Should you visit Salento or Puerto Montt?
Should I visit Salento or Puerto Montt? 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.
Founded in 1850, Salento is one of the oldest towns in Quindio. This colonial Colombian town has retained much of its old world charm, with its colorful buildings, large square and, of course, the obligatory church. Because the main route between Cali and Bogota which used to pass through Salento was diverted, the town didn't develop as quickly as others in the Quindio region. This gave Salento the opportunity to evolve into a thriving community of craftsmen and artisans as well as remaining one of the region's most prolific coffee producers. Salento is located 24 km northeast of the departmental capital Armenia. However, unlike its colorful neighbor, Armenia itself has very little to offer tourists. Salento attracts those wishing to learn about the coffee regions and for those who simply admire breathtaking scenery, and especially the stunning Cocora Valley.
The Lake District is a region of snow capped volcanoes, pale green lakes and endless miles of virgin and ancient forests. Found 1,016 km away from Santiago de Chile, Puerto Montt is famous for its beautiful lakes and its germanic architecture, old wooden houses and its legendary Iglesia Catedral, found on the town's main square, la Plaza de Armas. The monument, entirely built with alerce (cypress) wood, is the oldest building of the city. The capital of the Lake Region is a good starting point for many memorable excursions in the area.
Which city is cheaper, Puerto Montt or Salento?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Salento is $26, while the average daily cost in Puerto Montt is $86. 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 Salento and Puerto Montt in more detail.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around $9.09. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Salento the cost is $18 on average.
The average price for accommodation for two people in Puerto Montt is $118. This is for two people sharing a typical double occupancy hotel room.
While meal prices in Salento can vary, the average travelers spends about $7.62 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Salento should cost around $3.05 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Salento is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
The price of a meal in Puerto Montt can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $21 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $8.40 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Meals for one day
Puerto Montt $21
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around $12 per day to get around in Salento.
The average price of local transportation around Puerto Montt is $6.22 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 Salento
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Salento:
Arrival or Departure Transfer: Armenia Airport, Bus Station / Salento, Filandia:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Puerto Montt
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Puerto Montt:
Puerto Montt Shuttle Transfer:
Private Airport Transfer: Puerto Montt to Puerto Montt - El Tepual Airport (PMC):
Puerto Montt Airport Private Transfer:
Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Puerto Varas:
Cruce Andino Office Private Transfer from Puerto Montt:
Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Frutillar:
Transfer Puerto Montt Airport to Castro:
Transfer from Puerto Montt Airport to Castro:
Is it cheaper to fly into Salento or Puerto Montt?
Prices for flights to both Puerto Montt and Salento 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.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around $9.49 per person, per day in Salento. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Puerto Montt'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.
Tours and Activities in Salento
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Salento are as follows:
Permaculture and Traditional Coffee Tour at Momota Salento:
Cocora Valley & Hummingbirds House Adventure:
Cocora Valley on a Jeep & Hike Day Tour:
Coffee Farm Hacienda El Ocaso Half-Day Tour:
Full-Day Coffee Farm Experience at Finca El Ocaso from Salento:
Coffee Amusement & Museum Park Day Tour:
Cocora Valley + Horseback Riding Day Tour:
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Filandia Coffee Town (from Salento):
Santa Rosa de Cabal and Hot Springs Full-Day Tour:
Full day coffee farm experience at Hacienda San Alberto from Salento:
Full Day Tour of Cocora Valley, Salento, and Coffee Farm Tour (from Salento):
Wax Palms, Salento and Coffee Private Full Day Tour:
Tours and Activities in Puerto Montt
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Puerto Montt are as follows:
Frutillar Half Day Tour From Puerto Montt:
Private Tour: Puerto Montt Sightseeing:
Half day traditional city tour:
Chiloe Island Tour from Puerto Montt:
Full-Day Osorno Vulcano and Petrohue Falls Small-Group Tour:
Chiloe Island - Puñihuil Tour:
Frutillar Tour from Puerto Montt in Private:
Day Tour Frutillar, Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt:
Day tour Petrohue Falls, Osorno Volcano & Puerto Varas:
Shore Excursion: Private City Tour of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas:
Private Shore Excursion Tour to Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas and Frutillar:
Puerto Montt Shore Excursion: City Tour and Frutillar Tour with German Colonial Museum:
The average person spends about $9.31 on alcoholic beverages in Salento per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
The average person spends about $4.35 on alcoholic beverages in Puerto Montt per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Salento and Puerto Montt, we can see that Puerto Montt is more expensive. And not only is Salento much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Salento would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Salento 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 Montt would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Puerto Montt than you might in Salento.
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