Should you visit Puerto Iguazu or Pucon?
Should I visit Puerto Iguazu or Pucon? 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.
A popular hub for adventure tourism, Pucon is a town in the Lake District of the South American nation of Chile. Located on Lake Villarirca with the snowcapped Villarrica volcano looming above and plenty of forested valleys below, the town has become a home base year-round for a full range of outdoor activities.
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Which city is cheaper, Pucon 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 Pucon is $91. 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 Pucon in more detail.
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.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Pucon is $78. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
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.
The cost of a taxi ride in Pucon is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $18 per person, per day, on local transportation in Pucon.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Iguazu
Also for Puerto Iguazu, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Iguazu Airport Private Transfer:
Iguazu Falls Pass: Transfers in/out + Visit to Iguazu Falls Argentininan Side:
Iguazu Falls: Day Tour including transfers and guided tour:
Iguazu: Transfer from Argentina Side:
Puerto Iguazu Airport Shuttle Transfer:
One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Pucon
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Pucon:
Pucon Temuco Airport Private Transfer:
Private Transfer from Pucon To Temuco Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Iguazu or Pucon?
Prices for flights to both Pucon 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.
Pucon food costs typically run travelers around $34 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 $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:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Pucon
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Pucon.
Learn to Cook Like a Local: Private Cooking Class in a Viña del Mar Home:
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 and activities in Pucon typically cost an average of $34 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Tours and Activities in Puerto Iguazu
For Puerto Iguazu, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Iguazú Biocenter Tour:
Guira Oga Wild Animals Shelter Admission Ticket:
Ciudad del Este Shopping Tour:
Brazilian Side of Iguassu Falls Half-Day Sightseeing Tour from Puerto Iguazú:
From Foz do Iguaçu: Ciudad del Este Shopping Tour:
Visit to San Ignacio Ruins and Wanda Mines Full day Tour:
Sightseeing Tour of the Argentinian and Brazilian Sides of Iguassu Falls:
Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side Full Day Tour with optional Boat Ride:
Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side Half Day Trip with Itaipu Dam Tour Option:
Parque Das Aves from Puerto Iguazu with optional Iguazú Falls Tour:
Brazilian Side of Iguassu Falls and Itaipu Dam Full-Day Sightseeing Tour from Puerto Iguazú:
Iguazu Falls Full Day Tour Argentine Side:
Tours and Activities in Pucon
Here are a few actual costs in Pucon for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Full Day Tour to Conguillio National Park from Pucon:
Half Day Tour to The Eyes Of Caburgua from Pucon:
Mapuche Reserve Horseback Riding Tour in Pucon:
Pucón Sightseeing City Tour:
Sightseeing Tour in Pucon with optional Villarica:
Villarrica Volcanic Caves Park Admission Ticket:
Typically, people visiting Puerto Iguazu spend on average $7.52 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Pucon may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $24 per day on alcoholic beverages.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Puerto Iguazu and Pucon, we can see that Pucon 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 Pucon would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Pucon than you might in Puerto Iguazu.
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