A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Manaus vs. San Pedro de Atacama for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Manaus or San Pedro de Atacama?

Should I visit Manaus or San Pedro de Atacama? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

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 Soliműes 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.

San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama is a gateway to northern Chile. It is a good jumping off point for exploring the area's impressive landscape, most of which is included in the Los Flamencos National Reserve. It is popular with both Chilean and international tourists, and because of its popularity, it is a relatively expensive destination, with many prices comparable to what you might pay in Santiago.

Which city is cheaper, San Pedro de Atacama or Manaus?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Manaus is $46, while the average daily cost in San Pedro de Atacama is $56. 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 Manaus and San Pedro de Atacama in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $66 in Manaus For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

For a normal double-occupancy room in San Pedro de Atacama, $60 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in San Pedro de Atacama, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $30, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Manaus $33
    San Pedro de Atacama $30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Manaus $66
    San Pedro de Atacama $60

Food

Food in Manaus costs travelers about $9.68 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.

Food in San Pedro de Atacama costs travelers about $14 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Manaus $9.68
    San Pedro de Atacama $14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Manaus

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

  • Folklore Themed Dinner - Jantar Folcl√≥rico Tem√°tico: $42

Typical Food prices in San Pedro de Atacama

For San Pedro de Atacama, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Empanadas
    $1.52
  • Lunch
    $13
  • Dinner
    $13
  • Drink
    $1.14
  • Empanada
    $6.34

Local Transportation

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Manaus than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $6.20 on transportation in Manaus on average per day.

San Pedro de Atacama's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $8.86 per person, per day on transportation in San Pedro de Atacama.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Manaus $6.20
    San Pedro de Atacama $8.86

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Manaus

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

  • Transfers from the airport to any place in Manaus City: $40
  • Shared Transfer from hotels to Manaus airport: $26
  • Shared Transfer from Airport to hotels in Manaus: $26
  • Shared Round-Trip Transfer: Eduardo Gomes International Airport: $115
  • Private Transfers in Manaus Amazon: $30
  • Manaus Transfers: $16
  • Manaus Transfer/Sightseeing with an English Speaking Tour Guide: $25
  • Manaus Airport: 1-Hour Shared Transfer to Manaus Hotels: $76

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Pedro de Atacama

Also for San Pedro de Atacama, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer San Pedro de Atacama Hotels to El Loa Airport Shared Service: $26
  • Shared Transfer from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama Airport: $25
  • Private transfer from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama City: $115
  • Atacama Airport Shuttle Transfer: $30
  • Atacama Airport Private Transfer: $93

Is it cheaper to fly into Manaus or San Pedro de Atacama?

Prices for flights to both San Pedro de Atacama 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in San Pedro de Atacama can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $20 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Manaus -
    San Pedro de Atacama $20

Tours and Activities in Manaus

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

  • 2-Day Amazon Jungle Tour to Anaconda Lodge/Rio Negro: $150
  • 3 Day Amazon River Boat Tour: $855
  • 3 Days Amazon Jungle Adventure Tour: $300
  • 3-Day Amazon Jungle Adventure Tour to Juma Eco Lodge: $230
  • 3-Day Amazon Jungle Tour to Rio Negro/Anaconda Lodge: $230
  • 3-Day Manaus Amazon Jungle Adventure: $331
  • 3-Day Rio Negro River Cruise from Manaus: $330
  • 3-Hour Manaus City Tour: $79
  • 4 Day Rio Negro River Cruise: $440
  • 4 Days Amazon Jungle Adventure Tour: $400
  • 4-Day Amazon Tour to Anaconda Lodge/Rio Negro: $310
  • 4-Day Manaus Amazon Jungle Adventure: $455

Typical Entertainment prices in San Pedro de Atacama

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for San Pedro de Atacama's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Sand Boarding
    $67

Tours and Activities in San Pedro de Atacama

For San Pedro de Atacama, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 2- day tour Quitor & Tulor + Moon & Death Valley in Atacama: $129
  • 4-Day Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure from San Pedro de Atacama: $357
  • 4-Days Experience at Uyuni Salt Flat From San Pedro de Atacama: $1,953
  • 8-Days Unique Experience in San Pedro de Atacama & Easter Island: $1,680
  • Altiplanic Lagoons and Piedras Rojas Tour - Full Day Tour - Private Option: $157
  • Ancestral Caravan with Sandra Flores - Half Day Special Tour - Local Community: $86
  • Archaeological Tour in Atacama: $49
  • Archaeological Tour, Quitor, Tulor, Coyo and San Pedro: $62
  • Archeological Tour: $59
  • Astronomic Tour Experience from San Pedro de Atacama: $65
  • Astronomic tour: $47
  • Astronomical Tour: $42

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Manaus spend on average $2.21 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting San Pedro de Atacama spend on average $4.78 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Manaus $2.21
    San Pedro de Atacama $4.78

Typical Alcohol prices in San Pedro de Atacama

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in San Pedro de Atacama:


  • Alcohol
    $30


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Manaus and San Pedro de Atacama, we can see that San Pedro de Atacama 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 San Pedro de Atacama would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in San Pedro de Atacama than you might in Manaus.

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Manaus vs. San Pedro de Atacama Travel Comparison

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