Should you visit Punta del Este or Puerto Varas?
If you're trying to decide where to visit between Punta del Este or Puerto Varas, 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.
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.
Which city is cheaper, Puerto Varas 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 Puerto Varas is $110. 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 Puerto Varas in more detail.
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.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Puerto Varas is $136. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
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.
Puerto Varas food costs typically run travelers around $25 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
Punta del Este $22
Puerto Varas $25
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.
The average price of local transportation around Puerto Varas is $21 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.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Punta del Este
Also for Punta del Este, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Arrival Transfer: Punta del Este Airport to Hotel:
Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Punta del Este Airport:
Private Transfer to Garzon Restaurant by Francis Mallmann:
Punta del Este Airport Private Transfer:
Punta del Este Wine Tour, Bodega Garzon, Private Transfer:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Varas
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Varas:
Puerto Varas Airport Private Transfer:
Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Varas:
Puerto Varas Bus Terminal Private Transfer:
Puerto Montt Departure Transfer from Hotel in Puerto Varas:
Puerto Varas Airport Shuttle Transfer:
Transfer from Puerto Varas to Puerto Montt Airport:
Cruce Andino Office Shuttle Transfer from Puerto Varas:
Is it cheaper to fly into Punta del Este or Puerto Varas?
Prices for flights to both Puerto Varas 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.
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.
Puerto Varas's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $19 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 Punta del Este
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Punta del Este.
La Vista 360 Admission Ticket:
Punta del Este City Tour Clasico con Puesta del Sol en Casapueblo:
Punta del Este City Sightseeing Tour:
Art Studio Tour in Punta del Este:
Punta del Este City Tour:
Wine Lovers - Punta Wine Experience:
Punta del Este Special Art Tour:
Punta del Este Shore Excursion: Private Sightseeing Tour of Punta del Este:
Tours and Activities in Puerto Varas
Here are a few actual costs in Puerto Varas for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Chiloe Island Tour from Puerto Varas in Private:
Frutillar & Llanquihue Private Tour from Puerto Varas:
Frutillar Bike Tour from Puerto Varas:
Frutillar Tour: Southern Traditions:
Full-Day Guided Tour to Villa Peulla from Puerto Varas:
Full-Day Tour to Petrohue Falls Through the Lake District , Chile:
Greater Island Chiloe Tour from Puerto Varas:
Half-Day Small-Group Rafting Experience in Petrohué River:
Lake Llanquihue Bike Tour in Puerto Varas:
Osorno Volcano Tour:
Petrohue Falls and Osorno Volcano Bike Tour:
Petrohue Waterfalls & Osorno Volcano Half-Day Tour:
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.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Puerto Varas may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $6.57 per day on alcoholic beverages.
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:
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 Punta del Este and Puerto Varas, we can see that Puerto Varas is more expensive. And not only is Punta del Este much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Punta del Este would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Punta del Este 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 Punta del Este.
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