A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Puerto Madryn vs. La Paz for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Puerto Madryn or La Paz?

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

Should I visit Puerto Madryn or La Paz? 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 Madryn or La Paz?

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.

La Paz

La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia, has a breathtaking setting. The city is the highest national capital in the world, with an altitude ranging from about 4,058 m (13,313 ft) above sea level in El Alto, where the airport is located, to 3,100 m (10,170 ft) in the lower residential area. The dynamic and chaotic city was built in a canyon created by the Choqueyapu River. La Paz is now a fusion of architectural styles, cultures and beliefs, welcoming everyday new boutique hotels, modern shops, delicious restaurants and reinventing standing establishments. However, generally speaking, Bolivia remains more a backpacker hit than a mainstream tourist destination.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours in Argentina, The Best 3-Week Tours in Argentina, The Best Luxury Tours to Bolivia, and The Best Budget Tours to Bolivia.

Which place is cheaper, La Paz or Puerto Madryn?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Puerto Madryn is $14, while the average daily cost in La Paz is $44. 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 Madryn and La Paz in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Puerto Madryn $5.10
    La Paz $16
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Puerto Madryn $10
    La Paz $32
Compare Hotels in Puerto Madryn and La Paz

Looking for a hotel in Puerto Madryn or La Paz? 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 Madryn

Hotels in La Paz

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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 Madryn Hotel Prices and La Paz Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Puerto Madryn $3.18
    La Paz $9.47

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

Typical Local Transportation Prices in La Paz

Some typical examples of transportation costs in La Paz are as follows:

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Paz

Also for La Paz, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from La Paz City - La Paz Airport (LPB): $21
  • Private Transfer Airport to Hotels Service 24/7: $23
  • Airport Transfer In_ Day: $25
  • Airport Transfer Out_night: $25
  • Bus Station Transfer Out_day: $25
  • Bus Station Transfer Out_night : $25
  • Transfer in Private Minivan from La Paz Airport (LPB) - La Paz City: $27
  • Private Transfer La Paz Airport LPB to La Paz City by MiniVan/Bus: $28
  • Private transfer 24/7 El Alto Airport - Hotels La Paz: $28
  • Private Departure Transfer: La Paz Hotels to El Alto International Airport: $37
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Vehicle La Paz Airport (LPB) - La Paz City: $43
  • Airport Transfer In_night: $47

Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Madryn or La Paz?

Prices for flights to both La Paz and Puerto Madryn 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 Madryn $5.52
    La Paz $17

Typical Food Prices in La Paz

For La Paz, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Fruit

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in La Paz

For La Paz, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • La Paz Food Tour + Cable Car Cultural City tour: $45

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Puerto Madryn $5.61
    La Paz $16
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

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

Tours and Activities in La Paz

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

  • Walking city tour La Paz: $2.71
  • La Paz Half-Day Walking Tour: $3.00
  • La Paz City Walking Tour Including Historical Streets: $5.00
  • City Walking Tour in La Paz: $8.00
  • La Paz Walking City tour plus Cable cars: $10
  • City Tour plus Cable Car La Paz: $10
  • City Highlights Walking Tour with Cable Car Ride: $10
  • Titicaca Lake - Bus Ticket - From La Paz City - Ow: $12
  • Cable Car, Cemetery, Shaman, and El Alto Tour: $20
  • La Paz : Must-See Sites Walking Tour With A Guide: $22
  • City Tour Essential: $22
  • La Paz City Tour Essential: $23

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Puerto Madryn $3.04
    La Paz $11

Sample the Local Flavors in La Paz

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in La Paz:

  • Cultural Pub Crawl La Paz Nightlife Tour : $50

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Puerto Madryn and La Paz, we can see that La Paz is more expensive. And not only is Puerto Madryn much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Puerto Madryn would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Puerto Madryn 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 La Paz would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in La Paz than you might in Puerto Madryn.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Puerto Madryn Expensive? and Is La Paz Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Puerto Madryn or La Paz?

La Paz has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Puerto Madryn. When comparing the sizes of Puerto Madryn and La Paz, 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.