A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Montevideo vs. Iquique for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Montevideo or Iquique?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Montevideo and Iquique can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Montevideo or Iquique?


As the morning sun tinges the calm waters of the Rio de la Plata with a golden hue, the Rambla and its city awakens to life with new adventures for those near and far. From tanning on the luxurious beaches to peering into Uruguayan history at local museums, one can be far from bored while staying in Montevideo. Combining the quaintness of the countryside with the excitement of urban life, this city holds a unique trait that cannot easily be replicated.


Located in a golden crescent of coastline, the beautiful beach city with an ocean that's several shades of blue and a historic centre that offers the perfect balance of culture and relaxation is counted among Chile's premier beach resorts. The city is home to the duty free zone called "Zofri" and a growing number of high rise resort hotels along its beaches. Slightly more expensive and polluted than neighboring population centers, such as Arica, Iquique and its chaotic duty-free shopping zone (zona franca) have become the perfect summer holiday destination for Chilean families.

Which place is cheaper, Iquique or Montevideo?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Montevideo is $62, while the average daily cost in Iquique is $95. 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 Montevideo and Iquique in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Montevideo $39
    Iquique $42
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Montevideo $78
    Iquique $84
Compare Hotels in Montevideo and Iquique

Looking for a hotel in Montevideo or Iquique? 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 Montevideo

Hotels in Iquique

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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: Montevideo Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Montevideo $7.23
    Iquique $23

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Montevideo

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

  • Arrival Private Transfer Montevideo Airport to Montevideo City in Minibus: $217
  • Departure Private Transfer Montevideo to Montevideo Airport MVD in a Minibus: $217
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Punta del Este to Montevideo Carrasco Airport: $192
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Montevideo Carrasco Airport to Punta del Este: $192
  • Private Transfer from or to Carrasco Airport in Montevideo: $120
  • Carrasco International Airport (MVD) to Montevideo hotels - Round-Trip Transfer: $99
  • Carrasco Airport MVD to Montevideo Hotels Round Trip Transfer: $99
  • Private Transfer - Carrasco Airport (MVD) to Punta Del Este Port: $86
  • TRANSFER FROM OR TO THE AIRPORT (4 to 12 paxs): $80
  • Private Transfer from Carrasco Airport MVD to Punta Del Este Port: $73
  • Private Transfer from Punta Del Este Port to Carrasco Airport MVD: $73
  • Departure Private Transfer Montevideo to Montevideo Airport MVD in Business Car: $69

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Iquique

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

  • Sandboard activity in Iquique with transfer: $60

Is it cheaper to fly into Montevideo or Iquique?

Prices for flights to both Iquique and Montevideo 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 Meals for one day
    Montevideo $13
    Iquique $33

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Montevideo

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

  • The best Montevideo Dinner Show. Tango and Candombe. El Milongon.: $85
  • El Milongon Dinner & Show: Candombe, Tango & Folklore in Montevideo: $98
  • Montevideo private city tour with dinner included and tango show: $200

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Montevideo $20
    Iquique $27

Tours and Activities in Montevideo

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Montevideo.

  • Colonia del Sacramento - Regular Tour: $65
  • Punta del Este, City Tour from Montevideo: $140
  • Afternoon/Night Tour In Montevideo Personalized Boys Groups!!: $75
  • Best City Tour for Cruisers: $160
  • Best City Tour, convenience, security and value in a personalized tour: $160
  • Best Private & Personalized Tour of Montevideo: $185
  • Best Private Montevideo Shore Excursion: City Tour. Optional WineTasting Tour.: $165
  • Best Private Tour of Montevideo for Cruise Passengers: $225
  • Best Shared Tour of Montevideo for Cruise Passengers: $100
  • Best Shared Tour of Montevideo for Cruise Passengers : $100
  • Castillo Viejo Winery Tour, Tasting of High-end Wine CataMayor: $50
  • City Tour, the best option for small groups: $160

Tours and Activities in Iquique

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Iquique.

  • City Tour in Iquique: $89
  • Pintados Geoglyphs Humberstone and Salar Crespo tour: $130

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Montevideo -
    Iquique $20

Sample the Local Flavors in Montevideo

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Montevideo:

  • Guided tour of Castillo Viejo Winery and Wine tasting and Lunch: $30
  • Half Day Tour at Pizzorno Winery with Lunch and Wine Tasting: $120
  • Juanico Wine Tour Lunch: $132
  • The best wine tour: $140
  • Montevideo Wine Tour with Tasting and Lunch: $178
  • Exclusive Cruise Wine Tour curated for a small group: $180
  • Private Wine Tours by Wine Explorers Uruguay: $205
  • Wine Tasting & Countryside Lunch Experience: $210

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

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

Which is Bigger, Montevideo or Iquique?

Montevideo has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Iquique. When comparing the sizes of Montevideo and Iquique, 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.