Should you visit Puerto Iguazu or Mendoza?
Should I visit Puerto Iguazu or Mendoza? 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.
Mendoza is a city in western Argentina and more precisely in the desertic Cuyo region. Mendoza is the center of the Argentinian wine industry and is famed around the world for its vineyards and wine production. Spread across the valley of the Rio Mendoza and in the foothills of the Andean mountain range, Mendoza is also near the Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas. The bustling and scenic city of wide, leafy avenues, atmospheric plazas and cosmopolitan cafes spoils visitors with unique natural attractions and historical landmarks. If you can, visit Mendoza during the harvest festival at the end of February. There are many events and festivals in Mendoza and they are usually free. Each has a different theme, and they usually have a stage with singing and dancing and booths that sell food around a plaza. Seventy percent of Argentina's wines are produced here, and Mendoza is especially known for its world-famous malbecs.
Which city is cheaper, Mendoza or Puerto Iguazu?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Puerto Iguazu is $49, while the average daily cost in Mendoza is $44. 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 Mendoza in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $40 in Puerto Iguazu For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Mendoza, $34 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Mendoza, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $17, such as in a hostel.
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.
Mendoza's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $8.72 per person, per day on transportation in Mendoza.
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:
Puerto Iguazu Airport Shuttle Transfer:
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:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mendoza
Also for Mendoza, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Transfer in Mendoza:
Private Airport Transfer: Mendoza to El Plumerillo International Airport (MDZ):
Private Airport Transfer: El Plumerillo International Airport (MDZ) to Mendoza:
Premium Spa Day & Fango Therapy at Cacheuta Hot Springs with Lunch and Transfers:
Shared 1-Way or Round Trip MDZ Airport Transfer:
Private 1-Way or Round-Trip MDZ Airport Transfer:
Mendoza Airport Shuttle Transfer:
Mendoza Airport Arrival Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Iguazu or Mendoza?
Prices for flights to both Mendoza 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.
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.
While meal prices in Mendoza can vary, the average travelers spends about $20 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Mendoza should cost around $8.00 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Mendoza is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
Puerto Iguazu $18
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:
Skip the Line: Dinner Tango Show in Iguazu Falls Ticket:
Folkloric Show with Dinner at Rafain Churrascaria:
Rafain Steakhouse Show - Dinner and Show Included:
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):
Full day Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side + Dinner Tango Show:
Visit to Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side + Dinner Samba Show in Rafain:
Typical Food prices in Mendoza
For Mendoza, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mendoza
For Mendoza, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Gourmet Dinner at Espacio Trapiche:
Cooking class experience at a Mendoza winery:
Asado cooking class and dinner in Mendoza city.:
Winery dinner. Enjoy the best restaurant in a winery:
In Puerto Iguazu, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $16 per person, per day.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Mendoza can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $12 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
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 Mendoza
For Mendoza, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
3-Days Getaway for Wine lovers - Mendoza Experience!:
360º Tour: Vintage classic driving in the Uco Valley.:
4-Day Semi-private Mendoza Wine Experience:
4-Days of Adventure at Mendoza - Beauty & Adrenaline:
4-day Semi-private Tour of Mendoza Andes & Wine:
5-Day Adventure Trip in Mendoza:
5-Day Private Tour of Mendoza:
7-Day Mendoza & Bariloche Adventure: Horseback riding, Wine, Trekking & Kayaking:
7-Day Mendoza & Santiago de Chile Adventure tour:
Aconcagua hiking tour Quebrada del Durazno:
Amazing High mountain tour to Aconcagua:
Andes Hiking Experience Full Day:
Typically, people visiting Puerto Iguazu spend on average $7.73 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typically, people visiting Mendoza spend on average $7.47 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Typical Alcohol prices in Mendoza
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Mendoza:
Sample the Local Flavors in Mendoza
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Mendoza:
Half-Day Wine Tour with Tastings:
Vineyards with Wine Tasting in Mendoza:
Full Day Wine Tour with 3 Course Lunch:
Mendoza Wine Tour with Lunch:
Sunday Wine Tasting Tour and Argentinien BBQ:
Bike wine tour. Visit 2 of the best wineries:
Private Uco Valley Tour including Lunch and Wine Tasting from Mendoza:
Private Lujan Wine Tour with Gourmet Wine-Paired Lunch from Mendoza:
Half day wine tour. Visit 2 wineries in Lujan de Cuyo:
Private Wine Tasting and Vineyards Tour from Mendoza:
Deluxe Mendoza Half-Day Wine Tasting Tour:
Bike wine tours. Visit 3 wineries and enjoy gourmet lunch:
When comparing the travel costs between Puerto Iguazu and Mendoza, we can see that Puerto Iguazu 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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