A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers La Plata vs. Asuncion for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit La Plata or Asuncion?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

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 La Plata and Asuncion can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: La Plata or Asuncion?

La Plata

Just over an hour from Buenos Aires, the bustling university city of La Plata is notable for being South America's first planned city. Indeed, also known as the City of Diagonal, La Plata's intricate grid system includes diagonal streets that run through it, contributing to easy navigation but confusing intersections.La Plata is the Capital of the Province of Buenos Aires, the main Argentine state, so you will find lots of elaborate government buildings alongside leafy green plazas in this laid back as well as active city. La Plata is a happening university town with a population of over 700,000. You can walk the width of it in under an hour, stopping at trendy craft beer bars, local music joints, and great restaurants along the way. Also, football is a religion in Argentina and if you're looking for some local atmosphere, La Plata is the place to go! Two of Argentina's biggest football teams, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata and Estudiantes de La Plata challenge each other each year. If you are around during that special day for the city, you will witness thousands of fans wearing the relevant colours heading off to watch the match and parade by calle 7.

Asuncion

Asuncion is a vastly underrated city. It is the capital but also the administrative economic and cultural center of Paraguay. It is located in the south central part of the country, near the border with Argentina and it is one of the oldest cities in South America, with people living here since almost 500 years. The city has a beautiful and simple center, with a few unique colonial and beaux arts buildings, international cuisine, shady plazas and friendly people. Its handful of historic buildings around the Plaza de los Heroes, Plaza Uruguaya and Manzana de la Ribera, two or three small museums, old bars and cafes, but also smart suburbs, ritzy shopping malls and fashionable nightclubs will keep you entertained for a day or two. It is a very charming city for travellers and apart from the sights, the city boasts a good tourist infrastructure with hotels and restaurants.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Buenos Aires, and The Best 2-Week Tours from Buenos Aires.


Which place is cheaper, Asuncion or La Plata?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in La Plata is $8.48, while the average daily cost in Asuncion is $67. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for La Plata and Asuncion in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    La Plata $3.41
    Asuncion $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    La Plata $6.82
    Asuncion $44
Compare Hotels in La Plata and Asuncion

Looking for a hotel in La Plata or Asuncion? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in La Plata


Hotels in Asuncion


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: La Plata Hotel Prices and Asuncion Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    La Plata $2.43
    Asuncion $8.69

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Asuncion

Also for Asuncion, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • RoundTrip Transfer in Private Minivan Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $59
  • RoundTrip Private Transfer Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $52
  • Transfer in private minivan from Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $29
  • Transfer in private minivan Asuncion City - Silvio Pettirosi Airport (ASU): $29
  • Transfer in Private Car from Asuncion Airport (ASU) - Asuncion City: $21
  • Transfer in private car from Asuncion City - Asuncion Airport (ASU): $20

Is it cheaper to fly into La Plata or Asuncion?

Prices for flights to both Asuncion and La Plata 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    La Plata $3.32
    Asuncion $17
Typical Food Prices in La Plata

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to La Plata:


  • Ice Cream
    $0.01

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    La Plata $2.13
    Asuncion $16
Typical Entertainment Prices in La Plata

For La Plata, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Sciencias Naturales Museum Entrance Fee
    $0.01

Tours and Activities in Asuncion

For Asuncion, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Asunción Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $35
  • Asuncion Birding Tour: $70
  • Birding and Nature Chaco Tour: $140
  • Crystal Fall - day tour in a reduced group: $71
  • Day Tour “Cerrito”: $231
  • Day tour “Circuito San Bernardino”: $214
  • Day tour “Circuito Sapucai”: $221
  • Day tour “Pai Pukú”: $230
  • Day tour to “National Park Ybycuí”: $265
  • Full day Paraguay River Nature and Wildlife Boat Tour: $230
  • Golden Triangle Tour: $110
  • Half-Day Yparacai Lake Tour from Asuncion with Pick Up: $185

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    La Plata $1.18
    Asuncion $10

Typical Alcohol Prices in Asuncion

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Asuncion are as follows:


  • Beer
    $1.21


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between La Plata and Asuncion, we can see that Asuncion is more expensive. And not only is La Plata much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to La Plata would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in La Plata 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 Asuncion would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Asuncion than you might in La Plata.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is La Plata Expensive? and Is Asuncion Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, La Plata or Asuncion?

