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

Should you visit Puerto Iguazu or Salvador?

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

Should I visit Puerto Iguazu or Salvador? 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 Salvador?

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.


Salvador de Bahia was the first capital of Brazil, founded by the Portuguese in 1549. Also known as "Brazil's capital of happiness," Salvador is famous for its plentiful and spirited street festivals. The third most populous city in Brazil, Salvador is also well-known for its Afro-Brazilian culture and Portuguese colonial architecture.

Which place is cheaper, Salvador or Puerto Iguazu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Puerto Iguazu is $8.53, while the average daily cost in Salvador is $45. 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 Salvador in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Puerto Iguazu $3.39
    Salvador $25
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Puerto Iguazu $6.78
    Salvador $50
Compare Hotels in Puerto Iguazu and Salvador

Looking for a hotel in Puerto Iguazu or Salvador? 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 Salvador

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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 Salvador Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $2.62
    Salvador $6.17

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: $43
  • Iguazú Falls Brazil & Argentina 3-Day In-Out Transfers: $39
  • Iguazu Airport Private Transfer: $51
  • Iguazu Falls Argentina Airport Roundtrip Transfer to Hotels: $10
  • Iguazu Falls Saver Package! Both sides excursions & transfers : $79
  • Puerto Iguazú Round-Trip Airport Transfer: $10
  • Puerto Iguazu Airport Shuttle Transfer: $6.85
  • One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer: $8.00
  • One-Way or Round Trip Airport Transfer: $7.00
  • Transfer In + Transfer Out IGR Airport Puerto Iguazú Hotels Selva de Iryapu: $145
  • Transfer from Iguazú Airport to hotels on the Argentine side: $15
  • Transfers IGR (ARG) from IGU (BRA) with PasseioTur: $90

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Salvador

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Salvador:

  • Bus from Airport

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Salvador

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salvador:

  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Salvador HTL-APT(SSA): $66
  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer service in Salvador APT-HTL(SSA): $66
  • Transfers: Airport, Hotels, Maritime Terminals, Bus Station.: $24
  • Transfers between Salvador and Barra Grande Maraú: $291
  • Transfer: Salvador to/from Praia do Forte/Guarajuba: $62
  • Transfer: Salvador to/from Boipeba Island: $131
  • Transfer roundtrip in Salvador with Historical City Tour: $66
  • Transfer in Salvador: $145
  • Transfer from the Airport to Iberostar Praia do Forte or Bahia for up to 4 Pax: $50
  • Transfer from Salvador Airport to North Coast of Bahia: $104
  • Transfer between Salvador Airport and Costa do Sauipe: $106
  • Transfer Vila Galé Mares (Guarajuba) - Executive Van - Private: $124

Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Iguazu or Salvador?

Prices for flights to both Salvador 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 $3.13
    Salvador $13

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 from Foz do Iguaçu: $48
  • Puerto Iguazú: Madero Tango Show with Optional Dinner: $58
  • Madero Tango Show with Optional Dinner in Iguazu: $58
  • Iguazu Falls: The Argentine Experience Interactive Dinner: $69
  • Churrascaria Rafain - Show and Dinner : $107
  • Experience Guamini Mision Dinner and Tango Show Selva Iriapu Hotels Exclusive: $110
  • Rafain Steakhouse Show - Dinner and Show Included: $115
  • Rafain Steakhouse Dinner & Show: $117
  • The Argentine Experience: wine & dinner experience: $118
  • Dinner Show Rafain Steakhouse Gran Meliá Hotel Exclusive - Private Tour: $120
  • Dinner Show Rafain Steakhouse from Puerto Iguazú Hotels Private Tour: $120
  • From Foz do Iguaçu: Madero Tango with dinner: $123

Typical Food Prices in Salvador

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Salvador:

  • Dinner for 2

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Salvador

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Salvador.

  • Bahia Noite - Folkloric Show and Dinner, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil: $68
  • 7-Recipe Boozy Cooking Class in Salvador: $75
  • Salvador by Night: Cultural Dinner and Show: $104
  • Folk Show - Bahia Night (Dinner Included) by Salvador Receptivo: $110
  • Private Bahian Cooking Class - An Amazing Experience!: $113
  • Bahia By Night: Dinner and Folkloric show: $114
  • Cultural Folkloric Show and Dinner in Salvador: $130
  • Private Cooking Experience with local in Salvador: $130
  • Baiana Cooking Class with Market Visit & Lunch: $156

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $2.79
    Salvador $5.82

Tours and Activities in Puerto Iguazu

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

  • Puerto Iguazú: Iguazú Biocenter Tour: $18
  • Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side Full-Day Tour: $18
  • Argentinian Iguazu Falls Full Day Tour: $23
  • Argentine Falls Full-Day Guided Tour One of the 7 Wonders of the World: $23
  • Hito Tres Fronters and La Aripuca City Tour: $24
  • Private Zip Line and Rappel Adventure in Puerto Iguazú: $25
  • Ciudad del Este Shopping Tour: $27
  • Brazilian Side of Iguazu Falls Half-Day Sightseeing Tour : $29
  • Iguazu Falls Brazilian Side Tour: $31
  • From Guarani Village Tour with brunch: $32
  • Tour to Iguaçu Brazilian Falls from Argentina: $34
  • Iguazu Falls Full Day Tour Argentine Side With Optional Brazilian Falls: $34

Tours and Activities in Salvador

Here are a few actual costs in Salvador for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Afro-Brazilian Roots city Tour in Salvador with lunch at Favela: $150
  • Afro-Brazilian Roots Private City Tour in Salvador": $104
  • Bahia 500 Years Historic Tour, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil: $25
  • Bike Rentals and Bike Tours: $143
  • Cachoeira Countryside Flavor Private Tour from Salvador: $160
  • Candomblé Ceremony Tour from Salvador: $80
  • Candomblé Cerimony Tour: $62
  • Candomble Religion Mysteries Private Tour in Salvador: $80
  • City Tour in Salvador Discover the first capital of Brazil: $124
  • Costa de Camaçari Beach and Praia Tour: $131
  • Cruise Ship Special Private Tour Salvador da Bahia Historic Old Town Bonfim and Barra: $153
  • Culinary Traditions Tour: $180

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Puerto Iguazu $1.34
    Salvador $5.52

Typical Alcohol Prices in Salvador

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Salvador:

  • Beers for 2
  • Drinks

Sample the Local Flavors in Salvador

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Salvador:

  • Tropical Night Samba Drinks Pub crawl in Salvador: $73

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

Which is Bigger, Puerto Iguazu or Salvador?

Salvador has a larger population, and is about 80 times larger than the population of Puerto Iguazu. When comparing the sizes of Puerto Iguazu and Salvador, 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.