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

Should you visit Puerto Iguazu or Manaus?

Should I visit Puerto Iguazu or Manaus? 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

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.

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 Solimões 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.

Which city is cheaper, Manaus or Puerto Iguazu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Puerto Iguazu is $48, while the average daily cost in Manaus is $50. 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 Manaus in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $38 in Puerto Iguazu For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $72 in Manaus For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Puerto Iguazu $19
    Manaus $36
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Puerto Iguazu $38
    Manaus $72

Local Transportation

To get around in Puerto Iguazu, the average visitor spends $15 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.

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 $6.66 on transportation in Manaus on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $15
    Manaus $6.66

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Iguazu

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

  • One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer: $4.98
  • Puerto Iguazu Airport Shuttle Transfer: $30
  • Iguazu: Transfer from Argentina Side: $95
  • Iguazu Falls: Day Tour including transfers and guided tour: $245
  • Iguazu Falls Pass: Transfers in/out + Visit to Iguazu Falls Argentininan Side: $110
  • Iguazu Airport Private Transfer: $63

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

Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Iguazu or Manaus?

Prices for flights to both Manaus 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

The average traveler spends about $18 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.

Food in Manaus costs travelers about $10 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
    Puerto Iguazu $18
    Manaus $10

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: $27
  • Foz do Iguaçu Folkloric Show with Dinner from Puerto Iguazú: $30
  • Skip the Line: Dinner Tango Show in Iguazu Falls Ticket: $59
  • Folkloric Show with Dinner at Rafain Churrascaria: $63
  • Rafain Steakhouse Show - Dinner and Show Included: $69
  • Dinner Tango Show in Iguazú Falls: $85
  • Creative Cooking Class and Dinner with Wine in Iguazu: $87
  • Tio Querido Dinner and Folk Show in Puerto Iguazú: $90
  • Skip the Line: Dinner Samba Show Ticket in Rafain (brazilian side): $99
  • Full day Iguazu Falls Argentinian side + Tango Show (no dinner): $110
  • Full day Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side + Dinner Tango Show: $125
  • Visit to Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side + Dinner Samba Show in Rafain: $134

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 Folclórico Temático: $42

Entertainment

In Puerto Iguazu, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $16 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $16
    Manaus -

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: $150
  • 2-Night Iguazu Rainforest Experience at Yacutinga Lodge: $608
  • 2-day Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side + City Tour with 3 frontiers landmark: $115
  • 3-Day Iguazu Falls Adventure: Brazil and Argentina: $363
  • 3-Day Iguazu Falls Exploring Tour: $172
  • 3-Day Iguazu Falls Self Guided Exploring Tour: $213
  • 3-Day Tour: Exploring Iguazu Falls in Private Service: $544
  • 3-Days Iguazu Falls Tour of the Argentinian and Brazilian Side: $491
  • 3-Days Private Experience at Iguazu: $790
  • 4-Day Tour to Iguazu Falls by Air from Buenos Aires: $1,058
  • 5-Day Adventure Trip in Iguazu: $538
  • 6-Day Iguazu Falls & Ibera Marshlands Luxury Tour: $1,800

Tours and Activities in Manaus

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

  • 3 Days Amazon Jungle Adventure Tour: $300
  • 3-Day Manaus Amazon Jungle Adventure: $331
  • 4 Days Amazon Jungle Adventure Tour: $400
  • 4-Day Manaus Amazon Jungle Adventure: $455
  • 4-Days Unique Experience at Amazon Lodge, immersion on a Jungle Adventure: $670
  • 4-day Amazon River Boat Tour From Manaus: $1,200
  • 5 Days Amazon Jungle Adventure Tour: $500
  • 5-Day Amazon Manaus Jungle Adventure: $563
  • 5-Days Navigation experience in Amazonas, Brasil - Private Vessel: $1,840
  • 6 Days Amazon Jungle Adventure Tour: $700
  • A Taste of the Amazon 2D/1N Tour-At Tucan Amazon Lodge: $450
  • Adventure in the Amazon 4D/3N at Tucan Amazon Lodge: $680

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Puerto Iguazu spend on average $7.52 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting Manaus spend on average $2.38 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Puerto Iguazu $7.52
    Manaus $2.38


When comparing the travel costs between Puerto Iguazu and Manaus, we can see that Manaus 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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