Asuncion has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of La Plata. When comparing the sizes of La Plata and Asuncion, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit La Plata or Asuncion?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the southern hemisphere, summer is in January and winter is in July.

Should I visit La Plata or Asuncion in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both La Plata and Asuncion.

In January, La Plata is generally cooler than Asuncion. Daily temperatures in La Plata average around 25°C (77°F), and Asuncion fluctuates around 29°C (84°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Asuncion this time of the year. La Plata usually receives less sunshine than Asuncion during summer. La Plata gets 191 hours of sunny skies, while Asuncion receives 249 hours of full sun in the summer.

Asuncion receives a lot of rain in the summer. In January, La Plata usually receives less rain than Asuncion. La Plata gets 86 mm (3.4 in) of rain, while Asuncion receives 150 mm (5.9 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January
    La Plata 25°C (77°F) 
    Asuncion 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit La Plata or Asuncion in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to La Plata as well as Asuncion.

La Plata is cooler than Asuncion in the autumn. The daily temperature in La Plata averages around 18°C (65°F) in April, and Asuncion fluctuates around 24°C (75°F).

In the autumn, La Plata often gets less sunshine than Asuncion. La Plata gets 156 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Asuncion receives 199 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Asuncion. La Plata usually gets less rain in April than Asuncion. La Plata gets 85 mm (3.3 in) of rain, while Asuncion receives 150 mm (5.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April
    La Plata 18°C (65°F) 
    Asuncion 24°C (75°F)

Should I visit La Plata or Asuncion in the Winter?

Both Asuncion and La Plata are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities.

In the winter, La Plata is much colder than Asuncion. Typically, the winter temperatures in La Plata in July average around 12°C (53°F), and Asuncion averages at about 19°C (66°F).

La Plata usually receives less sunshine than Asuncion during winter. La Plata gets 102 hours of sunny skies, while Asuncion receives 191 hours of full sun in the winter.

In July, La Plata usually receives more rain than Asuncion. La Plata gets 57 mm (2.2 in) of rain, while Asuncion receives 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July
    La Plata 12°C (53°F) 
    Asuncion 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit La Plata or Asuncion in the Spring?

Both Asuncion and La Plata during the spring are popular places to visit.

In October, La Plata is generally cooler than Asuncion. Daily temperatures in La Plata average around 18°C (64°F), and Asuncion fluctuates around 25°C (77°F).

In Asuncion, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the spring, La Plata often gets less sunshine than Asuncion. La Plata gets 167 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Asuncion receives 206 hours of full sun.

Asuncion gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in La Plata. La Plata usually gets less rain in October than Asuncion. La Plata gets 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain, while Asuncion receives 130 mm (5.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October
    La Plata 18°C (64°F) 
    Asuncion 25°C (77°F)

Typical Weather for Asuncion and La Plata

La Plata Asuncion
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 25°C (77°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 29°C (84°F) 150 mm (5.9 in)
Feb 24°C (75°F) 101 mm (4 in) 27°C (81°F) 140 mm (5.5 in)
Mar 22°C (71°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 26°C (79°F) 140 mm (5.5 in)
Apr 18°C (65°F) 85 mm (3.3 in) 24°C (75°F) 150 mm (5.9 in)
May 15°C (59°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 21°C (70°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Jun 12°C (53°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 19°C (66°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Jul 12°C (53°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 19°C (66°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Aug 13°C (55°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 21°C (70°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Sep 15°C (59°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 22°C (72°F) 70 mm (2.8 in)
Oct 18°C (64°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 25°C (77°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)
Nov 21°C (69°F) 100 mm (3.9 in) 26°C (79°F) 150 mm (5.9 in)
Dec 23°C (74°F) 96 mm (3.8 in) 28°C (82°F) 150 mm (5.9 in)