private Transfer:
Cali to Popayan Private Transfer:
Departure Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport CLO by 2x4 Vehicle:
Departure Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport CLO by Minibus:
Departure Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport CLO by Minivan:
Private Airport Transfer: from Cali to Alfonso B. Aragon Airport (CLO):
Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Airport:
Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport (CLO):
Private Transfer to / from Buenaventura:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pucon
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Pucon:
Pucon Temuco Airport Private Transfer:
Private Transfer from Pucon To Temuco Airport:
Sightseeing expenses in Cali, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $8.96 per day, per person.
Entertainment and activities in Pucon typically cost an average of $39 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Tours and Activities in Cali
For Cali, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
RiCo Salsa Tour: Cali Real:
Cali City Tour:
Walking Tour in the Historic Center of Cali City:
Private City Tour:
Historical Walking Cali City Tour 3H:
Private City Tour And Shopping:
Skip the Line: Show de Salsa Ticket:
Cali City Tour - The Best Of Cali In Comfort:
Alameda Market Fruit Tour:
Private Salsa Lesson Experience with Locals:
sightseeing paragliding adventure:
Private City Tour in Cali:
Tours and Activities in Pucon
Here are a few actual costs in Pucon for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Full Day Tour to Conguillio National Park from Pucon:
Half Day Tour to The Eyes Of Caburgua from Pucon:
Mapuche Reserve Horseback Riding Tour in Pucon:
Pucón Sightseeing City Tour:
Sightseeing Tour in Pucon with optional Villarica:
Villarrica Volcanic Caves Park Admission Ticket:
Typically, people visiting Cali spend on average $7.16 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Pucon may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $28 per day on alcoholic beverages.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cali and Pucon, we can see that Pucon is more expensive. And not only is Cali much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Cali would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Cali 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 Pucon would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Pucon than you might in Cali.
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