Should you visit Cali or Puerto Montt?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Cali and Puerto Montt 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.
The Lake District is a region of snow capped volcanoes, pale green lakes and endless miles of virgin and ancient forests. Found 1,016 km away from Santiago de Chile, Puerto Montt is famous for its beautiful lakes and its germanic architecture, old wooden houses and its legendary Iglesia Catedral, found on the town's main square, la Plaza de Armas. The monument, entirely built with alerce (cypress) wood, is the oldest building of the city. The capital of the Lake Region is a good starting point for many memorable excursions in the area.
Which city is cheaper, Puerto Montt 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 Puerto Montt is $94. 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 Puerto Montt 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 Puerto Montt is $128. 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.
The price of a meal in Puerto Montt can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $22 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $8.80 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Meals for one day
Puerto Montt $22
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:
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 average price of local transportation around Puerto Montt is $6.77 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.
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:
Transfer in Cali:
Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: Alfonso Bonilla Aragón Airport:
Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport (CLO):
Transfer in Private Minivan from Cali City to Cali Airport (CLO):
Private Airport Transfer: from Cali to Alfonso B. Aragon Airport (CLO):
Private transfer: Cali to Cali International Airport (CLO):
Private Transfer to / from Buenaventura:
Arrival Private Transfer from Cali Airport CLO to Cali City by 2x4 Vehicle:
Departure Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport CLO by 2x4 Vehicle:
Arrival Private Transfer from Cali Airport CLO to Cali City by Minivan:
Departure Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport CLO by Minivan:
Departure Private Transfer from Cali City to Cali Airport CLO by Minibus:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Montt
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Montt:
Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Puerto Varas:
Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Frutillar:
Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Castro:
Transfer Puerto Montt Airport to Castro:
Puerto Montt Shuttle Transfer:
Puerto Montt Airport Private Transfer:
Private Airport Transfer: Puerto Montt to Puerto Montt - El Tepual Airport (PMC):
Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Montt:
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.
Puerto Montt's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $14 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.
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 Puerto Montt
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Puerto Montt are as follows:
5-Day Tour Chile & North Patagonia:
Chiloe Island - Puñihuil Tour:
Chiloe Island Tour from Puerto Montt:
Chiloe Island Tour from Puerto Montt in Private:
Day Tour Frutillar, Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt:
Day tour Petrohue Falls, Osorno Volcano & Puerto Varas:
Frutillar Half Day Tour From Puerto Montt:
Frutillar Tour from Puerto Montt in Private:
Full-Day Osorno Vulcano and Petrohue Falls Small-Group Tour:
Private Cruise Shore Excursion from Land of Volcanos:
Private Shore Excursion Tour to Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and Frutillar:
Private Tour: Puerto Montt Sightseeing:
Typically, people visiting Cali spend on average $7.16 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
The average person spends about $4.73 on alcoholic beverages in Puerto Montt per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cali and Puerto Montt, we can see that Puerto Montt 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 Puerto Montt would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Puerto Montt than you might in Cali.
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