Should you visit Pereira or San Carlos de Bariloche?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Pereira and San Carlos de Bariloche. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.
Situated in a small valley in the western Andes, Pereira is the capital city of Risaralda, Colombia. The city is surrounded by coffee producing agriculture and sits in the middle of a triangle of cities including Bogota, Medillin and Cali, each of which is about a three to five hour drive away.
The city itself is very much student oriented, as there are many universities around town and at least one quarter of the population is made up of students. There is also a very European vibe to the city and you will find the area beautiful with many parks and museums.
Pereira's economy is based on government, agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, trade, commerce, and tourism. Agricultural products include sugarcane, cacao, rubber, cereals, coffee, and livestock. Apparel is the main manufacturing product, along with aluminium goods, motorcycles and telecommunications technology.
Pereira is found in a warm moorland area with an average temperature of around 72 degrees. The temperatures remain relatively consistent throughout the year with highs in the high 70s Fahrenheit to low 80s Fahrenheit. Low temperatures are usually in the low 60s Fahrenheit. Rain is heaviest during the months of April and May as well as October and November.
San Carlos de Bariloche
Set in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Argentina, San Carlos de Bariloche is the biggest city in the Lake District. Bariloche is popular for skiing and snowboarding in the winter and trekking, swimming, fishing and horseback riding in the summertime.
No matter the time of year, there is something for everyone in Bariloche. Skiing season begins from June to October while fishing season is from November to April. Summer is from December to March, but visiting during low seasons (Spring in October to December and Autumn in late-April to mid-June) also has its benefits when it comes to saving cash and avoiding crowds.
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Which city is cheaper, San Carlos de Bariloche or Pereira?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Pereira is $52, while the average daily cost in San Carlos de Bariloche is $52. 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 Pereira and San Carlos de Bariloche in more detail.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $42 for a double occupancy room in Pereira.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $38 for a double occupancy room in San Carlos de Bariloche.
Hotel or hostel for one person
San Carlos de Bariloche $19
Typical double-occupancy room
San Carlos de Bariloche
On average, meal and food prices in Pereira cost around $19 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $7.60.
The average traveler spends about $20 per day in San Carlos de Bariloche for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Typical Food prices in Pereira
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Pereira:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pereira
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Pereira.
Private Tropical Cooking Class in Pereira with Fruit Tasting:
Typical Food prices in San Carlos de Bariloche
Some typical examples of dining costs in San Carlos de Bariloche are as follows:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in San Carlos de Bariloche
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in San Carlos de Bariloche.
Night hiking in the woods with headlamps & Candlelit dinner:
Half-Day Bariloche Highlights with Cooking Class & Beer Tasting -Private Service:
The cost of a taxi ride in Pereira is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $17 per person, per day, on local transportation in Pereira.
The average price of local transportation around San Carlos de Bariloche is $16 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.
Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
San Carlos de Bariloche $16
Typical Local Transportation prices in Pereira
Some typical examples of transportation costs in Pereira are as follows:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pereira
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Pereira:
Private Transfer Pereira to Salento (or vice versa):
Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Carlos de Bariloche
Some specific examples of transportation prices in San Carlos de Bariloche:
Arrival Private Transfer Bariloche Airport BRC to Bariloche City by Minivan:
Arrival Private Transfer Bariloche Airport BRC to Bariloche City by SUV:
Bariloche Airport Arrival Private Transfer:
Bariloche Airport Arrival Shuttle Transfer:
Bariloche Airport Departure Private Transfer:
Bariloche Airport Departure Shuttle Transfer:
Bariloche Airport Round Trip PrivateTransfer:
Bariloche Airport Round Trip Shuttle Transfer:
Bariloche Airport Roundtrip Transfer:
Departure Private Transfer Bariloche City to Bariloche Airport BRC by Minivan:
Departure Private Transfer Bariloche City to Bariloche Airport BRC by SUV:
Private Airport Transfer: Bariloche to San Carlos De Bariloche Airport (BRC):
Is it cheaper to fly into Pereira or San Carlos de Bariloche?
Prices for flights to both San Carlos de Bariloche and Pereira 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 Pereira typically cost an average of $15 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
San Carlos de Bariloche's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $22 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.
Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
San Carlos de Bariloche $22
Tours and Activities in Pereira
Here are a few actual costs in Pereira for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
[Online Experience] Enjoy the Awakening of Birds:
[Online Experience] Explore the Coffee Process_From Tree to Cup:
Coffee Tour Santa Rosa de Cabal:
Pereira Full Day Bike Tour: Nature and Coffee:
Pereira Full Day Bike Tour: Local Means of Transport Route:
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Filandia Coffee Town (from Pereira):
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Coffee Farm Tour (from Pereira):
Cocora Tour, Water Star:
2-Day Biking and Hiking Tour in the Coffee Region from Pereira:
Romantic tour in Pereira:
The Best of Pereira Walking Tour:
5-Day Biking Tour Including Coffee and Cultural from Pereira:
Tours and Activities in San Carlos de Bariloche
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for San Carlos de Bariloche are as follows:
Bariloche Civic Center Walking Tour:
Bariloche Historic District Walking Tour:
German Footprint Shared Tour:
Cerro Catedral Sightseeing Tour:
Bariloche Scenic Circle Tour:
Half Day Small Circuit Tour: Mt Campanario and Llao Llao Peninsula:
Bariloche Sightseeing Tour:
German Footprint & Nazi presence - Walking Tour in Bariloche:
Nahuel Huapi National Park AdmissionTicket:
Mount Tronador and the Black Glacier Day Tour:
Bariloche Flavours Tasting Walking Tour:
San Martín de los Andes por 7 Lagos Full-Day Tour:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Pereira may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $11 per day on alcoholic beverages.
The average person spends about $13 on alcoholic beverages in San Carlos de Bariloche per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Typical Alcohol prices in San Carlos de Bariloche
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in San Carlos de Bariloche from other travelers:
Sample the Local Flavors in San Carlos de Bariloche
Also in San Carlos de Bariloche, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
City Tour, Nature Hiking & visit to a Local Microbrewery in Bariloche:
When comparing the travel costs between Pereira and San Carlos de Bariloche, we can see that Pereira is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in South America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.
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