Should you visit Florianopolis or Puerto Varas?
Should I visit Florianopolis or Puerto Varas? 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.
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 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 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 Florianopolis and Puerto Varas 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 Puerto Varas is $142. 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.
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 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:
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 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.
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 Puerto Varas
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Varas:
Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport:
Puerto Varas Bus Terminal Private Transfer:
Puerto Varas Airport Shuttle Transfer:
Puerto Varas Airport Private Transfer:
Puerto Montt Departure Transfer from Hotel in Puerto Varas:
Cruce Andino Office Shuttle Transfer from Puerto Varas:
Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Varas:
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.
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.
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 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:
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 Puerto Varas may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $6.86 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:
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 Florianopolis and Puerto Varas, we can see that Puerto Varas 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 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 Florianopolis.
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