Should you visit Puerto Varas or Puerto Natales?
Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel cost comparison between Puerto Varas and Puerto Natales 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.
Puerto Natales is a beautiful town located in the Chilean Patagonia on the Senoret Channel. The city is often used as a base camp for trips to the surrounding national parks due to their plentiful restaurant options and access to internet. Puerto Natales is also known for being the base city to the Torres del Paine National Park, which was named the 5th most beautiful place in the world by National Geographic.
Which city is cheaper, Puerto Natales 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 Puerto Natales is $82. 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 Puerto Natales 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.
Puerto Natales's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $74. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $37.
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.
Puerto Natales food costs typically run travelers around $27 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.
Meals for one day
Puerto Varas $24
Puerto Natales $27
Typical Food prices in Puerto Natales
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Puerto Natales:
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.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $19 per day to get around in Puerto Natales.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Varas
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Varas:
Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Varas:
Cruce Andino Office Shuttle Transfer from Puerto Varas:
Puerto Montt Departure Transfer from Hotel in Puerto Varas:
Puerto Varas Airport Private Transfer:
Puerto Varas Airport Shuttle Transfer:
Puerto Varas Bus Terminal Private Transfer:
Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Natales
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Natales:
Puerto Natales Airport Private Transfer:
Shared Transfer From Puerto Natales To Villa Serrano And Lago Grey Round Trip Or One Way:
Is it cheaper to fly into Puerto Varas or Puerto Natales?
Prices for flights to both Puerto Natales 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.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $28 per person, per day in Puerto Natales. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
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:
Tours and Activities in Puerto Natales
Here are a few actual costs in Puerto Natales for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Bus ticket to El Calafate, Argentina:
Excursion City Tour By Bike:
Bus ticket from Puerto Natales (Chile) to El Calafate (Argentina):
Puerto Natales Sightseeing Bike Tour:
City Bike Tour in Puerto Natales:
Full day tour Torres del Paine:
Full day tour Torres del Paine:
Full-Day Tour to Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales(First Class):
Full-Day Tour of Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales:
Full-Day Hiking Tour to the Base of Paine Towers at Torres del Paine National Park:
Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Sightseeing Cruise from Puerto Natales:
Private Tour: Torres del Paine National Park and Milodon Cave with Lunch:
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.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Puerto Natales may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $17 per day on alcoholic beverages.
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:
Typical Alcohol prices in Puerto Natales
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Puerto Natales:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Puerto Varas and Puerto Natales, we can see that Puerto Varas is more expensive. And not only is Puerto Natales much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Puerto Natales would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Puerto Natales 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 Puerto Natales.
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