Should you visit Huaraz or Puerto Varas?
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 Varas 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.
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 Huaraz?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Huaraz is $36, 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 Huaraz and Puerto Varas in more detail.
Huaraz's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $28. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $14.
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.
While meal prices in Huaraz can vary, the average travelers spends about $13 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Huaraz should cost around $5.20 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.
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.
Meals for one day
Puerto Varas $24
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 $7.32 per person, per day, on local transportation in Huaraz.
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.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Huaraz
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Huaraz are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Varas
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Varas:
Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Varas:
Cruce Andino Office Shuttle Transfer from Puerto Varas:
Puerto Montt Departure Transfer from Hotel in Puerto Varas:
Puerto Varas Airport Private Transfer:
Puerto Varas Airport Shuttle Transfer:
Puerto Varas Bus Terminal Private Transfer:
Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Huaraz or Puerto Varas?
Prices for flights to both Puerto Varas and Huaraz 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 and activities in Huaraz typically cost an average of $14 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
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.
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 Varas
Here are a few actual costs in Puerto Varas for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Osorno Volcano Tour:
Frutillar Tour: Southern Traditions:
Sightseeing Tour Puerto Varas & Puerto Montt:
Half day, traditional city tour:
Speed Boat City Tour in Puerto Varas:
Petrohue Waterfalls & Osorno Volcano Half-Day Tour:
Half-Day Small-Group Rafting Experience in Petrohué River:
Greater Island Chiloe Tour from Puerto Varas:
Full-Day Guided Tour to Villa Peulla from Puerto Varas:
Speed Boat and Walking City Tour in Puerto Varas:
Frutillar Bike Tour from Puerto Varas:
Private Sightseeing Tour in Puerto Varas & Puerto Montt:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Huaraz may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 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.
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:
Heritage City Tour and Brewery in Puerto Varas:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Huaraz and Puerto Varas, we can see that Puerto Varas 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 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 Huaraz.
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