A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Puerto Iguazu vs. Foz do Iguacu for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Puerto Iguazu or Foz do Iguacu?

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

Should I visit Puerto Iguazu or Foz do Iguacu? 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: Puerto Iguazu or Foz do Iguacu?

Puerto Iguazu

Puerto Iguazu is located in the northeastern part of Argentina at the border with Paraguay and Brazil. It is a tourist city and travel destination because of its close proximity to Iguazu Falls, which is only 18 kilometers away. Much of the city's infrastructure has grown to maintain the tourist crowds that come to see the falls. The town itself has a population of slightly over 80,000.

Foz do Iguacu

Foz do Iguacu is a larger city in Brazil that is most famous for the Iguacu Falls. The city serves as an entry point for Paraguay and Argentina as well. The obvious reason to visit the city is to see the beautiful falls, and together with Ciudad del Este, Paraguay and Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, it makes up one of the largest tourism sights in South America.

Which place is cheaper, Foz do Iguacu or Puerto Iguazu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Puerto Iguazu is $8.53, while the average daily cost in Foz do Iguacu is $68. 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 Puerto Iguazu and Foz do Iguacu in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Puerto Iguazu $3.39
    Foz do Iguacu $30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Puerto Iguazu $6.78
    Foz do Iguacu $60
Compare Hotels in Puerto Iguazu and Foz do Iguacu

Looking for a hotel in Puerto Iguazu or Foz do Iguacu? 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 Puerto Iguazu

Hotels in Foz do Iguacu

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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: Puerto Iguazu Hotel Prices and Foz do Iguacu Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $2.62
    Foz do Iguacu $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Iguazu

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

  • Argentine and Brazilian Falls with transfers: $43
  • Iguazú Falls Brazil & Argentina 3-Day In-Out Transfers: $39
  • Iguazu Airport Private Transfer: $51
  • Iguazu Falls Argentina Airport Roundtrip Transfer to Hotels: $10
  • Iguazu Falls Saver Package! Both sides excursions & transfers : $79
  • Puerto Iguazú Round-Trip Airport Transfer: $10
  • Puerto Iguazu Airport Shuttle Transfer: $6.85
  • One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer: $8.00
  • One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer: $7.00
  • Transfer In + Transfer Out IGR Airport Puerto Iguazú Hotels Selva de Iryapu: $145
  • Transfer from Iguazú Airport to hotels on the Argentine side: $15
  • Transfers IGR (ARG) from IGU (BRA) with PasseioTur: $90

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Foz do Iguacu

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Foz do Iguacu:

  • Transfer from Foz de Iguazu Airport to Hotels on the Argentine side: $42
  • Transfer IN IGU & Iguassu Falls Brazilian side & Macuco Boat Safari: $220
  • Shared Roundtrip Transfers with Brazilian and Argentinian sides: $140
  • Roundtrip Airport Transfer in Foz do Iguaçu: $51
  • Private transfer from Foz do Iguaçu airport and bus station: $22
  • Private Transfer to Foz do Iguaçu from the Airport: $165
  • Private E Bike Tour Iguaçu Waterfalls + Transfers + Tickets: $132
  • IGU Airport Transfers: $17
  • Foz do Iguaçu Round-Trip Airport Transfer: $42
  • Foz do Iguaçu Airport Shared Transfer: $6.00
  • Foz do Iguaçu Airport Private Transfer : $21

Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Iguazu or Foz do Iguacu?

Prices for flights to both Foz do Iguacu and Puerto Iguazu 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
    Puerto Iguazu $3.13
    Foz do Iguacu $23

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Puerto Iguazu

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

  • El Quincho Del Tio Querido - Dinner And Show from Foz do Iguaçu: $48
  • Puerto Iguazú: Madero Tango Show with Optional Dinner: $58
  • Madero Tango Show with Optional Dinner in Iguazu: $58
  • Iguazu Falls: The Argentine Experience Interactive Dinner: $69
  • Churrascaria Rafain - Show and Dinner : $107
  • Experience Guamini Mision Dinner and Tango Show Selva Iriapu Hotels Exclusive: $110
  • Rafain Steakhouse Show - Dinner and Show Included: $115
  • Rafain Steakhouse Dinner & Show: $117
  • The Argentine Experience: wine & dinner experience: $118
  • Dinner Show Rafain Steakhouse Gran Meliá Hotel Exclusive - Private Tour: $120
  • Dinner Show Rafain Steakhouse from Puerto Iguazú Hotels Private Tour: $120
  • From Foz do Iguaçu: Madero Tango with dinner: $123

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Foz do Iguacu

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Foz do Iguacu.

  • Official Entrance: Dinner with Latin American Show at Rafain Steakhouse: $53
  • Transport to Acaray Casino + dinner (optional): $100
  • Dinner Show - Rafain Steakhouse : $100
  • Rafain dinner Samba Show: $110
  • Dinner Show at Rafain in Foz do Iguaçu: $113
  • Dinner Show Rafain Steakhouse Belmond Hotel Cataratas : $135
  • Foz do Iguacu Dancing Musical Show with Dinner and Pickup: $208

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $2.79
    Foz do Iguacu $25

Tours and Activities in Puerto Iguazu

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

  • Puerto Iguazú: Iguazú Biocenter Tour: $18
  • Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side Full-Day Tour: $18
  • Argentinian Iguazu Falls Full Day Tour: $23
  • Argentine Falls Full-Day Guided Tour One of the 7 Wonders of the World: $23
  • Hito Tres Fronters and La Aripuca City Tour: $24
  • Private Zip Line and Rappel Adventure in Puerto Iguazú: $25
  • Ciudad del Este Shopping Tour: $27
  • Brazilian Side of Iguazu Falls Half-Day Sightseeing Tour : $29
  • Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side Tour: $31
  • From Guarani Village Tour with brunch: $32
  • Tour to Iguaçu Brazilian Falls from Argentina: $34
  • Iguazu Falls Full Day Tour Argentine Side With Optional Brazilian Falls: $34

Tours and Activities in Foz do Iguacu

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

  • Private Day Tour to Two Sides of the Iguassu Falls : $139
  • Shopping Tour In Ciudad Del Este: $14
  • 1-day Private Tour of the Falls on the Brazilian and Argentinean sides.: $130
  • 2 Days Private Tour Argentinean & Brazilian Side of Iguazu Falls: $285
  • 2-Day Private Tour Iguaçu Falls Brazil and Argentina: $190
  • 2-Day Private Tour to Argentina and Brazil Falls: $196
  • 2-Days Private Brasil & Argentina Iguassu Falls Experience : $180
  • Airport IGU Pick-Up & Shopping In Paraguay & Hotel Drop-Off - Private Tour: $100
  • Airport IGU Round Trip & 2 Days Sightseeing in Iguassu: $225
  • Airport IGU Round Trip & Iguassu Falls Argentinean side & Great Adventure: $295
  • Argentinean Side Iguassu Falls - Private Tour: $120
  • Argentinian Side of the Falls - All Tickets Included: $102

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Puerto Iguazu $1.34
    Foz do Iguacu $12

Typical Alcohol Prices in Foz do Iguacu

Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Foz do Iguacu from other travelers:

  • Beer

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

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Puerto Iguazu Expensive? and Is Foz do Iguacu Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Puerto Iguazu or Foz do Iguacu?

Foz do Iguacu has a larger population, and is about 9 times larger than the population of Puerto Iguazu. When comparing the sizes of Puerto Iguazu and Foz do Iguacu, 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.