A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Manaus vs. Pucon for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Manaus or Pucon?

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

Should I visit Manaus or Pucon? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Manaus or Pucon?

Manaus

Manaus is a Brazilian city, capital of the state of Amazonas, and is located on the Rio Negro a few miles before it meets the Rio Solimões to form the Amazon River. The city is a major departure point for those visiting the Amazon Rainforest, though there are a few sights worth seeing within the city itself as well.

Pucon

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.

Check out our ultimate guide to Traveling in Patagonia.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Brazil, The Best Wildlife Tours to Brazil, The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Chile, and The Best Luxury Tours to Chile.


Which place is cheaper, Pucon or Manaus?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Manaus is $59, 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Manaus and Pucon in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Manaus $42
    Pucon $45
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Manaus $84
    Pucon $90
Compare Hotels in Manaus and Pucon

Looking for a hotel in Manaus or Pucon? 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 Manaus


Hotels in Pucon


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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: Manaus Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Manaus $7.86
    Pucon $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Manaus

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

  • Manaus to Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) -Departure Private Transfer: $21
  • Manaus Airport (MAO) to Manaus hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $24
  • Manaus Airport(MAO) to Manaus hotels- Round-Trip Private Transfer: $49
  • Manaus hotels to Manaus Airport(MAO) - Departure Private Transfer: $24
  • Manaus private Airport transfer: $30
  • Manaus to Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) - Departure Private Transfer: $23
  • Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) to Manaus - Arrival Private Transfer: $21
  • Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) to Manaus - Arrival Private Transfer: $23
  • Ponta Pelada Airport (PLL) to Manaus -Round-Trip Private Transfer: $46
  • Private Transfer - Airport - Hotel / Hotel - Airport: $34
  • Private Transfer Services 24h Airport to Hotel in Manaus: $17
  • Services Private transfer 24h Hotel to Airport in Manaus: $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pucon

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Pucon:

  • Pucon to Puerto Montt El Tepual Airport (PMC) -Departure Transfer: $116
  • Pucon Temuco Airport Private Transfer: $146
  • Private Transfer Pucon Thermal Resorts to Temuco Airport: $50

Is it cheaper to fly into Manaus or Pucon?

Prices for flights to both Pucon and Manaus 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
    Manaus $12
    Pucon $39

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Manaus

For Manaus, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Folklore Amazonian Dinner Show: $42
  • Food Tour: $50

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Manaus -
    Pucon $39

Tours and Activities in Manaus

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

  • Walking Tours in Manaus: $15
  • City Tour in Manaus at Teatro Amazonas and Praça da Matriz: $50
  • Manaus City Tour e Musa: $50
  • MUSA and INPA Museums with Observation Tower Tour: $50
  • Half-Day City Tour: $54
  • Amazon Negro River Half-Day Expedition Tour: $55
  • Full-Day Tour on the Amazon River: $55
  • Manaus Sightseeing Tour: $64
  • Solimoes River Piranha Fishing and Alligator Watching Tour: $66
  • Full-Day Package Tour in Presidente Figueiredo : $70
  • Meeting of the Waters & Pink Dolphin Tour with Lunch: $71
  • Meeting of the Waters & Pink Dolphin Tour with Lunch: $72

Tours and Activities in Pucon

Here are a few actual costs in Pucon for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 3-Hour Rafting Experience in Pucon: $60
  • Full Day Excursion Tour to Quetrupillán Volcano: $177
  • Full Day Private Tour Ascending Sollipulli Volcano: $140
  • Half Day Tour to The Eyes Of Caburgua from Pucon: $104
  • Local Chile-Bavarian Culinary Pretzel Baking Experience n Sausage: $149
  • Private 3-Hour Canyoning Experience on the Correntoso River: $68
  • Private Half Day Andean Lakes Experience with pickup: $110
  • Sightseeing Tour in Pucon and Villarica: $104

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Manaus $2.81
    Pucon $28


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Manaus and Pucon, we can see that Pucon is more expensive. And not only is Manaus much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Manaus would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Manaus 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 Manaus.

