Should you visit Puerto Varas or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Puerto Varas and Lake Titicaca (Puno) can help. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.
Puerto Varas is a city in Southern Chile, in the Los Lagos (Lakes) Region, Llanquihue Province. It is a charming town, only 23 km away from Puerto Montt and surrounded by the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes as well as the impressive Llanquihue lake. In terms of landscape, accommodation and activities, Puerto Varas is well served! Kayak, paddle, canyoning, rock climbing, trekking, ski, fishing, you name it! If you decide to stop in that area, we recommend that you stay in Puerto Varas, as it provides the perfect starting point for many memorable excursions in the area.
Lake Titicaca (Puno)
Lake Titicaca, which directly translates to "puma stone" in Quechua, is located high in the Andes Mountains straddling Peru and Bolivia, with about 60% of the lake in Peru and 40% in Bolivia. Among the lake are three main islands, the most popular of which are the Uros Islands, also known as the floating islands, where the Uros people live on totora reeds that grow in the lake.
Which city is cheaper, Lake Titicaca (Puno) or Puerto Varas?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Puerto Varas is $105, while the average daily cost in Lake Titicaca (Puno) 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Puerto Varas and Lake Titicaca (Puno) in more detail.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Puerto Varas is $130. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about $38 for a double occupancy room in Lake Titicaca (Puno).
Puerto Varas food costs typically run travelers around $24 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
On average, meal and food prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno) cost around $16 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $6.40.
Meals for one day
Puerto Varas $24
Lake Titicaca (Puno) $16
Typical Food prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno)
Some typical examples of dining costs in Lake Titicaca (Puno) are as follows:
The average price of local transportation around Puerto Varas is $20 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
The average price of local transportation around Lake Titicaca (Puno) is $8.20 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
Puerto Varas $20
Lake Titicaca (Puno) $8.20
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Varas
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Varas:
Cruce Andino Office Shuttle Transfer from Puerto Varas:
Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport:
Puerto Varas Airport Shuttle Transfer:
Puerto Montt Departure Transfer from Hotel in Puerto Varas:
Puerto Varas Bus Terminal Private Transfer:
Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Varas:
Puerto Varas Airport Private Transfer:
Typical Local Transportation prices in Lake Titicaca (Puno)
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Lake Titicaca (Puno):
Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Varas or Lake Titicaca (Puno)?
Prices for flights to both Lake Titicaca (Puno) and Puerto Varas 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.
Puerto Varas's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $18 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Lake Titicaca (Puno)'s costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $22 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Tours and Activities in Puerto Varas
Here are a few actual costs in Puerto Varas for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Osorno Volcano Tour:
Frutillar Tour: Southern Traditions:
Sightseeing Tour Puerto Varas & Puerto Montt:
Half day, traditional city tour:
Speed Boat City Tour in Puerto Varas:
Petrohue Waterfalls & Osorno Volcano Half-Day Tour:
Half-Day Small-Group Rafting Experience in Petrohué River:
Greater Island Chiloe Tour from Puerto Varas:
Full-Day Guided Tour to Villa Peulla from Puerto Varas:
Speed Boat and Walking City Tour in Puerto Varas:
Frutillar Bike Tour from Puerto Varas:
Private Sightseeing Tour in Puerto Varas & Puerto Montt:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Puerto Varas may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $6.30 per day on alcoholic beverages.
The average person spends about $9.23 on alcoholic beverages in Lake Titicaca (Puno) per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Sample the Local Flavors in Puerto Varas
Also in Puerto Varas, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Osorno Volcano & Brewery Tour in Puerto Varas:
Heritage City Tour and Brewery in Puerto Varas:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Puerto Varas and Lake Titicaca (Puno), we can see that Puerto Varas is more expensive. And not only is Lake Titicaca (Puno) much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Lake Titicaca (Puno) would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Lake Titicaca (Puno) 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 Puerto Varas would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Puerto Varas than you might in Lake Titicaca (Puno).
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