Should you visit Quito or Valdivia?
Should I visit Quito or Valdivia? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
Nestled between two mountain ranges lies the world's highest capital city, Quito, Ecuador. For history lovers, Quito is a very desirable destination as it's home to the Quito Historic Center – one of the largest and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas.
Even though Quito is full of people – in fact, it's the second most populous city in the country – very few of its inhabitants speak English. Luckily, however, the citizens of Quito tend to speak a slower and more clear Spanish than surrounding areas. This is the perfect place to practice what you read in your Intro to Spanish book.
Before visiting Quito, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, give yourself a few days to grow accustomed to the elevation. Staying 9,350 feet above sea level takes some getting used to. Second, don't be fooled into thinking that just because you're visiting a town on the equator that you'll need all your summer clothes. Because of the city's elevation, the area keeps a relatively cool climate year round.
Valdivia is a vibrant university city situated in southern Chile. It sits at the meeting point of three rivers in the aptly named Region de Los Rios (The Rivers Region) and is approximately 200 kilometers from both Temuco and Puerto Montt. Due to a large student population, Valdivia boasts a youthful and energetic vibe that is visible in its many bars, cafes and restaurants. The city is also known for having one of Chile's best craft beer cultures, which had its early beginnings when German settlers arrived in the 1840s. The rivers, nearby Pacific coastline and wetlands offer plenty for lovers of the outdoors, too.
Which city is cheaper, Valdivia or Quito?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Quito is $41, while the average daily cost in Valdivia is $66. 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 Quito and Valdivia in more detail.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $18. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Quito the cost is $36 on average.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $78 in Valdivia For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
In Quito travelers spend around $16 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Valdivia food costs typically run travelers around $21 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
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Quito
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Quito.
Quito Like a Local Cooking Class:
Ecuadorian Cooking Classes Rooftop (English):
Quito Best Markets and Local Food Tour:
Quito Top Ecuadorian Food Tour and Canelazo at “La Ronda”:
Quito Cooking Class:
Jacchigua Show Including Dinner + Transfer:
Ecuadorian Cooking Class in Quito + Local Market Tour & Exotic Fruit Tasting:
Quito Culinary Tour and Cooking Class:
Gourmet Cooking Class in Historic Quito + Market Tour with Chef Pancho:
Cooking Class at the Andes & Roses (PRIVATE DAY TOUR):
The average price of local transportation around Quito is $5.59 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.
To get around in Valdivia, the average visitor spends $7.83 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.
Typical Local Transportation prices in Quito
Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Quito:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Quito
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Quito:
8-Day Tour of Galapagos and Quito Including Hotels and Transfers:
7-Day Tour of Galapagos and Quito Including Hotel and Transfers:
Private transfer: Quito to Quito International Airport (UIO):
Private transfer: Quito International Airport (UIO) to Quito:
2-Night Quito Experience: Transfer, Tour and Mariscal Accommodation:
transfer airport to hotel in Quito or from Quito to airport:
Quito Airport Private Transfer Service:
Private transfers To Mindo:
Private transfer in or out Quito airport. Bilingual guide-driver:
Transfer IN & OUT of Quito:
Transfer IN & OUT of Quito:
Round-Trip Transfer in Private Minivan from Quito Airport (UIO) to Quito City:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Valdivia
Also for Valdivia, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Valdivia Airport Private Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Quito or Valdivia?
Prices for flights to both Valdivia and Quito 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.
Quito's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $13 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.
In Valdivia, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average $13 per person, per day.
Typical Entertainment prices in Quito
Here are a few typical costs in Quito for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:
Tours and Activities in Quito
Here are a few actual costs in Quito for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
10 days True Ecuador Experience:
12 Day Galapagos Snorkeling Tour:
15-Day Ecuador and Galapagos Highlights Tour from Quito:
15-day Adventure: Experiencing the Andes and Amazon of Ecuador:
16-Day Ecuador Adventure: Andes, Amazon & Galapagos:
1914 Original Trolley City Tour of Quito:
2 Day Private Tour to Mindo Cloud Forest from Quito:
2 Day Private Tour to Otavalo Market & surroundings from Quito:
2 Full Days Exploring The Ecuadorian Amazon | Tour Start In Quito:
2-Day Avenue of the Volcanoes and BaÃ±os Tour from Quito -"Small Group":
2-Day BaÃ±os Full Adrenaline Tour from Quito:
2-Day Private Sightseeing Tour Cotopaxi and Quilotoa:
Tours and Activities in Valdivia
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Valdivia.
Sightseeing Tour in Valdivia:
City tour in Valdivia & Niebla:
Kayak Experience in Valdivia:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Quito may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $14 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Valdivia, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $4.64.
Typical Alcohol prices in Quito
Here are a few samples of the prices for alcohol and nightlife in Quito from other travelers:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Quito and Valdivia, we can see that Valdivia is more expensive. And not only is Quito much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Quito would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Quito 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 Valdivia would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Valdivia than you might in Quito.
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