Should you visit Puerto Iguazu or Punta del Este?
Should I visit Puerto Iguazu or Punta del Este? 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.
Punta del Este
Punta del Este with its many beaches, elegant seaside homes, yacht harbor, high-rise apartment buildings, pricey hotels, ardent night scene and glitzy restaurants is a chic beach resort town in Uruguay. Many tourists come from Brazil and Argentina, on the other side of the Rio de la Plata, to get some nice sun and lay on the beach for a weekend getaway. Punta del Este is more expensive than other areas in Uruguay and has been called the Monaco of South America. Tourist season varies wildly from totally deserted in the winter to very crowded in the summer.
Which city is cheaper, Punta del Este or Puerto Iguazu?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Puerto Iguazu is $55, while the average daily cost in Punta del Este is $68. 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 Punta del Este in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $44 in Puerto Iguazu For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
The prices for places to stay in Punta del Este can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $38, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $76.
The average traveler spends about $20 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.
The price of a meal in Punta del Este can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $21 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $8.40 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Meals for one day
Puerto Iguazu $20
Punta del Este $21
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:
Foz do Iguacu: 2-Hour Rafain Churrascaria Show with Dinner:
Skip the Line: Dinner Tango Show in Iguazu Falls Ticket:
Folkloric Show with Dinner at Rafain Churrascaria:
Rafain Steakhouse Show - Dinner and Show Included:
Tio Querido Ranch Dinner and Show:
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):
To get around in Puerto Iguazu, the average visitor spends $17 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.
Punta del Este'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 $15 per person, per day on transportation in Punta del Este.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Iguazu
Also for Puerto Iguazu, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Iguazu Falls: Day Tour including transfers and guided tour:
Iguazu Falls Pass: Transfers in/out + Visit to Iguazu Falls Argentininan Side:
Private One-Way Airport Transfer:
Iguazu: Transfer from Argentina Side:
Iguazú Falls Brazil & Argentina 3-Day In-Out Transfers:
Iguazu Airport Private Transfer:
Private 1-Way Airport Transfer: Downtown Foz do Iguaçu:
Puerto Iguazu Airport Shuttle Transfer:
Iguassu Falls Argentina Airport R/T Transfer to Hotels:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Punta del Este
Also for Punta del Este, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Punta del Este Wine Tour, Bodega Garzon, Private Transfer:
Punta del Este Airport Private Transfer:
Private Transfer to Garzon Restaurant by Francis Mallmann:
Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Punta del Este Airport:
Private Arrival Transfer: Punta del Este Airport to Hotel:
Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Iguazu or Punta del Este?
Prices for flights to both Punta del Este 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.
In Puerto Iguazu, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $18 per person, per day.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Punta del Este can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $7.27 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 Punta del Este
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Punta del Este.
Art Studio Tour in Punta del Este:
La Vista 360 Admission Ticket:
Punta del Este City Sightseeing Tour:
Punta del Este City Tour:
Punta del Este City Tour Clasico con Puesta del Sol en Casapueblo:
Punta del Este Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of Punta del Este:
Punta del Este Special Art Tour:
Wine Lovers - Punta Wine Experience:
Typically, people visiting Puerto Iguazu spend on average $8.58 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Punta del Este, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $5.32.
Sample the Local Flavors in Punta del Este
Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Punta del Este:
Wine Tasting from Punta del Este:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Puerto Iguazu and Punta del Este, we can see that Punta del Este 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 Punta del Este would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Punta del Este than you might in Puerto Iguazu.
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