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


Which is Bigger, Manaus or Pucon?

Manaus has a larger population, and is about 60 times larger than the population of Pucon. When comparing the sizes of Manaus and Pucon, 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 Manaus or Pucon?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the southern hemisphere, summer is in January and winter is in July.

Should I visit Manaus or Pucon in the Summer?

Both Pucon and Manaus during the summer are popular places to visit.

In January, Manaus is generally much warmer than Pucon. Daily temperatures in Manaus average around 27°C (81°F), and Pucon fluctuates around 16°C (61°F).

In Pucon, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the summer, Manaus often gets less sunshine than Pucon. Manaus gets 114 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Pucon receives 296 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Manaus. Manaus usually gets more rain in January than Pucon. Manaus gets 264 mm (10.4 in) of rain, while Pucon receives 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures January
    Manaus 27°C (81°F) 
    Pucon 16°C (61°F)

Should I visit Manaus or Pucon in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Manaus and Pucon.

Manaus is much warmer than Pucon in the autumn. The daily temperature in Manaus averages around 28°C (82°F) in April, and Pucon fluctuates around 11°C (52°F).

Manaus usually receives less sunshine than Pucon during autumn. Manaus gets 112 hours of sunny skies, while Pucon receives 132 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Pucon receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Manaus gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Manaus usually receives more rain than Pucon. Manaus gets 311 mm (12.3 in) of rain, while Pucon receives 133 mm (5.2 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures April
    Manaus 28°C (82°F) 
    Pucon 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Manaus or Pucon in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Manaus as well as Pucon.

In the winter, Manaus is much warmer than Pucon. Typically, the winter temperatures in Manaus in July average around 28°C (82°F), and Pucon averages at about 7°C (45°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Manaus this time of the year. In the winter, Manaus often gets more sunshine than Pucon. Manaus gets 214 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Pucon receives 66 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Pucon. Manaus usually gets less rain in July than Pucon. Manaus gets 85 mm (3.4 in) of rain, while Pucon receives 312 mm (12.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures July
    Manaus 28°C (82°F) 
    Pucon 7°C (45°F)

Should I visit Manaus or Pucon in the Spring?

Both Pucon and Manaus are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities.

In October, Manaus is generally much warmer than Pucon. Daily temperatures in Manaus average around 29°C (84°F), and Pucon fluctuates around 11°C (52°F).

Manaus usually receives less sunshine than Pucon during spring. Manaus gets 171 hours of sunny skies, while Pucon receives 198 hours of full sun in the spring.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Pucon. It's quite rainy in Manaus. In October, Manaus usually receives around the same amount of rain as Pucon. Manaus gets 113 mm (4.4 in) of rain, while Pucon receives 109 mm (4.3 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures October
    Manaus 29°C (84°F) 
    Pucon 11°C (52°F)

Typical Weather for Pucon and Manaus

Manaus Pucon
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (81°F) 264 mm (10.4 in) 16°C (61°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Feb 27°C (81°F) 290 mm (11.4 in) 17°C (62°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Mar 27°C (81°F) 335 mm (13.2 in) 14°C (57°F) 71 mm (2.8 in)
Apr 28°C (82°F) 311 mm (12.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 133 mm (5.2 in)
May 27°C (81°F) 279 mm (11 in) 9°C (48°F) 295 mm (11.6 in)
Jun 28°C (82°F) 115 mm (4.5 in) 8°C (46°F) 297 mm (11.7 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 85 mm (3.4 in) 7°C (45°F) 312 mm (12.3 in)
Aug 28°C (83°F) 47 mm (1.9 in) 8°C (46°F) 247 mm (9.7 in)
Sep 29°C (84°F) 73 mm (2.9 in) 9°C (48°F) 162 mm (6.4 in)
Oct 29°C (84°F) 113 mm (4.4 in) 11°C (52°F) 109 mm (4.3 in)
Nov 28°C (83°F) 174 mm (6.8 in) 13°C (55°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Dec 28°C (82°F) 220 mm (8.6 in) 16°C (60°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)