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

Should you visit Foz do Iguacu or Puerto Varas?

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Foz do Iguacu and Puerto Varas 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.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Puerto Varas 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 Puerto Varas 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 Foz do Iguacu and Puerto Varas in more detail.



Accommodation

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 Puerto Varas is $130. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Foz do Iguacu $22
    Puerto Varas $65
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Foz do Iguacu $44
    Puerto Varas $130

Food

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.

Puerto Varas food costs typically run travelers around $24 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Foz do Iguacu $17
    Puerto Varas $24

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: $50
  • Dinner and Show at Rafain Churrascaria with round trip transfer included: $52
  • Argentinian Ice Bar, Wine and Dinner Experience: $79
  • Dinner Show at Rafain in Foz do Iguaçu: $88
  • Dinner Show - Rafain Steakhouse: $110

Local Transportation

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 average price of local transportation around Puerto Varas is $20 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Foz do Iguacu $10
    Puerto Varas $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Foz do Iguacu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Foz do Iguacu:

  • Bird Park Tickets with Round Trip Transfer Included: $45
  • Foz do Iguaçu Airport Private Transfer: $23
  • Foz do Iguaçu Airport Shared Transfer: $14
  • Foz do Iguaçu Round-Trip Airport Transfer: $35
  • Iguazu Falls Panoramic Helicopter Flight With Optional Transfers: $225
  • Iguazu: Transfer from Brazil Side: $59
  • Private Airport Transfer: Cataratas International Airport (IGU) to Iguazu: $42
  • Private Transfer: Foz do Iguacu to Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU): $56
  • Private Transfer: Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU) to Foz do Iguacu: $56
  • Shared Roundtrip Transfers with Brazilian and Argentinian sides: $90
  • Transfer Paraguay Shopping (CDE): $9.00

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Varas

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Varas:

  • Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Varas: $43
  • Cruce Andino Office Shuttle Transfer from Puerto Varas: $9.69
  • Puerto Montt Departure Transfer from Hotel in Puerto Varas: $32
  • Puerto Varas Airport Private Transfer: $49
  • Puerto Varas Airport Shuttle Transfer: $29
  • Puerto Varas Bus Terminal Private Transfer: $39
  • Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport: $14

Is it cheaper to fly into Foz do Iguacu or Puerto Varas?

Prices for flights to both Puerto Varas and Foz do Iguacu 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.





Entertainment

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.

Puerto Varas's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $18 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 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Foz do Iguacu $19
    Puerto Varas $18

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: $9.00
  • Iguazú Casino Tour: $10
  • Foz Do Iguaçu City Tour: $14
  • By Night Puerto Iguazu - Small Group or Private tour: $14
  • Small-Group Walking Tour of Iguazu Falls in Brazil: $16
  • Tour to Iguassu Falls Brazilian side: $18
  • Bird Park Admission Ticket: $20
  • Dreams Ice Bar Tickets: $21
  • Bird Park Tour: $21
  • Iguassu Falls Shopping Tour: $23
  • Small-Group Walking Tour of Iguazu Falls in Argentina: $24
  • Itaipu Dam Half-Day Sightseeing Panoramic Tour from Foz do Iguaçu: $25

Tours and Activities in Puerto Varas

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

  • Osorno Volcano Tour: $26
  • Frutillar Tour: Southern Traditions: $34
  • Sightseeing Tour Puerto Varas & Puerto Montt: $37
  • Half day, traditional city tour: $40
  • Speed Boat City Tour in Puerto Varas: $45
  • Petrohue Waterfalls & Osorno Volcano Half-Day Tour: $49
  • Half-Day Small-Group Rafting Experience in Petrohué River: $60
  • Greater Island Chiloe Tour from Puerto Varas: $62
  • Full-Day Guided Tour to Villa Peulla from Puerto Varas: $67
  • Speed Boat and Walking City Tour in Puerto Varas: $69
  • Frutillar Bike Tour from Puerto Varas: $69
  • Private Sightseeing Tour in Puerto Varas & Puerto Montt: $70

Alcohol

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Foz do Iguacu may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $9.31 per day on alcoholic beverages.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Puerto Varas may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $6.30 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Foz do Iguacu $9.31
    Puerto Varas $6.30
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:


  • Beer
    $0.86

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: $64
  • Heritage City Tour and Brewery in Puerto Varas: $150


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Foz do Iguacu and Puerto Varas, we can see that Puerto Varas 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 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 Foz do Iguacu.

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