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

Should you visit Puerto Iguazu or Piriapolis?

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

Should I visit Puerto Iguazu or Piriapolis? 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 Piriapolis?

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.


Piriapolis is a small beach town between Montevideo and Punta del Este in Uruguay. It is a more laid back version of Punta del Este with fewer fancy restaurants and clubs but it has perhaps more charm, with its grand old hotel and beachfront promenade backed by small mountains. The rather old-school coastal resort is vaguely reminiscent of a Mediterranean beach town.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Tours for Seniors to Argentina, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Argentina, The Best Adventure Tours to Uruguay, and The Best Cultural Tours in Uruguay.

Which place is cheaper, Piriapolis or Puerto Iguazu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Puerto Iguazu is $7.86, while the average daily cost in Piriapolis is $66. 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 Piriapolis in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Puerto Iguazu $3.12
    Piriapolis $27
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Puerto Iguazu $6.24
    Piriapolis $54
Compare Hotels in Puerto Iguazu and Piriapolis

Looking for a hotel in Puerto Iguazu or Piriapolis? 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 Piriapolis

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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 Piriapolis Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $2.41
    Piriapolis $31

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: $56
  • Iguazú Falls Brazil & Argentina 3-Day In-Out Transfers: $51
  • Iguazu Airport Private Transfer: $17
  • Iguazu Falls Argentina Airport Roundtrip Transfer to Hotels: $17
  • Iguazu Falls Saver Package! Both sides excursions & transfers : $79
  • Iguazu Falls: 2 Days Transfer Argentine/Brazilian/Bird Park: $165
  • Iguazu Falls: Private Transfer to Brazilian/Argentine Falls: $115
  • Puerto Iguazú Combo: Iguazu Falls 2 Day Tours + transfers: $98
  • Puerto Iguazu Airport Shuttle Transfer: $7.59
  • One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer: $8.00
  • One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer: $11
  • Transfer In + Transfer Out IGR Airport Puerto Iguazú Hotels Selva de Iryapu: $145

Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Iguazu or Piriapolis?

Prices for flights to both Piriapolis 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 $2.89
    Piriapolis $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
  • Iguazu Falls: The Argentine Experience Interactive Dinner: $69
  • Madero Tango Show with Optional Dinner in Iguazu: $76
  • Puerto Iguazú: Madero Tango Show with Optional Dinner: $76
  • From Foz do Iguaçu: Madero Tango with dinner: $97
  • Experience Guamini Mision Dinner and Tango Show Selva Iriapu Hotels Exclusive: $110
  • Rafain Steakhouse Dinner & Show: $117
  • Churrascaria Rafain - Show and Dinner : $117
  • Dinner Show Rafain Steakhouse from Puerto Iguazú Hotels Private Tour: $120
  • Dinner Show Rafain Steakhouse Gran Meliá Hotel Exclusive - Private Tour: $120
  • Foz do Iguaçu: Argentinean Cooking Class: $135
  • Experience Guamini Mision Dinner and Tango Show Gran Meliá Iguazú Exclusive: $145

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $2.58
    Piriapolis $5.81

Tours and Activities in Puerto Iguazu

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

  • Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side Full-Day Tour: $18
  • Puerto Iguazú: Iguazú Biocenter Tour: $21
  • Hito Tres Fronters and La Aripuca City Tour: $24
  • Argentinian Iguazu Falls Full Day Tour: $26
  • Ciudad del Este Shopping Tour: $27
  • Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side Tour: $34
  • Brazilian Side of Iguazu Falls Half-Day Sightseeing Tour : $34
  • Argentina Iguazu Falls Bus Tour: $38
  • Iguazu Falls: one-day tour on the Argentine side: $40
  • City tour with stops at tourist attractions: $41
  • Tour to Iguaçu Brazilian Falls from Argentina: $44
  • From San Ignacio Ruins and Wanda Mines Tour: $46

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Puerto Iguazu $1.24
    Piriapolis $8.00

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Puerto Iguazu and Piriapolis, we can see that Piriapolis 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 Piriapolis would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Piriapolis 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 Piriapolis Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Puerto Iguazu or Piriapolis?

Puerto Iguazu has a larger population, and is about 4 times larger than the population of Piriapolis. When comparing the sizes of Puerto Iguazu and Piriapolis, 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.