A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Fortaleza vs. Puerto Varas for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Fortaleza or Puerto Varas?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Fortaleza and Puerto Varas can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Fortaleza or Puerto Varas?

Fortaleza

A major city on Brazil's northeastern coast and the capital city of Ceara state, Fortaleza is best characterized by its city landscape lined with beaches and palm trees. It also features some great seafood as well as long-standing folk traditions in culture and dance.

Puerto Varas

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Brazil, The Best Eco Tours in Brazil, The Best Wildlife Tours to Chile, and The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Chile.


Which place is cheaper, Puerto Varas or Fortaleza?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Fortaleza is $65, while the average daily cost in Puerto Varas is $111. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Fortaleza and Puerto Varas in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Fortaleza $28
    Puerto Varas $69
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Fortaleza $56
    Puerto Varas $138
Compare Hotels in Fortaleza and Puerto Varas

Looking for a hotel in Fortaleza or Puerto Varas? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Fortaleza


Hotels in Puerto Varas


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Fortaleza Hotel Prices and Puerto Varas Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Fortaleza $20
    Puerto Varas $21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Fortaleza

Also for Fortaleza, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • 4x4 Private Transfer Service : $167
  • Beach Park Transfer from Fortaleza: $16
  • Cumbuco Private Transfer From Fortaleza: $58
  • Cumbuco Shared Transfer From Fortaleza: $51
  • Fortaleza Airport (FOR) to Fortaleza - Arrival Private Transfer: $17
  • Fortaleza Airport (FOR) to Fortaleza Round-Trip Private Transfer: $33
  • Fortaleza Airport to Canoa Quebrada One–Way Transfer: $164
  • Fortaleza Round-Trip Airport Transfers: $49
  • Fortaleza to Pinto Martins Airport (FOR) - Departure Transfer: $17
  • Fortaleza to/from Jericoacoara Transfer: $28
  • Beach Park Round-Trip Transfer: $12
  • Private Transfer Airport to/from City Hotels: $30

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Varas

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Varas:

  • Puerto Varas Airport Private Transfer: $62
  • Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport: $50
  • Transfer from Hotel in Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport: $24
  • Frutillar to Puerto Montt Airport PMC- Departure Private Transfer: $23
  • Transfer to Puerto Montt Airport: $22
  • Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport - Departure Private Transfer: $21

Is it cheaper to fly into Fortaleza or Puerto Varas?

Prices for flights to both Puerto Varas and Fortaleza 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Fortaleza $22
    Puerto Varas $25

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Fortaleza

For Fortaleza, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Thematic Show with Rotation of Pizzas in Aquiraz: $26

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Fortaleza $14
    Puerto Varas $20

Tours and Activities in Fortaleza

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Fortaleza.

  • Full Day Tour to Cumbuco From Fortaleza: $10
  • 3 Beaches in 1 Day Tour Leaving Fortaleza: $12
  • Lagoinha Beach Tour: $13
  • Águas Belas Tour: $14
  • Lagoinha Beach Tour: $16
  • Fortaleza Panoramic City Tour with visit to Cumbuco Beach: $16
  • Tour 3 beaches in 1 day: $17
  • Canoe Quebrada Full Day Tour - Departure from Fortaleza by Vitorino Turismo: $18
  • Tour 3 Beaches in 1 day (Morro Branco, Praia das Fontes and Canoa Quebrada): $20
  • The colorful sands of Morro Branco beach - Full Day Tour: $22
  • Historical and Cultural City Tour of Fortaleza: $22
  • Jericoacoara Tour in a Full Day - Leaving Fortaleza by Girafatur: $23

Tours and Activities in Puerto Varas

Here are a few actual costs in Puerto Varas for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Adventure Fullday Tour Osorno Volcano and Saltos de Petrohue National Park: $150
  • Classic Chiloe Tour: $150
  • From Puerto Varas or Puerto Montt: Chiloé Island Tour: $60
  • From Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Falls Day Tour: $50
  • Frutillar Bike Tour from Puerto Varas: $75
  • Full Day Shared Tour to Waterfalls and Llanquihue Lake Route: $109
  • Full-Day Osorno Vulcano and Petrohue Falls Small-Group Tour: $80
  • Half-Day Small-Group Rafting Experience in Petrohué River: $52
  • Lake Llanquihue Bike Tour in Puerto Varas: $116
  • Petrohue Falls and Osorno Volcano Bike Tour: $103
  • Peulla Full Day Tour from Puerto Varas: $62
  • Premium Full Day Shared Tour Osorno Volcano and Petrohue Falls: $185

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Fortaleza $9.34
    Puerto Varas $6.67


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Fortaleza and Puerto Varas, we can see that Puerto Varas is more expensive. And not only is Fortaleza much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Fortaleza would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Fortaleza 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 Fortaleza.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Fortaleza Expensive? and Is Puerto Varas Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Fortaleza or Puerto Varas?

