A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Puerto Iguazu vs. San Pedro de Atacama for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Puerto Iguazu or San Pedro de Atacama?

Should I visit Puerto Iguazu or San Pedro de Atacama? 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

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.

San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama is a gateway to northern Chile. It is a good jumping off point for exploring the area's impressive landscape, most of which is included in the Los Flamencos National Reserve. It is popular with both Chilean and international tourists, and because of its popularity, it is a relatively expensive destination, with many prices comparable to what you might pay in Santiago.

Which city is cheaper, San Pedro de Atacama or Puerto Iguazu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Puerto Iguazu is $57, while the average daily cost in San Pedro de Atacama is $55. 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 San Pedro de Atacama in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $46 in Puerto Iguazu For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

For a normal double-occupancy room in San Pedro de Atacama, $60 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in San Pedro de Atacama, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $30, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Puerto Iguazu $23
    San Pedro de Atacama $30
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Puerto Iguazu $46
    San Pedro de Atacama $60

Food

The average traveler spends about $21 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.

Food in San Pedro de Atacama costs travelers about $13 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Puerto Iguazu $21
    San Pedro de Atacama $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: $27
  • Foz do Iguaçu Folkloric Show with Dinner from Puerto Iguazú: $30
  • Foz do Iguacu: 2-Hour Rafain Churrascaria Show with Dinner: $55
  • Skip the Line: Dinner Tango Show in Iguazu Falls Ticket: $59
  • Folkloric Show with Dinner at Rafain Churrascaria: $63
  • Rafain Steakhouse Show - Dinner and Show Included: $69
  • Tio Querido Ranch Dinner and Show: $69
  • Dinner Tango Show in Iguazú Falls: $85
  • Creative Cooking Class and Dinner with Wine in Iguazu: $87
  • Tio Querido Dinner and Folk Show in Puerto Iguazú: $90
  • Skip the Line: Dinner Samba Show Ticket in Rafain (brazilian side): $99
  • Full day Iguazu Falls Argentinian side + Tango Show (no dinner): $110

Typical Food prices in San Pedro de Atacama

For San Pedro de Atacama, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Empanadas
    $1.49
  • Lunch
    $12
  • Dinner
    $13
  • Drink
    $1.12
  • Empanada
    $6.23

Local Transportation

To get around in Puerto Iguazu, the average visitor spends $18 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.

San Pedro de Atacama'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 $8.70 per person, per day on transportation in San Pedro de Atacama.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $18
    San Pedro de Atacama $8.70

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Iguazu

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

  • Private One-Way Airport Transfer: $98
  • Puerto Iguazu Airport Shuttle Transfer: $30
  • Private 1-Way Airport Transfer: Downtown Foz do Iguaçu: $39
  • Iguazu: Transfer from Argentina Side: $95
  • Iguazu Falls: Day Tour including transfers and guided tour: $245
  • Iguazu Falls Pass: Transfers in/out + Visit to Iguazu Falls Argentininan Side: $110
  • Iguazu Airport Private Transfer: $63
  • Iguazú Falls Brazil & Argentina 3-Day In-Out Transfers: $65
  • Iguassu Falls Argentina Airport R/T Transfer to Hotels: $21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in San Pedro de Atacama

Also for San Pedro de Atacama, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer San Pedro de Atacama Hotels to El Loa Airport Shared Service: $26
  • Shared Transfer from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama Airport: $25
  • Private transfer from San Pedro de Atacama to Calama City: $115
  • Atacama Airport Shuttle Transfer: $30
  • Atacama Airport Private Transfer: $93

Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Iguazu or San Pedro de Atacama?

Prices for flights to both San Pedro de Atacama 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.





Entertainment

In Puerto Iguazu, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $19 per person, per day.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in San Pedro de Atacama can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $20 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Puerto Iguazu $19
    San Pedro de Atacama $20

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: $150
  • 2-Night Iguazu Rainforest Experience at Yacutinga Lodge: $608
  • 2-day Iguazu Falls Argentinian Side + City Tour with 3 frontiers landmark: $115
  • 3-Day Iguazu Falls Adventure: Brazil and Argentina: $363
  • 3-Day Iguazu Falls Exploring Tour: $172
  • 3-Day Iguazu Falls Self Guided Exploring Tour: $213
  • 3-Day Tour: Exploring Iguazu Falls in Private Service: $544
  • 3-Days Iguazu Falls Tour of the Argentinian and Brazilian Side: $491
  • 3-Days Private Experience at Iguazu: $790
  • 4-Day Tour to Iguazu Falls by Air from Buenos Aires: $1,058
  • 5-Day Adventure Trip in Iguazu: $538
  • 6-Day Iguazu Falls & Ibera Marshlands Luxury Tour: $1,800

Typical Entertainment prices in San Pedro de Atacama

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for San Pedro de Atacama's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Sand Boarding
    $66

Tours and Activities in San Pedro de Atacama

For San Pedro de Atacama, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 2- day tour Quitor & Tulor + Moon & Death Valley in Atacama: $129
  • 4-Day Uyuni Salt Flats & Desert Adventure from San Pedro de Atacama: $357
  • 4-Days Experience at Uyuni Salt Flat From San Pedro de Atacama: $1,953
  • 8-Days Unique Experience in San Pedro de Atacama & Easter Island: $1,680
  • Altiplanic Lagoons and Piedras Rojas Tour - Full Day Tour - Private Option: $157
  • Ancestral Caravan with Sandra Flores - Half Day Special Tour - Local Community: $86
  • Archaeological Tour in Atacama: $49
  • Archaeological Tour, Quitor, Tulor, Coyo and San Pedro: $62
  • Archeological Tour: $59
  • Astronomic Tour Experience from San Pedro de Atacama: $65
  • Astronomic tour: $47
  • Astronomical Tour: $42

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Puerto Iguazu spend on average $9.03 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting San Pedro de Atacama spend on average $4.69 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Puerto Iguazu $9.03
    San Pedro de Atacama $4.69

Typical Alcohol prices in San Pedro de Atacama

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in San Pedro de Atacama:


  • Alcohol
    $29


When comparing the travel costs between Puerto Iguazu and San Pedro de Atacama, we can see that Puerto Iguazu is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in South America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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