A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Punta del Este vs. La Paz for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Punta del Este or La Paz?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Punta del Este or La Paz, this travel cost comparison can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Punta del Este

Punta del Este with its many beaches, elegant seaside homes, yacht harbor, high-rise apartment buildings, pricey hotels, ardent night scene and glitzy restaurants is a chic beach resort town in Uruguay. Many tourists come from Brazil and Argentina, on the other side of the Rio de la Plata, to get some nice sun and lay on the beach for a weekend getaway. Punta del Este is more expensive than other areas in Uruguay and has been called the Monaco of South America. Tourist season varies wildly from totally deserted in the winter to very crowded in the summer.

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.

Which city is cheaper, La Paz or Punta del Este?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Punta del Este is $69, while the average daily cost in La Paz is $36. 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 Punta del Este and La Paz in more detail.



Accommodation

The prices for places to stay in Punta del Este can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is $38, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around $76.

Travelers usually pay around $26 for a double occupancy room in La Paz If you want to be in a premiere location or have high end amenities, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Punta del Este $38
    La Paz $13
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Punta del Este $76
    La Paz $26

Food

The price of a meal in Punta del Este can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $22 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $8.80 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

La Paz food costs typically run travelers around $13 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.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Punta del Este $22
    La Paz $13

Typical Food prices in La Paz

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


  • Fruit
    $0.72

Local Transportation

Punta del Este'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 $15 per person, per day on transportation in Punta del Este.

To get around in La Paz, the average visitor spends $7.58 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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Punta del Este $15
    La Paz $7.58

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Punta del Este

Also for Punta del Este, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Punta del Este Wine Tour, Bodega Garzon, Private Transfer: $338
  • Punta del Este Airport Private Transfer: $45
  • Private Transfer to Garzon Restaurant by Francis Mallmann: $269
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Punta del Este Airport: $40
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Punta del Este Airport to Hotel: $40

Typical Local Transportation prices in La Paz

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $0.58

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Paz

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

  • Private Transfer: La Paz to El Alto International Airport (LPB): $622
  • La Paz Airport Transfer One Way: $373
  • La Paz International Airport (LAP) to La Paz hotels -Round-Trip Private Transfer: $157
  • La Paz hotels to La Paz International Airport (LAP) - Departure Private Transfer: $78
  • La Paz International Airport (LAP) to La Paz hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $78
  • Private Transfer from Airport to your Hotel in La Paz City: $70
  • Private Transfer From Bus Station to Hotel in La Paz City: $62
  • Private Transfer From your Hotel to Bus Station in La Paz City: $62
  • Private Transfer From Hotel to Airport in La Paz City: $62
  • Private Transfer From Bus Station to your Hotel in La Paz City: $49
  • Private Transfer from your Hotel to Airport in La Paz City: $49
  • Private Transfer from Airport to your Hotel in La Paz City: $49

Is it cheaper to fly into Punta del Este or La Paz?

Prices for flights to both La Paz and Punta del Este 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

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Punta del Este can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $7.41 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

In La Paz, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $13 per person, per day.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Punta del Este $7.41
    La Paz $13

Tours and Activities in Punta del Este

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Punta del Este.

  • Art Studio Tour in Punta del Este: $75
  • La Vista 360 Admission Ticket: $10
  • Punta del Este City Sightseeing Tour: $33
  • Punta del Este City Tour: $93
  • Punta del Este City Tour Clasico con Puesta del Sol en Casapueblo: $25
  • Punta del Este Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of Punta del Este: $188
  • Punta del Este Special Art Tour: $185
  • Wine Lovers - Punta Wine Experience: $150

Tours and Activities in La Paz

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

  • 1 Day Espiritu Santo Island Wonders, Sea Lions and Paddleboard Adventure: $390
  • 1-4 Private Group Rate Tour: Espiritu Santo Island, Sea Lions and Paddleboarding: $739
  • 2 Days: Private Tour to Parque Nacional Sajama from La Paz: $545
  • 2-Day Private Lake Titicaca and Sun Island Tour from La Paz: $482
  • 4 Days Bolivia Private Luxury Tour with English Guide from La Paz Bolivia: $1,538
  • 4 Days Bolivia: Group tour with English Guide from La Paz Bolivia: $696
  • 4-Day Bolivian Amazon Pampas Adventure from La Paz: $774
  • 5 Day Death Road + Uyuni Salt Flats Tour: $442
  • 5-Day Bolivian Amazon Pampas Adventure from La Paz: $729
  • 5-Day Uyuni Salt Flats and Desert Adventure from La Paz: $492
  • 6 Days Private Best of Bolivia Tour from La Paz with Flights VIP: $1,898
  • 6-Day Bolivia Private Tour: La Paz-Uyuni Salt Flats-Lake Titicaca-Tihuanacu: $1,846

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Punta del Este, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $5.43.

Typically, people visiting La Paz spend on average $8.58 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Punta del Este $5.43
    La Paz $8.58

Sample the Local Flavors in Punta del Este

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Punta del Este:

  • Wine Tasting from Punta del Este: $128


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

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