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

Should you visit Puerto Iguazu or Salto?

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

Should I visit Puerto Iguazu or Salto? 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 Salto?

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.

Salto

Salto is in the citrus growing region of Northern Interior Uruguay, on the east bank of the Rio Uruguay. It is closely connected to the neighboring Argentinian city of Concordia that lies across the river on the western bank. Salto is Uruguay's second-largest city and the most northerly crossing point to Argentina. Salto is a very picturesque city that has a relaxing feel the entire year. However, people mostly come here for the nearby hot springs and the recreation area above the enormous Salto Grande hydroelectric dam.

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, Salto 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 Salto is $71. 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 Salto in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Puerto Iguazu $3.20
    Salto $30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Puerto Iguazu $6.40
    Salto $60
Compare Hotels in Puerto Iguazu and Salto

Looking for a hotel in Puerto Iguazu or Salto? 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 Salto


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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 Salto Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $2.47
    Salto $22

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: $47
  • Iguazu Airport Private Transfer: $17
  • Iguazu Falls Argentina Airport Roundtrip Transfer to Hotels: $12
  • Iguazu Falls Saver Package! Both sides excursions & transfers : $79
  • 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 from Iguazú Airport to hotels on the Argentine side: $15

Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Iguazu or Salto?

Prices for flights to both Salto 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
    Salto $25

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 $2.64
    Salto $18

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: $41
  • City tour with stops at tourist attractions: $41
  • From San Ignacio Ruins and Wanda Mines Tour: $46

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Puerto Iguazu $1.27
    Salto $14


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


Which is Bigger, Puerto Iguazu or Salto?

Salto has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Puerto Iguazu. When comparing the sizes of Puerto Iguazu and Salto, 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.