Should you visit Huaraz or Pucon?
Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Huaraz and Pucon can help you decide which place is right for you.
Huaraz is a large town in the Cordillera Blanca region of Peru's Central Sierra. Huaraz stands tall at 3100m; travellers from Lima might need a day or two to acclimatize to the change in atmosphere. Nearly wiped out by the earthquake of 1970, the town of 100,000 blends a mix of modern and native culture. Huarez is first and foremost a trekking metropolis. During high season the streets buzz with hundreds of backpackers and adventurers freshly returned from arduous hikes or planning their next expedition. The town has many markets, shops, quality restaurants and hopping bars catering to tourist and local needs. Mountain adventures in the off-season can be equally rewarding, but the vibe is calmer and some places go into hibernation once the rains set in.
A popular hub for adventure tourism, Pucon is a town in the Lake District of the South American nation of Chile. Located on Lake Villarirca with the snowcapped Villarrica volcano looming above and plenty of forested valleys below, the town has become a home base year-round for a full range of outdoor activities.
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Which city is cheaper, Pucon or Huaraz?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Huaraz is $39, while the average daily cost in Pucon 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 Huaraz and Pucon in more detail.
Huaraz's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $32. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $16.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Pucon is $90. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
While meal prices in Huaraz can vary, the average travelers spends about $14 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Huaraz should cost around $5.60 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Huaraz is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Pucon food costs typically run travelers around $40 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
Typical Food prices in Huaraz
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Huaraz:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pucon
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Pucon.
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The cost of a taxi ride in Huaraz is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $7.88 per person, per day, on local transportation in Huaraz.
The cost of a taxi ride in Pucon is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $20 per person, per day, on local transportation in Pucon.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Huaraz
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Huaraz are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pucon
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Pucon:
Private Transfer from Pucon To Temuco Airport:
Pucon Temuco Airport Private Transfer:
Entertainment and activities in Huaraz typically cost an average of $15 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Entertainment and activities in Pucon typically cost an average of $39 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Typical Entertainment prices in Huaraz
Here are a few typical costs in Huaraz for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:
Tours and Activities in Huaraz
Here are a few actual costs in Huaraz for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Traditional Picante de Cuy Gastronomy Tour in Huaraz:
Llanganuco Full Day Tour:
Pachamanca Gastronomy Tour in Huaraz:
Lake 69 Full-Day Hiking Tour from Huaraz:
From Llanganuco Lagoon fullday tour:
From Chavín de Huantar fullday tour:
From Nevado Pastoruri Tour fullday tour:
Huaraz Private City Tour:
Querococha Lake and Chavin Ruins Private Tour from Huaraz:
Pastoruri Glacier Private Full-Day Tour from Huaraz:
Full-Day Tour to Lake Paron from Huaraz, Peru:
Full-Day Tour to Callejón de Huaylas and Llanganuco:
Tours and Activities in Pucon
Here are a few actual costs in Pucon for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Villarrica Volcanic Caves Park Admission Ticket:
Sightseeing Tour in Pucon with optional Villarica:
Pucón Sightseeing City Tour:
Half Day Tour to The Eyes Of Caburgua from Pucon:
Mapuche Reserve Horseback Riding Tour in Pucon:
Full Day Tour to Conguillio National Park from Pucon:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Huaraz may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $12 per day on alcoholic beverages.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Pucon may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $28 per day on alcoholic beverages.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Huaraz and Pucon, we can see that Pucon is more expensive. And not only is Huaraz much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Huaraz would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Huaraz 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 Pucon would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Pucon than you might in Huaraz.
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