Should you visit Florianopolis or Pucon?
Should I visit Florianopolis or Pucon? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
With a population of almost 500,000, Florianopolis is the capital city of the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. The city is split between mainland Brazil and Santa Catarina Island.
Florianopolis has grown in popularity with tourists recently because of its wonderful scenery, beautiful beaches, and fascinating culture. Many Brazilians have also moved here, leaving behind the big cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Florianopolis has a warm humid subtropical climate. There are summer, winter, spring and fall seasons. Frosts are rare but do occur occasionally. Highs during the warmest months are usually in the high 70s Fahrenheit. Rain is evenly distributed throughout the year and there is no distinct dry season.
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 Florianopolis?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Florianopolis is $48, 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 Florianopolis and Pucon in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $40 in Florianopolis For the most convenient locations and nicer 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.
The average traveler spends about $17 per day in Florianopolis for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
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 Florianopolis
For Florianopolis, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Florianopolis
For Florianopolis, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Floripa Cooking Class:
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:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Florianopolis than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $10 on transportation in Florianopolis on average per day.
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.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Florianopolis
Also for Florianopolis, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Airport Transfer: Hercilio Luz Int. Airport (FLN) to Florianopolis:
Private Airport Transfer: from Florianopolis to Hercilio Luz Int. Airport (FLN):
Private transfer: Cali International Airport (CLO) to Cali:
Private transfer: Florianopolis International Airport (FLN) to Florianopolis:
Private transfer: Florianopolis to Florianopolis International Airport (FLN):
Shared transfer from Florianópolis airport to Balneário Camboriú:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pucon
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Pucon:
Pucon Temuco Airport Private Transfer:
Private Transfer from Pucon To Temuco Airport:
Sightseeing expenses in Florianopolis, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $20 per day, per person.
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.
Typical Entertainment prices in Florianopolis
Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Florianopolis's activities, tours, and tickets:
Tours and Activities in Florianopolis
For Florianopolis, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Shared Shuttle between Florianópolis Airport and Hotel with optional City Tour:
Florianópolis Full Day City Tour:
Balneário Camboriú City Tour from Florianópolis:
Blumenau City Tour - departing from Florianópolis:
Blumenau City Tour from Florianópolis:
Roteiro Regular - Floripa City Tour Sul e Leste em grupo:
Southern Beaches of Florianópolis Bike Tour:
North Florianópolis Bike Tour: Mozambique, Santinho and Ingleses Beaches:
Campeche Island day tour - Transport and boat crossing:
Private Guided Tour in Florianopolis:
Private Day Tour: Florianópolis Island with Professional Pictures:
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:
Typically, people visiting Florianopolis spend on average $6.80 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
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 Florianopolis
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Florianopolis from other travelers:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Florianopolis and Pucon, we can see that Pucon is more expensive. And not only is Florianopolis much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Florianopolis would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Florianopolis 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 Florianopolis.
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