Fortaleza has a larger population, and is about 100 times larger than the population of Puerto Varas. When comparing the sizes of Fortaleza and Puerto Varas, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Fortaleza or Puerto Varas?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the southern hemisphere, summer is in January and winter is in July.

Should I visit Fortaleza or Puerto Varas in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Fortaleza as well as Puerto Varas.

Fortaleza is much warmer than Puerto Varas in the summer. The daily temperature in Fortaleza averages around 28°C (82°F) in January, and Puerto Varas fluctuates around 16°C (60°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Puerto Varas. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Fortaleza this time of the year. In the summer, Fortaleza often gets more sunshine than Puerto Varas. Fortaleza gets 221 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Puerto Varas receives 204 hours of full sun.

Fortaleza receives a lot of rain in the summer. Fortaleza usually gets more rain in January than Puerto Varas. Fortaleza gets 119 mm (4.7 in) of rain, while Puerto Varas receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January
    Fortaleza 28°C (82°F) 
    Puerto Varas 16°C (60°F)

Should I visit Fortaleza or Puerto Varas in the Autumn?

Both Puerto Varas and Fortaleza are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities.

In the autumn, Fortaleza is much warmer than Puerto Varas. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Fortaleza in April average around 27°C (80°F), and Puerto Varas averages at about 11°C (51°F).

Fortaleza usually receives more sunshine than Puerto Varas during autumn. Fortaleza gets 159 hours of sunny skies, while Puerto Varas receives 104 hours of full sun in the autumn.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Puerto Varas. It's quite rainy in Fortaleza. In April, Fortaleza usually receives more rain than Puerto Varas. Fortaleza gets 356 mm (14 in) of rain, while Puerto Varas receives 143 mm (5.6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April
    Fortaleza 27°C (80°F) 
    Puerto Varas 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Fortaleza or Puerto Varas in the Winter?

Both Puerto Varas and Fortaleza during the winter are popular places to visit.

In July, Fortaleza is generally much warmer than Puerto Varas. Daily temperatures in Fortaleza average around 26°C (79°F), and Puerto Varas fluctuates around 7°C (45°F).

It's quite sunny in Fortaleza. In the winter, Fortaleza often gets more sunshine than Puerto Varas. Fortaleza gets 256 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Puerto Varas receives 67 hours of full sun.

Puerto Varas gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Fortaleza usually gets less rain in July than Puerto Varas. Fortaleza gets 95 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Puerto Varas receives 229 mm (9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July
    Fortaleza 26°C (79°F) 
    Puerto Varas 7°C (45°F)

Should I visit Fortaleza or Puerto Varas in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Fortaleza and Puerto Varas.

Fortaleza is much warmer than Puerto Varas in the spring. The daily temperature in Fortaleza averages around 28°C (82°F) in October, and Puerto Varas fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

In Fortaleza, it's very sunny this time of the year. Fortaleza usually receives more sunshine than Puerto Varas during spring. Fortaleza gets 287 hours of sunny skies, while Puerto Varas receives 151 hours of full sun in the spring.

Puerto Varas receives a lot of rain in the spring. In October, Fortaleza usually receives less rain than Puerto Varas. Fortaleza gets 13 mm (0.5 in) of rain, while Puerto Varas receives 121 mm (4.8 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October
    Fortaleza 28°C (82°F) 
    Puerto Varas 11°C (51°F)

Typical Weather for Puerto Varas and Fortaleza

Fortaleza Puerto Varas
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 28°C (82°F) 119 mm (4.7 in) 16°C (60°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Feb 27°C (81°F) 205 mm (8.1 in) 15°C (59°F) 93 mm (3.7 in)
Mar 27°C (80°F) 323 mm (12.7 in) 13°C (55°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)
Apr 27°C (80°F) 356 mm (14 in) 11°C (51°F) 143 mm (5.6 in)
May 27°C (80°F) 256 mm (10.1 in) 9°C (49°F) 234 mm (9.2 in)
Jun 26°C (80°F) 142 mm (5.6 in) 8°C (46°F) 224 mm (8.8 in)
Jul 26°C (79°F) 95 mm (3.7 in) 7°C (45°F) 229 mm (9 in)
Aug 27°C (80°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 8°C (46°F) 209 mm (8.2 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 9°C (47°F) 146 mm (5.7 in)
Oct 28°C (82°F) 13 mm (0.5 in) 11°C (51°F) 121 mm (4.8 in)
Nov 28°C (82°F) 12 mm (0.5 in) 12°C (54°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Dec 28°C (82°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 14°C (58°F) 103 mm (4.1 in)