Should you visit Curitiba or Puerto Varas?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Curitiba and Puerto Varas 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.
Puerto Varas is a city in Southern Chile, in the Los Lagos (Lakes) Region, Llanquihue Province. It is a charming town, only 23 km away from Puerto Montt and surrounded by the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes as well as the impressive Llanquihue lake. In terms of landscape, accommodation and activities, Puerto Varas is well served! Kayak, paddle, canyoning, rock climbing, trekking, ski, fishing, you name it! If you decide to stop in that area, we recommend that you stay in Puerto Varas, as it provides the perfect starting point for many memorable excursions in the area.
Which city is cheaper, Puerto Varas 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 Puerto Varas is $115. 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 Puerto Varas 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 Puerto Varas is $142. 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.
Puerto Varas 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.
Meals for one day
Puerto Varas $26
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:
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 average price of local transportation around Puerto Varas is $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.
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 Puerto Varas
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Varas:
Puerto Varas Airport Private Transfer:
Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Varas:
Puerto Varas Bus Terminal Private Transfer:
Puerto Montt Departure Transfer from Hotel in Puerto Varas:
Puerto Varas Airport Shuttle Transfer:
Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport:
Cruce Andino Office Shuttle Transfer from Puerto Varas:
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.
Puerto Varas's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $20 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 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 Puerto Varas
Here are a few actual costs in Puerto Varas for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Chiloe Island Tour from Puerto Varas in Private:
Frutillar & Llanquihue Private Tour from Puerto Varas:
Frutillar Bike Tour from Puerto Varas:
Frutillar Tour: Southern Traditions:
Full-Day Guided Tour to Villa Peulla from Puerto Varas:
Full-Day Tour to Petrohue Falls Through the Lake District , Chile:
Greater Island Chiloe Tour from Puerto Varas:
Half-Day Small-Group Rafting Experience in Petrohué River:
Lake Llanquihue Bike Tour in Puerto Varas:
Osorno Volcano Tour:
Petrohue Falls and Osorno Volcano Bike Tour:
Petrohue Waterfalls & Osorno Volcano Half-Day Tour:
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 Puerto Varas may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $6.86 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:
Sample the Local Flavors in Puerto Varas
Also in Puerto Varas, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Osorno Volcano & Brewery Tour in Puerto Varas:
Heritage City Tour and Brewery in Puerto Varas:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Curitiba and Puerto Varas, we can see that Puerto Varas 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 Puerto Varas would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Puerto Varas than you might in Curitiba.
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