A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Cartagena vs. San Carlos de Bariloche for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Cartagena or San Carlos de Bariloche?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Cartagena and San Carlos de Bariloche can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Cartagena or San Carlos de Bariloche?

Cartagena

The capital of the Bolivar Department of Colombia, Cartagena is one of the most visited cities in the country. It sits on Colombia's northern coast by the Caribbean Sea. It's a port city with a population of almost 900,000, making it the fifth largest city in Colombia. The city has a rich history and was the first Spanish colony on the American continent. It was also one of the first sanctuaries for freed African slaves in the Americas.

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 place is cheaper, San Carlos de Bariloche or Cartagena?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Cartagena is $47, while the average daily cost in San Carlos de Bariloche is $7.70. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Cartagena and San Carlos de Bariloche in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cartagena $27
    San Carlos de Bariloche $2.79
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cartagena $54
    San Carlos de Bariloche $5.58
Compare Hotels in Cartagena and San Carlos de Bariloche

Looking for a hotel in Cartagena or San Carlos de Bariloche? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Cartagena


Hotels in San Carlos de Bariloche


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Cartagena Hotel Prices and San Carlos de Bariloche Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cartagena $7.41
    San Carlos de Bariloche $2.37

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cartagena

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cartagena:

  • Transfer from the Airport to ALL Hotels in C/gena: $8.30
  • Transfer aeropuerto-centro: $9.57
  • Shared Transfer from the Airport to Cartagena City or Vice Versa: $10
  • Cartagena Airport: Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: $10
  • Service private transfers Airport/Hotel and vice versa in Cartagena: $12
  • Private Cartagena Hotel to Airport transfer service: $13
  • Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: Rafael Nuñez Airport: $13
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Cartagena Airport (CTG) - City Center: $13
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from City Center - Cartagena Airport (CTG): $13
  • Rafael Nuñez Airport One Way Transfer: $14
  • Cartagena Private Transfer from Rafael Núñez (CTG) Airport to La Boquilla: $15
  • Cartagena Private Transfer from Rafael Núñez (CTG) Airport to Bocagrande: $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Carlos de Bariloche

Some specific examples of transportation prices in San Carlos de Bariloche:

  • Airport Transfer - Llao Llao Hotel: $60
  • Bariloche Airport (BRC) to Cerro Catedral - Arrival Transfer: $28
  • Bariloche Airport Arrival Private Transfer: $70
  • Bariloche Airport Arrival Shuttle Transfer: $24
  • Bariloche Airport BRC to Cerro Catedral RoundTrip Transfer: $55
  • Bariloche Airport Departure Private Transfer: $70
  • Bariloche Airport Departure Shuttle Transfer: $24
  • Bariloche Airport Round Trip PrivateTransfer: $147
  • Bariloche Airport Round Trip Shuttle Transfer: $47
  • Bariloche: 1-Way or Round-Trip BRC Airport Transfer: $9.00
  • Bariloche: One-Way Private Transfer from Airport: $27
  • Cerro Catedral to Bariloche Airport (BRC) - Departure Transfer: $28

Is it cheaper to fly into Cartagena or San Carlos de Bariloche?

Prices for flights to both San Carlos de Bariloche and Cartagena 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Cartagena $9.71
    San Carlos de Bariloche $2.89

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cartagena

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Cartagena.

  • Featured in NYTimes > Arepas and Dancing: Danceable Cooking Class in Cartagena: $32
  • Cooking Class In A Real Restaurant At Old City: $38
  • Taste Cartagena Food tour: $40
  • Street Food Tour in Cartagena: $42
  • Guided Street Food Tour with Tastings: $44
  • Local Flavors Food Tour with Native Chef: $50
  • Cruise by the Bay with Dinner and Wine: $55
  • Private Dinner at a Local Chef's House in Cartagena: $58
  • Zombie Paintball with Dinner & Transportation - Shoot Zombies!: $59
  • Dinner Cruise Along Cartagena's Bay: $60
  • Flavors of Colombia - Cartagena Street Food Tour: $60
  • Street food tour: $61

Typical Food Prices in San Carlos de Bariloche

Some typical examples of dining costs in San Carlos de Bariloche are as follows:


  • Pastries
    $0.01
  • Empanadas
    $0.03

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cartagena $21
    San Carlos de Bariloche $3.18

Tours and Activities in Cartagena

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

  • Emeralds Tour: $0.03
  • Fruit Tasting Experience in Getsemaní, Cartagena: $0.03
  • Into the Walls of The City: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.99
  • Cartagena de Indias: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.99
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour - The Great Battle: Fort of San Felipe: $6.99
  • Getsemani District Walking Tour in Cartagena: $9.57
  • San Diego & Gabriel García Marquez Walking Tour: $9.57
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: Ghost of Downtown: Fear in the streets. : $10
  • Emerald Museum and Factory Tour: $10
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour of Getsemaní Neighborhood: $10
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: The Rise of the Wall City Part II: $10
  • Republican Architecture Self-Guided Audio Tour in Cartagena: $10

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:

  • Bariloche: 4-Hour Cerro Catedral Base Tour: $15
  • From Bariloche: Chico Circuit & Colonia Suiza Tour: $20
  • Bariloche Sightseeing Tour: $27
  • Cerro Catedral Sightseeing Tour: $27
  • Bariloche: Half Day Small Circuit Tour - Mt Campanario and Llao Llao Peninsula: $28
  • German Footprint & Nazi presence - Walking Tour in Bariloche: $29
  • German Footprint Tour: $29
  • Indigenous People of Patagonia History Tour: $29
  • Half Day Small Circuit Tour in San Carlos de Bariloche: $35
  • Small Circuit Tour: Mt Campanario and Llao Llao Peninsula: $38
  • Bariloche: Full-Day El Bolsón and Puelo Lake Tour: $42
  • Cerro Catedral Tour in English : $45

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cartagena $9.10
    San Carlos de Bariloche $1.91

Sample the Local Flavors in Cartagena

Also in Cartagena, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Cartagena Pub Crawl: Let's Party & Matching in Getsemaní: $20
  • Pub Crawl with Dancing and Complimentary Drinks: $21
  • Local Party Pub Crawl in Cartagena: $23
  • Pub Crawl Only Locals Have Fun In The Walled City: $60
  • Pub Crawl Nightlife in Cartagena : $60
  • Pub Crawl: $70

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:


  • Beer
    $0.01


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Cartagena and San Carlos de Bariloche, we can see that Cartagena is more expensive. And not only is San Carlos de Bariloche much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to San Carlos de Bariloche would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in San Carlos de Bariloche 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 Cartagena would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Cartagena than you might in San Carlos de Bariloche.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Cartagena Expensive? and Is San Carlos de Bariloche Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Cartagena or San Carlos de Bariloche?

Cartagena has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of San Carlos de Bariloche. When comparing the sizes of Cartagena and San Carlos de Bariloche, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.