Should you visit Huaraz or Puerto Montt?
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 Puerto Montt 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.
The Lake District is a region of snow capped volcanoes, pale green lakes and endless miles of virgin and ancient forests. Found 1,016 km away from Santiago de Chile, Puerto Montt is famous for its beautiful lakes and its germanic architecture, old wooden houses and its legendary Iglesia Catedral, found on the town's main square, la Plaza de Armas. The monument, entirely built with alerce (cypress) wood, is the oldest building of the city. The capital of the Lake Region is a good starting point for many memorable excursions in the area.
Which city is cheaper, Puerto Montt 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 Puerto Montt is $94. 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 Puerto Montt 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 Puerto Montt is $128. 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.
The price of a meal in Puerto Montt can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $22 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $8.80 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Meals for one day
Puerto Montt $22
Typical Food prices in Huaraz
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Huaraz:
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 average price of local transportation around Puerto Montt is $6.77 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.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Huaraz
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Huaraz are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Montt
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Montt:
Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Montt:
Private Airport Transfer: Puerto Montt to Puerto Montt - El Tepual Airport (PMC):
Puerto Montt Airport Private Transfer:
Puerto Montt Shuttle Transfer:
Transfer Puerto Montt Airport to Castro:
Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Castro:
Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Frutillar:
Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Puerto Varas:
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.
Puerto Montt's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $14 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.
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 Puerto Montt
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Puerto Montt are as follows:
Frutillar Half Day Tour From Puerto Montt:
Private Tour: Puerto Montt Sightseeing:
Half day traditional city tour:
Chiloe Island Tour from Puerto Montt:
Full-Day Osorno Vulcano and Petrohue Falls Small-Group Tour:
Chiloe Island - Puñihuil Tour:
Frutillar Tour from Puerto Montt in Private:
Day Tour Frutillar, Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt:
Day tour Petrohue Falls, Osorno Volcano & Puerto Varas:
Shore Excursion: Private City Tour of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas:
Private Shore Excursion Tour to Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and Frutillar:
Puerto Montt Shore Excursion: City Tour and Frutillar Tour with German Colonial Museum:
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.
The average person spends about $4.73 on alcoholic beverages in Puerto Montt per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Huaraz and Puerto Montt, we can see that Puerto Montt 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 Puerto Montt would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Puerto Montt than you might in Huaraz.
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