Should you visit Colonia del Sacramento or Puerto Montt?
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 Colonia del Sacramento and Puerto Montt can help you decide which place is right for you.
Colonia del Sacramento
Colonia del Sacramento is in the Rio de la Plata region of Uruguay. It is filled with old colonial buildings and cobbled streets, and is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Colonia del Sacramento was founded in 1680 by the Portuguese, sandwiched in between the Portuguese colony of Brazil and the Spanish Viceroyalty of the River Plate, later Argentina, Uruguay and Southern Brazil. Its strategic position and use as a smuggling port meant that its sovereignty was constantly contested and the city changed hands several times between Spain and Portugal. The irresistibly picturesque town's charm and its proximity to Buenos Aires draw thousands of Argentine and other visitors on weekends and in summer. Prices rise in these periods and it can be difficult to find a room so make sure to book your trip well in advance.
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 Colonia del Sacramento?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Colonia del Sacramento is $49, while the average daily cost in Puerto Montt is $86. 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 Colonia del Sacramento and Puerto Montt in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $50 in Colonia del Sacramento For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Puerto Montt is $118. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
Hotel or hostel for one person
Colonia del Sacramento $25
Puerto Montt $59
Typical double-occupancy room
Colonia del Sacramento
While meal prices in Colonia del Sacramento can vary, the average travelers spends about $14 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Colonia del Sacramento should cost around $5.60 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Colonia del Sacramento is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
The price of a meal in Puerto Montt can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $21 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $8.40 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
To get around in Colonia del Sacramento, the average visitor spends $13 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
The average price of local transportation around Puerto Montt is $6.22 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.
Colonia del Sacramento $13
Puerto Montt $6.22
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Colonia del Sacramento
Also for Colonia del Sacramento, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Colonia Port Terminal Private Transfer:
Colonia Bus Terminal Private Transfer:
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:
Is it cheaper to fly into Colonia del Sacramento or Puerto Montt?
Prices for flights to both Puerto Montt and Colonia del Sacramento 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.
In Colonia del Sacramento, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $17 per person, per day.
Puerto Montt's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $13 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.
Colonia del Sacramento $17
Puerto Montt $13
Tours and Activities in Colonia del Sacramento
For Colonia del Sacramento, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Colonia Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour:
Half day city tour in Montevideo:
Colonia del Sacramento City Tour:
Half day city tour in Colonia de Sacramento, Uruguay:
Full Day Birdwatching and Nature Tour:
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 Colonia del Sacramento spend on average $4.23 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
The average person spends about $4.35 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 Colonia del Sacramento and Puerto Montt, we can see that Puerto Montt is more expensive. And not only is Colonia del Sacramento much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Colonia del Sacramento would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Colonia del Sacramento 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 Colonia del Sacramento.
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