Should you visit Puerto Iguazu or La Serena?
Should I visit Puerto Iguazu or La Serena? 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.
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.
La Serena is a charming town in Northern Chile. It is Chile's second-oldest city and the thriving capital of Region IV. With its beautiful architecture, its long golden shoreline, dignified stone churches, tree-shaded avenues and pretty plazas, La Serena has everything you could ask for!
Chileans on holidays flood in the city in January and February, though it is fairly peaceful outside the summer rush. Some of the city's architecture is from the colonial era, but most is actually neocolonial thanks to president Gabriel Gonzalez Videla, born in La Serena, and her 'Plan Serena' of the late 1940s.
Which city is cheaper, La Serena or Puerto Iguazu?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Puerto Iguazu is $57, while the average daily cost in La Serena is $82. 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 Puerto Iguazu and La Serena in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $46 in Puerto Iguazu For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around $80 in La Serena For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
The average traveler spends about $21 per day in Puerto Iguazu 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.
La Serena food costs typically run travelers around $25 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
Meals for one day
Puerto Iguazu $21
La Serena $25
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:
Foz do Iguaçu Folkloric Show with Dinner from Puerto Iguazú:
Foz do Iguacu: 2-Hour Rafain Churrascaria Show with Dinner:
Skip the Line: Dinner Tango Show in Iguazu Falls Ticket:
Folkloric Show with Dinner at Rafain Churrascaria:
Rafain Steakhouse Show - Dinner and Show Included:
Tio Querido Ranch Dinner and Show:
Dinner Tango Show in Iguazú Falls:
Creative Cooking Class and Dinner with Wine in Iguazu:
Tio Querido Dinner and Folk Show in Puerto Iguazú:
Skip the Line: Dinner Samba Show Ticket in Rafain (brazilian side):
Full day Iguazu Falls Argentinian side + Tango Show (no dinner):
To get around in Puerto Iguazu, the average visitor spends $18 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
To get around in La Serena, the average visitor spends $19 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Iguazu
Also for Puerto Iguazu, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private One-Way Airport Transfer:
Puerto Iguazu Airport Shuttle Transfer:
Private 1-Way Airport Transfer: Downtown Foz do Iguaçu:
Iguazu: Transfer from Argentina Side:
Iguazu Falls: Day Tour including transfers and guided tour:
Iguazu Falls Pass: Transfers in/out + Visit to Iguazu Falls Argentininan Side:
Iguazu Airport Private Transfer:
Iguazú Falls Brazil & Argentina 3-Day In-Out Transfers:
Iguassu Falls Argentina Airport R/T Transfer to Hotels:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Serena
Also for La Serena, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Airport Transfer: from La Serena to La Florida Airport (LSC):
Private Airport Transfer: La Florida Airport (LSC) to La Serena:
Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Iguazu or La Serena?
Prices for flights to both La Serena 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.
In Puerto Iguazu, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $19 per person, per day.
In La Serena, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $22 per person, per day.
Tours and Activities in Puerto Iguazu
For Puerto Iguazu, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
2-Night Iguassu Falls Sightseeing Tour:
2-Night Iguazu Rainforest Experience at Yacutinga Lodge:
2-day Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side + City Tour with 3 frontiers landmark:
3-Day Iguazu Falls Adventure: Brazil and Argentina:
3-Day Iguazu Falls Exploring Tour:
3-Day Iguazu Falls Self Guided Exploring Tour:
3-Day Tour: Exploring Iguazu Falls in Private Service:
3-Days Iguazu Falls Tour of the Argentinian and Brazilian Side:
3-Days Private Experience at Iguazu:
4-Day Tour to Iguazu Falls by Air from Buenos Aires:
5-Day Adventure Trip in Iguazu:
6-Day Iguazu Falls & Ibera Marshlands Luxury Tour:
Tours and Activities in La Serena
For La Serena, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Elqui Valley and Vicuña Private Tour Including Lunch:
La Serena and Coquimbo Private City Tour Including Lunch and Archeological Museum:
Full day Tour to Elqui Valley:
Valle de Elqui Fullday Tour:
Typically, people visiting Puerto Iguazu spend on average $9.03 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting La Serena spend on average $21 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Puerto Iguazu and La Serena, we can see that La Serena 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 La Serena would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in La Serena than you might in Puerto Iguazu.
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