A Travel Price Comparison for Argentina Puerto Iguazu vs. Mendoza for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Puerto Iguazu or Mendoza?

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

Should I visit Puerto Iguazu or Mendoza? 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 Mendoza?

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.

Mendoza

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.

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Which place 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 $8.06, while the average daily cost in Mendoza is $7.23. 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 Mendoza in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Puerto Iguazu $3.20
    Mendoza $2.75
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Puerto Iguazu $6.40
    Mendoza $5.50
Compare Hotels in Puerto Iguazu and Mendoza

Looking for a hotel in Puerto Iguazu or Mendoza? 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 Mendoza


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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 Mendoza Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $2.47
    Mendoza $1.43

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Iguazu

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

  • Transfer from Iguazú Airport to hotels on the Argentine side: $15
  • Transfer In + Transfer Out IGR Airport Puerto Iguazú Hotels Selva de Iryapu: $145
  • One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer: $8.00
  • One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer: $11
  • Puerto Iguazu Airport Shuttle Transfer: $7.59
  • Puerto Iguazú Combo: Iguazu Falls 2 Day Tours + transfers: $98
  • Iguazu Falls Saver Package! Both sides excursions & transfers : $79
  • Iguazu Falls Argentina Airport Roundtrip Transfer to Hotels: $12
  • Iguazu Airport Private Transfer: $17
  • Iguazú Falls Brazil & Argentina 3-Day In-Out Transfers: $47
  • Argentine and Brazilian Falls with transfers: $51

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Mendoza

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

  • Vistalba Winery + Susana Balbo Lunch. (Michelin Guide) Transfer inc: $230
  • Visit Trapiche+Lunch El Enemigo (Michelin). Private transfer: $300
  • Trapiche Winery + Laur + Antigal Winery Lunch.Transfer included: $200
  • Transfer to Salentein Uco Valley with Lunch and Visit: $260
  • Transfer from the Airport to your Hotel in Mendoza: $40
  • Tasting in two wineries + full lunch. Transfer included: $160
  • Shared Transfer Mendoza Bus Station / Downtown Hotel: $25
  • Private transfers to Vinicolas de Lujan and Maipú: $150
  • Private Transfer Vinicolas Valle de Uco: $190
  • Private Transfer Vinicolas Lujan de Cuyo / Maipu: $120
  • One Way Shared Transfer Mendoza Airport/Downtown Hotel: $36
  • Shared 1-Way or Round Trip MDZ Airport Transfer: $10

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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Puerto Iguazu $2.96
    Mendoza $3.23

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:

  • Argentine Experience: Immersive Dinner & Wine Pairing in Iguazú: $60
  • Tour and Dinner on board the Kattamaram and Sunset: $69
  • Iguazu Falls: The Argentine Experience Interactive Dinner: $69
  • Puerto Iguazú: Madero Tango Show with Optional Dinner: $76
  • Experience Guamini Mision Dinner and Tango Show Selva Iriapu Hotels Exclusive: $110
  • Rafain Steakhouse Dinner & Show: $117
  • Dinner Show Rafain Steakhouse from Puerto Iguazú Hotels Private Tour: $120
  • Dinner Show Rafain Steakhouse Gran Meliá Hotel Exclusive - Private Tour: $120
  • From Foz do Iguaçu: Madero Tango with dinner: $123
  • Foz do Iguaçu: Argentinean Cooking Class: $135
  • Experience Guamini Mision Dinner and Tango Show Gran Meliá Iguazú Exclusive: $145
  • Experience Guamini Mision Dinner and Tango Show Belmond Hotel: $160

Typical Food Prices in Mendoza

For Mendoza, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Empanadas
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Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Mendoza

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

  • Bar Safari: 4 Best Mendoza’s Bars in 1 night. + Full Dinner: $137
  • Horseback Riding at Sunset and Dinner in Mendoza: $160
  • Full-Day Small-Group Mendoza Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch or Dinner: $184
  • Empanadas Cooking Class in a local's kitchen: $200
  • Night Visit to Bodega Toneles + Dinner at El Enemigo. Transport: $270

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $2.64
    Mendoza $2.04

Tours and Activities in Puerto Iguazu

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

  • 3hr Experience Learning to Make an Argentine Asado: $150
  • Adventure at the Iguazú Fly Park: $80
  • Argentina Iguazu Falls Bus Tour: $41
  • Argentina: Full-Day Iguazu Falls and Great Adventure Tour: $139
  • Argentine Falls Full-Day Guided Tour One of the 7 Wonders of the World: $26
  • Argentinean Falls with Gran Aventura Boat Tour: $227
  • Argentinean Side Iguassu Falls - Private Tour Hotels in Puerto Iguazú Exclusive: $140
  • Argentinian Iguazu Falls Full Day Tour: $26
  • Bird Park & Iguassu Brazilian Side From Puerto Iguazú Hotels - Private Tour: $120
  • Brazilian Side of Iguazu Falls Half-Day Sightseeing Tour : $34
  • Brazilian Side of Iguazu Falls Tour from Puerto Iguazu: $55
  • Brazilian Side of the Falls - All Tickets Included: $67

Tours and Activities in Mendoza

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

  • Zipline Adventure: Exploring Potrerillos Valley: $85
  • 3 Wineries Tour Half Day: $36
  • Aconcagua short hike, and high mountain tour with barbecue.: $185
  • Adrenaline Canopy Tour on the Mendoza River: $91
  • Adventure Park - Unforgettable Challenge!: $75
  • Andes Day Hiking Tour Experience : $155
  • Andes High Mountain full day Tour: $78
  • Andes Hiking Experience Full Day: $175
  • Andes Mountain Tour Circuit Mt Aconcagua: $220
  • Asado em Casa Mendocina Experience with Friends: $150
  • Bike Tour - Meet San Martín Park: $58
  • Charms of Mendoza Private Tour 3 Wineries with Paired Lunch: $380

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Puerto Iguazu $1.27
    Mendoza $1.23

Typical Alcohol Prices in Mendoza

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Mendoza:


  • Beer
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Sample the Local Flavors in Mendoza

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Mendoza:

  • Classic Wine Tasting: $22
  • Half-Day Wine Tour with Tastings: $36
  • Premium Wine Tasting: $45
  • Vineyards with Wine Tasting in Mendoza: $47
  • Full Day Wine Tour with 3 Course Lunch: $96
  • Argentinean Asado with Local Host and Wine Tasting: $99
  • Wine Tour with Lunch and Transport in Mendoza: $100
  • Private Wine Tour, Tastings and Lunch with Pairings: $150
  • Private Maipu Valley Wine Tour from Mendoza: $160
  • wine tours in wine country mendoza Argentina: $160
  • Wine Tour with Lunch from Mendoza: $166
  • Mendoza Wine Tour with Lunch: $180


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.

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 Mendoza Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Puerto Iguazu or Mendoza?

Mendoza has a larger population, and is about 30 times larger than the population of Puerto Iguazu. When comparing the sizes of Puerto Iguazu and Mendoza, 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.