Should you visit Foz do Iguacu or Punta Arenas?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Foz do Iguacu and Punta Arenas 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.
Punta Arenas is in the far south of Chile and has a long history of maritime commerce, oil extraction, and sheep farming. It's the most populated city on the Strait of Magellan and has all the facilities you might need as a traveler, including banks, markets, drugstores and equipment shops. With a population of about 130,000, the city is a comfortable place to spend time. It serves as a base for Antarctic expeditions, although many expeditions also start in Ushuaia, Argentina, and Christchurch New Zealand.
Which city is cheaper, Punta Arenas 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 $52, while the average daily cost in Punta Arenas is $65. 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 Punta Arenas in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Foz do Iguacu is $46. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $66 in Punta Arenas For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Food in Foz do Iguacu costs travelers about $18 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 Punta Arenas can vary, the average travelers spends about $21 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Punta Arenas should cost around $8.40 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Punta Arenas is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Foz do Iguacu $18
Punta Arenas $21
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:
Typical Food prices in Punta Arenas
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Punta Arenas:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Punta Arenas
For Punta Arenas, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Punta Arenas Small Group Sightseeing and food Tour with a Local Guide:
The average price of local transportation around Foz do Iguacu is $11 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.
Punta Arenas's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $1.84 per person, per day on transportation in Punta Arenas.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Foz do Iguacu
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Foz do Iguacu:
Iguazu Falls Panoramic Helicopter Flight With Optional Transfers:
Shared Roundtrip Transfers with Brazilian and Argentinian sides:
Iguazu: Transfer from Brazil Side:
Private Transfer: Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU) to Foz do Iguacu:
Private Transfer: Foz do Iguacu to Foz do Iguaçu International Airport (IGU):
Bird Park Tickets with Round Trip Transfer Included:
Private Airport Transfer: Cataratas International Airport (IGU) to Iguazu:
Foz do Iguaçu Round-Trip Airport Transfer:
Foz do Iguaçu Airport Private Transfer:
Foz do Iguaçu Airport Shared Transfer:
Transfer Paraguay Shopping (CDE):
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Punta Arenas
Also for Punta Arenas, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Arrival Transfer: Punta Arenas Airport to Hotel:
Bus transfer from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia:
Private Airport Transfer: Punta Arenas Ibanez Airport (PUQ) to Punta Arenas:
Private Airport Transfer: from Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas Ibanez Airport (PUQ):
Transfer from Punta Arenas (city or airport) to Puerto Natales:
Transfer from Punta Arenas Hotel to Punta Arenas Airport:
Foz do Iguacu'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.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Punta Arenas can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $6.57 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Foz do Iguacu
Here are a few actual costs in Foz do Iguacu for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
3-Day Tour of Iguassu Falls National Park:
4-Day Iguassu Falls Tour:
Argentinean Falls Great Adventure with Boat Ride from Foz do Iguaçu:
Argentinean Side Iguassu Falls - Private Tour Belmond Exclusive:
Beer experience 277 Craftbeer:
Bird Park Admission Ticket:
Bird Park General Admission Ticket and Tour:
Bird Park Tour:
Blue Park Tour:
Boat Ride and Walking Tour of Iguazu Falls in Argentina:
Brazilian Side of the Falls - All Tickets Included:
Brazilian Side of the Falls and Boat Tour Macuco Safari - All Tickets Included:
Tours and Activities in Punta Arenas
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Punta Arenas.
Half day traditional City Tour:
Punta Arenas Sightseeing Tour:
Punta Arenas Highlights Shared Tour:
Small Group Punta Arenas Shore Excursion: Fort Bulnes and City Tour:
Puntarenas City tour and Mangroove Tour:
Bus ticket from Punta Arenas (Chile) to Ushuaia (Argentina):
Full-Day Punta Arenas and Magellan Strait Tour:
Rainforest Skywalk & Tarcoles River Eco Cruise Tour Puntarenas Shore excursion:
Punta Arenas Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Tour:
Full day Punta Arenas (Regular tours):
Regular Tour of Andino Club Ski Mountain and Chairlift from Punta Arenas, Chile:
City Tour of Punta Arenas:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Foz do Iguacu may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $9.59 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Punta Arenas, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $4.96.
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:
Typical Alcohol prices in Punta Arenas
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Punta Arenas:
Sample the Local Flavors in Punta Arenas
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Punta Arenas:
Punta Arenas Small Group Beers & Brewery Tour with a Local Guide:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Foz do Iguacu and Punta Arenas, we can see that Punta Arenas 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 Punta Arenas would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Punta Arenas than you might in Foz do Iguacu.
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