Should you visit Foz do Iguacu or El Chalten?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Foz do Iguacu and El Chalten can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Foz do Iguacu
Foz do Iguacu is a larger city in Brazil that is most famous for the Iguacu Falls. The city serves as an entry point for Paraguay and Argentina as well. The obvious reason to visit the city is to see the beautiful falls, and together with Ciudad del Este, Paraguay and Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, it makes up one of the largest tourism sights in South America.
El Chalten is probably one of the most beautiful areas of Patagonia, especially at the slightest ray of sunshine and one of your cheapest destination while you are travelling in Patagonia. Indeed, you will spend your days hiking and there are no park fees. There are restaurants, souvenir shops, and outdoor stores but most of them will not accept credit cards so before heading out, get cash in El Calafate or your previous stop. For the beginners, it will be long hikes in a magical setting and for the experts perhaps a week long expedition to the greatest glaciers of the world. To discover the way people live in the pampa, you may also decide to stay at an Estancia. In the stunning Estancia Santa Thelma, about 300km away from El Chalten, you will be able to explore the surroundings by horse, live a unique experience in the middle of the nature and its vast plains occupied by thousands of merino sheep and horses and of course eat a typical meal of the region.
Which city is cheaper, El Chalten or Foz do Iguacu?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Foz do Iguacu is $51, while the average daily cost in El Chalten is $73. 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 Foz do Iguacu and El Chalten in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Foz do Iguacu is $44. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
The average price for accommodation for two people in El Chalten is $64. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
Food in Foz do Iguacu costs travelers about $17 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
While meal prices in El Chalten can vary, the average travelers spends about $27 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in El Chalten should cost around $11 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in El Chalten is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Foz do Iguacu $17
El Chalten $27
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Foz do Iguacu
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Foz do Iguacu.
Churrascaria Rafain - Show And Dinner:
Dinner and Show at Rafain Churrascaria with round trip transfer included:
Argentinian Ice Bar, Wine and Dinner Experience:
Dinner Show at Rafain in Foz do Iguaçu:
Dinner Show - Rafain Steakhouse:
The average price of local transportation around Foz do Iguacu is $10 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.
The cost of a taxi ride in El Chalten is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $17 per person, per day, on local transportation in El Chalten.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Foz do Iguacu
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Foz do Iguacu:
Transfer Paraguay Shopping (CDE):
Foz do Iguaçu Airport Shared Transfer:
Foz do Iguaçu Airport Private Transfer:
Foz do Iguaçu Round-Trip Airport Transfer:
Private Airport Transfer: Cataratas International Airport (IGU) to Iguazu:
Bird Park Tickets with Round Trip Transfer Included:
Private Transfer: Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU) to Foz do Iguacu:
Private Transfer: Foz do Iguacu to Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU):
Iguazu: Transfer from Brazil Side:
Shared Roundtrip Transfers with Brazilian and Argentinian sides:
Iguazu Falls Panoramic Helicopter Flight With Optional Transfers:
Foz do Iguacu's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $19 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.
Entertainment and activities in El Chalten typically cost an average of $19 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 Foz do Iguacu
Here are a few actual costs in Foz do Iguacu for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Shopping Tour In Ciudad Del Este:
Iguazú Casino Tour:
Foz Do Iguaçu City Tour:
By Night Puerto Iguazu - Small Group or Private tour:
Small-Group Walking Tour of Iguazu Falls in Brazil:
Tour to Iguassu Falls Brazilian side:
Bird Park Admission Ticket:
Dreams Ice Bar Tickets:
Bird Park Tour:
Iguassu Falls Shopping Tour:
Small-Group Walking Tour of Iguazu Falls in Argentina:
Itaipu Dam Half-Day Sightseeing Panoramic Tour from Foz do Iguaçu:
Tours and Activities in El Chalten
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for El Chalten are as follows:
El Chalten Rafting Experience:
El Chalten Rafting Experience:
Module Fitz Roy Adventure:
2-Day Chalten Adventure tour: Laguna de los Tres, Mount Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre:
2-Day Hiking Tour of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre from El Chalten:
3-Day Eco-Lodge Trekking Tour at Los Glaciares National Park from El Chalten:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Foz do Iguacu may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $9.34 per day on alcoholic beverages.
The average person spends about $8.90 on alcoholic beverages in El Chalten per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Typical Alcohol prices in Foz do Iguacu
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Foz do Iguacu from other travelers:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Foz do Iguacu and El Chalten, we can see that El Chalten is more expensive. And not only is Foz do Iguacu much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Foz do Iguacu would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Foz do Iguacu 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 El Chalten would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in El Chalten than you might in Foz do Iguacu.
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