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

Should you visit Puerto Iguazu or Puerto Madryn?

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

Should I visit Puerto Iguazu or Puerto Madryn? 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 Puerto Madryn?

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.

Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn is mostly known as the gateway to Peninsula Valdes, welcoming tourists who come for whale watching. The Peninsula Valdes is a nature reserve designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site; 97 km long and 63 km wide, it is connected to the continent by an isthmus of 35 km from which we can see both gulfs, San Jose at north and the Nuevo at south.

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 10-Day Tours in Argentina, and The Best 2-Week Tours in Argentina.


Which place is cheaper, Puerto Madryn or Puerto Iguazu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Puerto Iguazu is $7.96, while the average daily cost in Puerto Madryn is $14. 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 Puerto Madryn in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Puerto Iguazu $3.16
    Puerto Madryn $5.10
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Puerto Iguazu $6.32
    Puerto Madryn $10
Compare Hotels in Puerto Iguazu and Puerto Madryn

Looking for a hotel in Puerto Iguazu or Puerto Madryn? 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 Puerto Madryn


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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 Puerto Madryn Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $2.44
    Puerto Madryn $3.18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Iguazu

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

  • 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 from Iguazú Airport to hotels on the Argentine side: $15
  • Iguazu Airport Private Transfer: $17
  • Iguazu Falls Argentina Airport Roundtrip Transfer to Hotels: $17
  • Iguazú Falls Brazil & Argentina 3-Day In-Out Transfers: $51
  • Argentine and Brazilian Falls with transfers: $56
  • Iguazu Falls Saver Package! Both sides excursions & transfers : $79
  • Puerto Iguazú Combo: Iguazu Falls 2 Day Tours + transfers: $98

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Madryn

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Madryn:

  • Trelew Airport Shuttle Transfer To Puerto Madryn : $47
  • From Punta Tombo Day Trip with Hotel Transfer: $105

Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Iguazu or Puerto Madryn?

Prices for flights to both Puerto Madryn 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 $2.93
    Puerto Madryn $5.52

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: $68
  • 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
  • Churrascaria Rafain - Show and Dinner : $117
  • 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
  • Dinner Tango Show in Iguazú Falls: $145

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $2.61
    Puerto Madryn $5.61

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
  • Argentine Falls Full-Day Guided Tour One of the 7 Wonders of the World: $26
  • Ciudad del Este Shopping Tour: $27
  • Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side Tour: $34
  • Brazilian Side of Iguazu Falls Half-Day Sightseeing Tour : $34
  • Iguazu Falls: one-day tour on the Argentine side: $40
  • Argentina Iguazu Falls Bus Tour: $40
  • City tour with stops at tourist attractions: $43
  • From San Ignacio Ruins and Wanda Mines Tour: $46

Typical Entertainment Prices in Puerto Madryn

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Puerto Madryn are as follows:


  • Whale Watching for Two
    $0.34

Tours and Activities in Puerto Madryn

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Puerto Madryn are as follows:

  • 4 x 4 experience around Puerto Madryn: $100
  • Cruise Shore Excursion Ea San Lorenzo Peninsula Valdes - Patagonia - Argentina: $229
  • Cruise Shore Excursion Peninsula Valdes - Pto Madryn - Patagonia - Argentina: $119
  • Cruise Shore Excursion Punta Tombo - Tickets included - Puerto Madryn Patagonia: $129
  • From City and Punta Loma Tour: $97
  • From Florentino Ameghino Dam Day Tour: $194
  • From Penguin Tour & Península Valdés Day Trip: $152
  • From Valdes Peninsula Full-Day Tour: $130
  • Full Day Peninsula Valdes Experience: $90
  • Full Day Peninsula Valdes Experience - optional Whale Watching : $87
  • Full Day Punta Tombo - Walking Among Penguins Experience - Madryn: $105
  • Full-Day Tour to Punta Tombo Penguin Colony : $105

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Puerto Iguazu $1.25
    Puerto Madryn $3.04


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


Which is Bigger, Puerto Iguazu or Puerto Madryn?

Puerto Madryn has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Puerto Iguazu. When comparing the sizes of Puerto Iguazu and Puerto Madryn, 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.