Should you visit Colonia del Sacramento or Puerto Natales?
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 Natales 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.
Puerto Natales is a beautiful town located in the Chilean Patagonia on the Senoret Channel. The city is often used as a base camp for trips to the surrounding national parks due to their plentiful restaurant options and access to internet. Puerto Natales is also known for being the base city to the Torres del Paine National Park, which was named the 5th most beautiful place in the world by National Geographic.
Which city is cheaper, Puerto Natales 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 $47, while the average daily cost in Puerto Natales is $79. 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 Natales in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $48 in Colonia del Sacramento For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
Puerto Natales's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $70. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $35.
Hotel or hostel for one person
Colonia del Sacramento $24
Puerto Natales $35
Typical double-occupancy room
Colonia del Sacramento
While meal prices in Colonia del Sacramento can vary, the average travelers spends about $13 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 $5.20 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.
Puerto Natales food costs typically run travelers around $26 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.
Typical Food prices in Puerto Natales
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Puerto Natales:
To get around in Colonia del Sacramento, the average visitor spends $12 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.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $18 per day to get around in Puerto Natales.
Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
Colonia del Sacramento $12
Puerto Natales $18
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Colonia del Sacramento
Also for Colonia del Sacramento, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Colonia Bus Terminal Private Transfer:
Colonia Port Terminal Private Transfer:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Natales
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Natales:
Shared Transfer From Puerto Natales To Villa Serrano And Lago Grey Round Trip Or One Way:
Puerto Natales Airport Private Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Colonia del Sacramento or Puerto Natales?
Prices for flights to both Puerto Natales 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 $16 per person, per day.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $27 per person, per day in Puerto Natales. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
Colonia del Sacramento $16
Puerto Natales $27
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 Natales
Here are a few actual costs in Puerto Natales for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
3-Day Small Group Guided Tour W Trekking -Torres del Paine Highlights Fast track:
5-Day Tour Glaciers of Patagonia from Puerto Natales:
Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Sightseeing Cruise from Puerto Natales:
Bus ticket from Puerto Natales (Chile) to El Calafate (Argentina):
City Bike Tour in Puerto Natales:
Excursion City Tour By Bike:
Full day tour Torres del Paine:
Full-Day Hiking Tour to the Base of Paine Towers at Torres del Paine National Park:
Full-Day Tour of Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales:
Full-Day Tour to Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales(First Class):
Private Tour: Torres del Paine National Park and Milodon Cave with Lunch:
Puerto Natales Sightseeing Bike Tour:
Typically, people visiting Colonia del Sacramento spend on average $4.04 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Puerto Natales may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $16 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Typical Alcohol prices in Puerto Natales
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Puerto Natales:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Colonia del Sacramento and Puerto Natales, we can see that Puerto Natales 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 Natales would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Puerto Natales than you might in Colonia del Sacramento.
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