Should you visit Curitiba or Pucon?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Curitiba and Pucon can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Curitiba is a relatively large city that is convenient to visit if you're traveling to Iguazu Falls from either Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo. It is worth a day or two stop over because it has a great old city that has been restored. It's also the capital of Parana, Brazil. Curitiba is one of the more wealthy cities in the southern region of Brazil. It has a diverse population with many immigrants and some interesting cultural events.
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 Curitiba?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Curitiba is $57, 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 Curitiba and Pucon in more detail.
Travelers usually pay around $48 for a double occupancy room in Curitiba 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.
Curitiba food costs typically run travelers around $22 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
Typical Food prices in Curitiba
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Curitiba:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Curitiba
For Curitiba, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Curitiba Pub Food Tour:
4-Hour City-By-Night Tour with Dinner:
Curitiba Tour by Night with Dinner:
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:
Curitiba's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $13 per person, per day on transportation in Curitiba.
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 Curitiba
Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Curitiba:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Curitiba
Also for Curitiba, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Curitiba Airport PrivateTransfers Round Trip or One Way:
Private Airport Transfer: Afonso Pena Airport (CWB) to Curitiba:
Private Airport Transfer: from Curitiba to Afonso Pena Airport (CWB):
Private Transfer from Curitiba Airport:
Private Transfer from Curitiba City to Curitiba Airport (CWB):
Private Transfer: Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB) to Curitiba:
Private Transfer: Curitiba to Afonso Pena International Airport (CWB):
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pucon
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Pucon:
Private Transfer from Pucon To Temuco Airport:
Pucon Temuco Airport Private Transfer:
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Curitiba can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $15 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
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 Curitiba
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Curitiba.
Urban Tales: 3-Hour Curitiba by Night Tour:
Half Day Curitiba Sightseeing Tour:
Half-Day Tour of Curitiba City:
Curitiba City Tour:
Serra Verde Express: Rail Tour to Morretes and Antonina from Curitiba:
Serra Verde Express: Sunset Rail Tour from Curitiba:
Photo session in Curitiba sightseeing spots:
Touristic Train to Morretes from Curitiba:
Vila Velha State Park Full-Day Group Tour from Curitiba:
Train Trip and City Tour in Paranagua:
Vila Velha City Tour:
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:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Curitiba, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $11.
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.
Typical Alcohol prices in Curitiba
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Curitiba:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Curitiba and Pucon, we can see that Pucon is more expensive. And not only is Curitiba much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Curitiba would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Curitiba 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 Curitiba.
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